Schwartz On Bush’s Role In Detroit, Suh Diving

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Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz joined Jim Rome on his radio program to discuss the teams signing of Reggie Bush. Schwartz said they’re not looking for Bush to be the same between-the-tackles runner he was the past two seasons in Miami.

“Our plan for him is a little bit different than that, maybe going back to a little more the way he was used with the New Orleans Saints,” Schwartz. “We think he can have a greater impact on the game when we give him the ball on his terms, on our terms, rather than running the ball into hard 8 boxes.”

Schwartz believes the combination of Bush and the continued maturity his team started to show last season will lead to better results in 2013. As an example, Schwartz felt Ndamukong Suh’s conduct on the field was much better last season.

“As a team, we drastically reduced our amount of penalties, we drastically reduced our personal fouls,” Schwartz said. “We still have it on our resume and Ndamukong’s (Suh) resume so it’s something we will have to continue to work on and continue to have to learn from what happened in the past, but I thought last year was a good beginning to putting some of those things behind (us).”

As for Suh participating in the ABC reality show “Splash”, where celebrities dive off a 10-meter platform, the Lions head coach wouldn’t be shocked if he put on a good performance.

“He’s a great athlete,” said Schwartz. “He played soccer, he’s done a lot of track and field stuff with shot put and discus. He was a good basketball player in high school. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him be a good diver.”

Schwartz did have some advice for the show because one thing is for sure when the 6’ 4” 307 pound Suh jumps in the pool

“They better have a fire truck there to fill the pool back up, because he’s going to displace some water,” said Schwartz.

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