Rob Ryan now has some work to do with star rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro out for the season as the New Orleans Saints have their eyes set on the playoffs.
Vaccaro was an integral piece of the defense that has helped the Saints to get to this point thanks to his ability to play multiple roles in the defensive backfield. Ryan says he now has to move additional pieces around to make up for Vaccaro’s absence, per the team’s official site:
“We’ve lost a lot of great players along the way. A couple of times we were without Malcolm Jenkins and that hurts you. You are without all these players, that’s just how it is. It’s a tough loss, no question. Kenny is a hell of a football player. We have real good players around him that have to step up and have to break that job up. He was doing multiple jobs so we have to break it up and give different guys different roles. Bottom line is, whatever it is we have to be great on Sunday that is for sure.”
Are you looking to get Rafael Bush back?
“That is definitely going to help. He is another good football player that we were missing. He is not all the way back, but he is ready to play and help us in a smaller role. We are excited about having him back. He is an ascending football player.”
Time will tell if the return of Bush will help make up for the loss of Vaccaro. Week 17 against Tampa Bay won’t be much of a test for the secondary, but the postseason surely will be.
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