On Monday, Detroit Lions‘ running back Reggie Bush was criticized by Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz, who said “in horse racing, [Reggie Bush] wouldn’t be called a mudder.”
On Tuesday, Bush fired back.
“I pride myself on being able to run in all conditions, you know what I mean, and I think the opposite,” Bush told Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. “I think running in those types of conditions is, for me, I think is better because now the defenders have to be constantly on their heels and toes, and we can get guys off-balanced in mud and when it’s rainy and slippery. It’s kind of an advantage to the running back.
“So I think that just, [I] didn’t do a good job of running balanced, so to speak, and keeping my feet underneath me. I just didn’t handle the situation well.”
Schwartz also said that Bush was “better on a fast track,” which is probably true, but that doesn’t mean Bush can’t play in other conditions. As Rothstein points out, Bush had “203 yards in the snow for the Miami Dolphins against Buffalo on Dec. 18, 2011, and he has had six 100-yard rushing games on grass fields.”
On the season, Bush has 645 yards and two touchdowns on 145 attempts and 366 yards and two touchdowns on 36 receptions.