Lions running back Reggie Bush claims he’s a mudder and now he’s promising he won’t be a fumbler.
Bush lost a fumble against the Steelers last Sunday, although coach Jim Schwartz said that wasn’t the reason why he wound up on the bench for much of the second half of the 37-27 loss. That may be, but the Lions would surely prefer that Bush not turn the ball over and Bush promised Wednesday that he wouldn’t let it happen again while explaining why he’s fumbled three times already this season.
“Just not thinking enough. Not protecting the ball. Not being aware enough of my surroundings, protecting the ball,” Bush said, via ESPN.com. “Actually, the last game, when I fumbled, I was protecting it as I was going down, I just didn’t squeeze it tight enough. That just comes with me mentally, constantly reminding myself, all week throughout practice, of making sure I’m high and tight — whether I’m going through the hole or whether it’s after practice [and] I’m doing a couple extra drills. Just little things like that. Those are the things that will help me to make sure that doesn’t happen again. And it won’t happen again.”
Bush followed up by saying yes when asked if he was making a guarantee that’s probably not going to resonate as much as Broadway Joe’s. Bush and the Lions would probably settle for it being just as successful, though, since Bush is otherwise on track for a very productive first season in Detroit.