The Detroit offense still has plenty of room for improvement, and Lombardi said Ebron figures prominently into the equation.
The Lions need more from talented quarterback Matthew Stafford, and the offensive coordinator plans to help him as much as he can.
Ankle injuries have plagued Bush this season, causing him to miss five of the last seven games, including three straight.
Tate did not come right out Thursday and say he should have gotten the ball more, but he would have liked more chances to help.
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi will put 15 to 20 percent fewer plays on the call sheet for Sunday’s game.
Head coach Jim Caldwell noted Monday that there is not one particular area on offense the Lions need to shore up.
If the Lions only have Kellen Davis and Jordan Thompson active and one of them suffers an injury, Lombardi might have to get creative.
“I wouldn’t allow that,” Lombardi said with a smile.
If Joe Lombardi knows whether wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be available Sunday, he did not tip his hand Thursday.
With the start of the NFL regular season, it’s anything but business as usual for Matthew Stafford as he takes his place in the midst of the huddle tonight as starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a sixth year.