Reggie Bush said the Lions’ new scheme is “exactly the same” as the one he ran in New Orleans years ago.
“The new system, like I said, I played in the system five years in New Orleans so all the terminology’s pretty much the same to me,” Bush said. “We definitely have what it takes to be an explosive offense, just as we were last year. Just got to clean up doing the little things right and we’ll be OK.”
First-year Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, an offensive assistant with the Saints for seven seasons, said after he was hired that his playbook is a combination of ideas he brought from New Orleans, leftovers from the Lions’ last offense, and things Caldwell and others have added from previous stops.
One tenet of the system, and something the Lions have stressed repeatedly in their off-season practices, is playing at a fast pace in order to control the tempo of the game.
The Lions have had a good offense for years under former OC Scott Linehan, so it's not like the arrival of Lombardi is a big upgrade. But there are more weapons (Golden Tate, Eric Ebron) around Matthew Stafford, who looks primed for a good fantasy season.