The carefully crafted offseason of the NFL is designed to keep us die hard football fans constantly wanting the latest news no matter how trivial. That’s why the NFL is the king of modern day sports, it basically has something going on almost every month of the long off season to satisfy our insatiable appetite for anything NFL related, no matter how small the morsel.
Now that February’s trump card, the Combine, is in the books, the attention of the NFL fanatics becomes two-fold. On one hand you have the kick off of official draft season in which draftniks rejoice by ignoring real life and constantly are updating their mock drafts at the dinner table. The wife and kids just don’t understand how a prospects pro day can change your mock draft. Before the draft prospects can get their hands on some of that NFL loot, the veterans get first crack at the NFL vault when the free agents are let loose on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
It seems like everybody and their brother has Reggie Bush signing with the Detroit Lions when the free agency period starts tomorrow. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope that happens because Bush is exactly what the doctor ordered is fixing this offense of the Lions. Did you know that the Lions were 5-0 when Jahvid Best was injured in 2011? Ever since then this offense just hasn’t looked right. This problem runs deeper than the offensive line’s blocking woes. This is about instilling fear in the defense. Once Best went down the opponents just concentrated on stopping Megatron.
It seems that the Detroit Lions’ effectiveness on offense is predicated on having a speedster coming out of the backfield from all directions. Reggie Bush has proven his durability in his last two years in Miami where he rushed for over a thousand yards one year and nearly a thousand the other. He still has that speed he brought with him from college at USC and a great set of hands to go with his gyrating hips.
The Lions have been accused of going for flash and dash over substance in past in building their football team. While that may look like the case here on the surface, it doesn’t apply in this instance. Bush is a proven commodity at a position that has been sorely missing from the Lions offense for nearly two years. The problems with this offense are deeper than the offensive lines inability to run block. It needs someone in the backfield to instill fear in the defense. Someone who can take it to the house.
In addition to saving the Lions a mid round pick that they would have to spend to get that speedy back in the draft, Bush’s signing with the Lions would bring the most exciting runner since Barry Sanders to play in the same uniform that Barry Sanders wore. Let the comparisons begin.