Reggie Bush says ‘No Excuse’ for Detroit Lions offense
Newly acquired running back Reggie Bush, blogging at detroitlions.com wrote “Honestly, I believe there’s no excuse for us not to have the No. 1 ranked offense. We have all the right pieces and the necessary players here to be the top offense in the league. No excuse.” You’re close, Reggie.
Martin Mayhew is snapping up veteran offensive linemen like there is a fire sale going on. Recently the Lions picked up OG Leroy Harris and this morning (June 4) comes the announcement that they have signed nine year veteran Jake Scott. Both Scott and Harris are offensive guards, but Harris has experience at center as well. For management looking at ownership of a talented, but inexperienced offensive line, Scott and Harris could be the Lions’ version of comfort food.
Reggie Bush may very well be correct in his expectations that the Lions should finish the season with the No. 1 ranked offense in the league. But he missed the point on two issues: a No. 1 ranked offense does not guarantee a playoff bound team, and in order to gain that No. 1 ranking, the offensive line must play a significant role. Recent moves by the Lions indicate that they are heading in the right direction by adding veteran players, but the end result has yet to be seen.
If the coaching staff and involved players can get this line to gel quickly, then the league had better sound the alarm right away for this offense could be as deadly as any to come down the pike for quite some time. But if the line doesn’t meld and play to potential, Reggie Bush could wind up eating his words, and a little turf on the side.
Earl Richmond is a long-suffering Detroit Lions fan and division writer for TPF. He can be reached at ERichmond@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com