When the Detroit Lions went after running back Reggie Bush in the Spring, it was a full court press that found Bush sitting in a private plane across from Head Coach Jim Schwartz, Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan and most importantly Quarterback Matthew Stafford. It was an offer hard to turn down but more than that, it was an opportunity to return to greatness.
“We talked the whole plane ride,” Bush said Wednesday as the Lions prepare for the season-opener against Minnesota. “They just kind of showed me how wide open some of these running lanes are because of the way they have to play Calvin and because of the way defenses are so worried about the passing offense.
The addition of Bush to the backfield will force opposing defenses to play honest and not blitz Stafford so much.
“I just feel like this is maybe my best opportunity yet,” Bush said
“He can take a short pass and make a big play out of it,” Schwartz said. “I like what he can provide in the run game but also in the pass game. He’s a weapon … he has the ability to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.”
The Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are still available