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Schwartz says Lions will use Bush the way the Saints used him


When Lions coach Jim Schwartz joined PFT Live this week, he noted that the Lions’ passing game will open things up for new running back Reggie Bush in a way that playing in another offense might not.

“His talent doesn’t stand alone. The combination of Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson, the rest of our offense — Brandon Pettigrew at tight end, Nate Burleson at wide receiver, it’s a really unique opportunity for a dynamic running back,” Schwartz said.

But while playing with a receiver like Megatron is unique because of the way he draws the defense’s attention, playing in a high-powered passing offense isn’t unique for Bush. Schwartz told Jim Rome that his plan for Bush goes back to the way Bush was used early in his career as a Saint, rather than the way he was used in the last two seasons in Miami.

“Our plan for him is a little bit different than that, maybe going back to a little more the way he was used with the New Orleans Saints,” Schwartz. “We think he can have a greater impact on the game when we give him the ball on his terms, on our terms, rather than running the ball into hard 8 boxes.”

The difference between the role Bush has played in those two offenses is significant: In Bush’s two seasons in Miami he averaged 222 carries and 39 catches a season. In Bush’s five seasons in New Orleans he averaged 105 carries and 59 catches a season. Bush has proven in the last two seasons that he can be the primary every-down back in an NFL offense. But he proved before that that he can be a significant threat even when he’s not carrying the ball 200 times a season. And that may be the Reggie Bush we see in Detroit in 2013.

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28 Responses to “Schwartz says Lions will use Bush the way the Saints used him”
  1. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 22, 2013 7:37 PM

    Miami will learn that running wins football games. You heard it here first

  2. marcinhouston says: Mar 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    To sell tickets, drop screen passes, and be seriously injured and/or fumble on half of the special teams plays where he appears?

  3. nineroutsider says: Mar 22, 2013 7:44 PM

    So does that mean as a training room decoration?

  4. Sackville Rc says: Mar 22, 2013 7:49 PM

    Bush could really be an effective weapon in this offense. It is the defense that concerns me.

  5. dapell says: Mar 22, 2013 8:05 PM

    This makes sense for both sides. The Lions have a crappy run-blocking OL, and as a RB Bush probably wants to have a career beyond the age 28. Reducing the number of hard tackles and hits he takes on running plays will extend his career.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 22, 2013 8:07 PM

    A yard in the lane is worth two in the Bush. Just need to get that lane now.

  7. dcowboy77 says: Mar 22, 2013 8:13 PM

    Bush got a ring so mustve worked with saints.

  8. bradyisthebest says: Mar 22, 2013 8:21 PM

    Bush got a ring because Brees as QB worked out.

  9. malekmj says: Mar 22, 2013 8:31 PM

    OLINE all the way…. SIGN MOORE. DRAFT FISCHER or LANE. Drop Dom and insert Nagy. Boom.

  10. darkneptune73 says: Mar 22, 2013 8:44 PM

    Did the Lions steal the Saints’ playbook from 2009 or something? Good luck trying to emulate what Bush did down there.

  11. sportsbastard says: Mar 22, 2013 8:56 PM

    Am I the only one that thinks Leshoure is the opposite of explosive? If he’s getting the bulk of the carries, the Lions run game is still going to be garbage.

  12. saintsfan26 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:00 PM

    The only problem I see with this is the fact the Matt Stafford is no Drew Brees.

  13. explosionsauce says: Mar 22, 2013 9:08 PM

    Who’s the bigger d bag? Jim Rome (thumbs up) Jim “Know the Rules Harbaugh/What’s that, it’s a rule I can’t throw my red flag?” Schwartz (Thumbs Down)?

  14. lionsmark09 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:08 PM

    Actually Joique Bell will carry a lot.

  15. wvfinfanatic says: Mar 22, 2013 9:20 PM

    Bush would have had more touches in Miami if not for him fumbling and being injured for a third of the season…there was a reason Bess returned punts…no turnovers. Finz may be 8-8 yearly, but better than 4-12 yearly

  16. mjkelly77 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:32 PM

    nineroutsider says:Mar 22, 2013 7:44 PM

    So does that mean as a training room decoration?

    No, that would be jim hairbow when he’s handing out towels in the locker room to the players while he’s staring at their junk.

  17. darkneptune73 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:54 PM

    Hey, I’m being honest. Good luck trying to get Reggie Bush to be as dominate as he was in 2009. No ill will or nothing like that.

  18. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:17 PM

    Good, as a Vikings fan i wasn’t real worried to begin with, now I’m not at all. The Dolphins used Bush as well as you can. The Saints barely used him at all. Its nice being in a division where all you have to worry about is Forte, if he’s playing. Too bad we’re the only one without a qb.

  19. thesportsguy52 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:22 PM

    Who tells Jim Rome anything?

  20. funktron2x says: Mar 22, 2013 10:38 PM

    They’ll use him exactly like they used Best, with the exception of now having power runners alongside him unlike when Best was healthy. No need for any other playbook but their own.

  21. funktron2x says: Mar 22, 2013 10:39 PM

    Leshoure was coming off an Achilles year. We have yet to see him at 100 percent. But maybe he is just ordinary. Hope not.

  22. rickyspanish says: Mar 22, 2013 11:01 PM

    He’s still their head coach?

  23. sbdt says: Mar 22, 2013 11:05 PM

    As a Saints fan I can offer a translation: “We will give him the ball and he will sprint straight out of bounds, usually for a loss.”

  24. mumfio says: Mar 22, 2013 11:29 PM

    Reggie Bush was Miami’s best offensive player & it makes no sense to let him walk like they did. Bush is a superstar as long as he can remain healthy. However, historically Reggie Bush performs much better on grass than artificial turf.

  25. mungman69 says: Mar 23, 2013 9:01 AM

    What defense? We don’t need no frickin defense.

  26. domehead says: Mar 23, 2013 12:32 PM

    Leaving Miami for Detroit AND going back to being a decoy….Bummer.

  27. ghjjf says: Mar 23, 2013 7:36 PM

    The only reason Bush has a ring is because the sAints cheated by implementing a bounty program. That ring sould be on Adrian Peterson’s finger instead.

  28. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 25, 2013 7:37 PM

    Back to Decoy/3rd down back role…..shame really, he is capable of more.

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