Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Saints can get by without Jermon Bushrod
By Pat Yasinskas
The New Orleans Saints have lost left tackle Jermon Bushrod.
He has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Although Bushrod is the guy that was responsible for protecting Drew Brees’ blind side, this isn’t a total surprise. The Saints knew Bushrod was going to have a pretty strong market value and they knew their cap situation was going to limit what they could do to keep him. Bushrod will also be reunited with former Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who now is the offensive coordinator in Chicago.
I don’t want to diminish the loss of Bushrod, who made it to two Pro Bowls with the Saints. But this isn’t the end of the world for the Saints because they put their offensive line together differently than most teams. The Saints build from the inside out.
They paid huge money to guard Jahri Evans and good money to fellow guard Ben Grubbs. As long as the Saints are strong at the two guard positions, their philosophy is that they can get by with average guys at the other spots on the offensive line.
There’s precedent there. In recent years, the Saints let right tackle Jon Stinchcomb and left tackle Jammal Brown leave. They replaced them with Zach Strief and Bushrod. That worked out all right.
Maybe now is the time for Charles Brown to step up. Or maybe it’s time for the Saints to bring in some marginal guy from outside. Either way, history has shown that playing with strong guards in New Orleans can make a tackle look good.