With the hiring of Jim Caldwell by the Detroit Lions this past offseason following the firing of Jim Schwartz, there have been questions surrounding how both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will be used in the backfield. Caldwell runs a much more traditional style of offense than Schwartz did, an offense that will be controlled by new coordinator Joe Lombardi.
Tuesday evening, Lombardi shed some light on that subject by pointing out that both Bell and Bush will get their fair share of chances to handle the ball during the season.
Joe Lombardi on using Reggie Bush and Joique Bell: “I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive.”
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 15, 2014
This is good news, especially for Bush, who has been plagued by nagging injuries in the past. Plus, this was almost a necessity seeing as the team recently rewarded Bell with a three-year, $9.3 million deal.
You can expect, more than likely, that Bush will be used in a lot of whatever playaction schemes that Lombardi has drawn up, while Bell will be the in-between-the-tackles grunt man.