New Lions running back Reggie Bush said that when he sat down with the coaching staff to discuss what he could bring to their offense, the most exciting aspect of it was knowing that he’ll have plenty of room to run against defenses that are primed to stop receiver Calvin Johnson.
“It’s a running back’s dream,” Bush said. “That’s the first thing we talked about, when we were watching film. To see those safeties deep, see those safeties rolling over double covering Calvin Johnson, it’s a running back’s dream. We have to be able to run the ball in that situation. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to come here, to be able to bring a balanced attack and help take some of the pressure off Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford and just complement them. I think it’s going to work out well.”
Bush said he’s not concerned about how much he runs the ball, but he’s confident that when he does, he’ll be effective.
“I’ve done three or four carries a game, I’ve done 20, 25 carries a game,” Bush said. “I’m comfortable when we win. That’s what I’m most comfortable with and that’s what I’m here for is to help this team win. I’m not so much worried about my personal stats. I’m at the point in my career now where winning is the most important to me.”
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said that when the team began looking into signing Bush, what stood out more than anything was that he’d be a great locker room presence.
“We already knew his talent, we could see that talent on film and we knew how that talent fit our offense,” Schwartz said. “The thing that we didn’t know is what a good guy he is, what a humble person he is, and what a student of the game he is. We think he’s going to fit real well with the rest of our locker room.”
The Lions are a team that could use a good locker room presence. And a good running back to take advantage of all that room Megatron gives them to run.