By Ashley Dunkak
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he benched starting running back Reggie Bush because his running style did not suit the conditions. Bush said it happened because he fumbled. The exact reason, Bush said Wednesday to Stoney and Bill of 97.1 The Ticket, was not revealed to him during the game.
“I don’t know,” Bush said. “They don’t tell you that. I’ve been in this league long enough to know that when you turn the ball over, obviously that hurts the team, and whether I got benched or not, the only person that can control that is me, by not turning the ball over.”
Schwartz said Bush’s explosive style works better on dry ground, but Bush’s career-best rushing game and his career-best receiving game both came in snowy conditions.
“This is my first year here, so maybe they don’t know that,” Bush said with a laugh. “At the end of the day, I’ve got to do a better job, and I know that, and I will be better this week.”
Sunday the Lions face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team with a 2-8 record on a two-game winning streak that took the 10-win Seattle Seahawks to overtime in Seattle the game before the small win streak began.
“We’re in no position to overlook this team,” Bush said. “We need this win, and we’ll bounce back, and it’s going to be fun, but we can’t get caught looking ahead and worrying about, ‘Let’s win out,’ and hope we can get a first round bye and all these different things, scenarios that we can’t control right now.”
It would be easy for the Lions to look ahead with the classic Thanksgiving game against the NFC rival Green Bay Packers looming just a few short days after that Tampa Bay game. Bush would not look past the Bucs, but he is looking forward to the holiday feast.
“I have family coming in – my side of the family, my fiancée’s side of the family, so it’s going to be a big old Brady Bunch house,” Bush said.
For dinner, Bush looks forward to macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving dinner and peach cobbler for dessert. Between pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie, though, he has a long, happy relationship with the latter.
“Ah, sweet potato pie – dang!” Bush said. “Growing up, my grandmother used to always make them for me, especially when I was in college because she lived in L.A. She would always make like two or three of them at a time and give them to me, and then I’d just eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”