Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Bush Campaigned Detroit Lions to Keep Running Backs Coach


In putting together his Detroit Lions coaching staff, new head coach Jim Caldwell brought in some new faces while keeping some of the existing coaches.

Some, like offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn, were widely discussed and the announcement that he would be retained set off a sigh of relief from fans and players alike. Members of the Lions offensive line publicly stated they wanted Washburn to return, but they weren’t the only players putting in a good word for their position coach.

Today, Reggie Bush admitted to campaigning for running backs coach Curtis Modkins to keep his job with the Lions.

“Single handedly” sounds a little strong – after all, it takes a combined effort of scheme and execution between various position groups to take as big of a step forward as the Lions did with their running game in 2013.

In the end, whomever deserves all or most or even some of the credit is a moot point. The offensive line and running backs were clearly happy with their position coaches and outside of some fumbles by Bush, the results were positive.

Despite a new coaching staff including a new offensive coordinator, the Lions are moving forward with a great deal of consistency as it relates to their ground attack. While there are areas of the offense that need fixing, the running game is an area of strength the Lions can use as a foundation.

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