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Jim Schwartz: Rain, not fumble, caused Reggie Bush’s benching

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Lions running back Reggie Bush saw his playing time reduced on Sunday after a fumble against the Steelers. But coach Jim Schwartz says he did not bench Bush for fumbling.

Despite Bush himself saying after the game that he thought his fumble was the reason he was benched, Schwartz said today that Bush’s benching “had nothing to do with” the fumble. Instead, Schwartz said it was all about playing the running back whose style is best suited for the wet, rainy conditions in Pittsburgh, and that’s Joique Bell. Schwartz said Bush does his best work when he can cut on a dime on a good surface, and that on a wet day he’d rather have a straight-ahead runner like Bell carry the load in the running game.

“Reggie in horse racing wouldn’t be called a mudder. He’s an explosively quick guy. He’s better on a fast track,” Schwartz said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Getting the ball to Bell seemed to be the right move for the Lions, as Bell had 49 yards on nine carries, while Bush had just 31 yards on 12 carries. Now the Lions are preparing for two games back inside at Ford Field, against the Buccaneers on Sunday and then against the Packers on Thanksgiving. If they lose either of those games, their status as NFC North frontrunners will take a big hit, and if they lose both of those games, their season will be on the verge of collapse. The Lions need Bush to show what he can do on that fast track.

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24 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: Rain, not fumble, caused Reggie Bush’s benching”
  1. blowpackblow says: Nov 18, 2013 3:34 PM

    Is Jim Schwartz undergoing concussion testing? No one would actually run a fake field goal in that situation that is thinking clearly.

  2. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:34 PM

    When the national coverage switched to this game, I saw Bush trying to make cuts, but sliding and falling on the slick turf. Both teams were impacted by the rain, but it definitely put the indoor team at a disadvantage.

  3. bearshaterseverywhere says: Nov 18, 2013 3:41 PM

    Swartz sucks and Reggie is worse. Dirtiest organization can’t even play a single game with out some type of drama or incident.

  4. otistaylor89 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:42 PM

    Schwartz doesn’t really get this “coaching” business, does he?

  5. 26predator says: Nov 18, 2013 3:49 PM

    “Schwartz doesn’t really get this “coaching” business, does he?”

    Why don’t you ask the Chicago Bears if he does?

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 18, 2013 3:51 PM

    Well my dad jinxed this one. He called out when Reggie threw his arms up after an errant Stafford pass and said hey cool it Reggie, maybe soon it will be you fumbling the ball, so just concentrate on your job and stop worrying about embarrassing your QB. He didn’t say a word after the fumble and never mentioned it again. There was just nothing to say at that point.

  7. hartlylion13 says: Nov 18, 2013 3:52 PM

    Fake field goal – can’t argue to much with the call, trying to put the game away. Hindsight is 20/20, could go back and look at each play that didn’t work and argue it was the wrong playcall.
    Stafford/Bush/Calvin, on offense all had bad days except for that 2nd quarter.
    Sloppy play by the DEFENSE is the story of this game. A good sound gameplan by the defense and this game is a no contest.
    They did, however, take the off the trottle after the big second half and it bit them. Worst offensive playcalling I have seen in awhile in the second half.
    Bell was the right call – he produced nicely until he hurt his foot.
    The Lions can turn this around really quick by being humble and taking this beating as motivation by putting it to the Bucs and Packers the next two weeks. After that, it depends on what Eagles, Ravens and Giants teams show up, we go 2-1 in that 3 game stretch and we will have the NFC North wrapped up before the Vikings. But……. as has been proven this weekend, the only game that the Lions (organization) should be worried about at all is the Bucs this Sunday.

  8. GenXJay says: Nov 18, 2013 3:59 PM

    Suh will be fined by the league for Bush’s benching.

  9. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    That actually makes sense. Nothing else Schwartz does makes sense, though.

  10. noeffinway says: Nov 18, 2013 4:05 PM

    blowpackblow says: Nov 18, 2013 3:34 PM

    Is Jim Schwartz undergoing concussion testing? No one would actually run a fake field goal in that situation that is thinking clearly.
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    AND that’s exactly why it would have been brilliant…….. had it worked. Obviously it was not brilliant.

  11. purpleguy says: Nov 18, 2013 4:21 PM

    The NFCN division title is just sitting there like a low-hanging piece of ripe fruit, but Gym Shorts is just too short mentally to let the team grab it.

  12. ninthwardfriend says: Nov 18, 2013 4:23 PM

    Make’s sense….

  13. tshirttom says: Nov 18, 2013 4:24 PM

    Schwartz is right about this one. Reggie is no mudder. He needs a dry field for those sharp cuts.
    No excuse for ignoring Megatron the second half.

  14. thejuddstir says: Nov 18, 2013 4:43 PM

    It was too muddy for Bush to run the ball but hey let’s ask a rookie kicker to run in the mud on a fake field goal attempt…….sure Jim sure, feed us some more of your b.s. logic.

  15. tfaulk says: Nov 18, 2013 4:45 PM

    “They did, however, take the off the trottle after the big second half and it bit them. Worst offensive playcalling I have seen in awhile in the second half.”

    How many second halves were there? Isn’t two too many? You sound as comprehensible as Schwartz and his “We’re not afraid” nonsense.

  16. tvjules says: Nov 18, 2013 4:47 PM

    Schwartz joins Schiano in the race to see who gets fired first.

  17. noeffinway says: Nov 18, 2013 4:51 PM

    tvjules says: Nov 18, 2013 4:47 PM

    Schwartz joins Schiano in the race to see who gets fired first.
    ————-
    Umm, no. Jimmy is nowhere near where Schiano is in regards to job security. You forget it is the Fords that make that decision. He has a few more years left.

  18. ocdn says: Nov 18, 2013 5:06 PM

    Is the fake field goal going to be the galvanizing moment we turn back to and say “this is where it all started to unravel?”

  19. fearthehoody says: Nov 18, 2013 5:37 PM

    Reggie BUST

  20. jobo50 says: Nov 18, 2013 5:51 PM

    I think he did it because he didn’t trust Akers on making the kick. The division is up for grabs and Schwartz will screw up another game or two down the stretch to lose the division and wild card

  21. hartlylion13 says: Nov 18, 2013 7:26 PM

    Took the foot off the throttle after the big 2nd QUARTER is what I meant to say. Thank you for the assist with the proof read bud.

  22. motownboundmofo says: Nov 18, 2013 10:57 PM

    Just can’t figure out why I’d give Swartz one bit if respect of course you chose bell all you know for running is up the middle can we please get rid of this bum before it’s too late again

  23. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 18, 2013 11:11 PM

    Bush is like a coke machine he pops them out all day long

  24. juanespinozaiii says: Nov 19, 2013 12:24 AM

    The Lions must learn how to be consistent and win the games their suppose to win. They are not ready for the playoffs with what I seen Sunday

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