The Detroit Lions figured they would solve their running attack problems when they signed Reggie Bush during the offseason.
They were right.
The Lions also figured that if they solved their running back problems, they would have a winning team.
They were wrong.
Bush ended the NFL season for the Lions at 1,006 yards, the first time a Lions ball carrier has passed the 1,000 mark on the ground in nine seasons. He did that despite missing two games. His receiving stats were impressive with 54 catches for 506 yards. He had seven total touchdowns, but he also had a career high of four fumbles.
Other than not being able to play for two games, Bush probably did as much for the Lions as any running back possibly could. He gave them an extra weapon that came in valuable at times. He definitely made the Lions offense more dangerous than it was a year ago.
But the fact the Lions still finished 7-9 and didn’t make the playoffs only shows they’ve got more problems than their running game. They need to address Matthew Stafford’s inconsistency at quarterback and their frequent failure to convert their golden opportunities into points. The thought was that having a dangerous running back would take more pressure away from Stafford and enable him to be a more effective quarterback.
That didn’t turn out to be the case and someone needs to figure out a solution.
It all depends on who will be coaching the Lions next season. But with Bush in the fold, they can at least rest assured that their running game is in good shape.