Reggie Bush rushed for 139 yards on 18 carries last Sunday, including a 37-yard touchdown in the Lions' 40-32 win over the Bears. After the game, several Bears' players accused Lions' defensive end Israel Idonije, who played in Chicago from 2004-2012, of tipping off their line stunts.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz called the idea "ridiculous," though a few days later Idonije didn't exactly deny sharing information about his former team.
“I mean, I did anything anyone would do in a transition situation," Idonije said, via MLive.com's Kyle Meinke. "Nothing out of the ordinary or unique to any situation. I'm a Detroit Lion, period. My allegiance is to the Detroit Lions. I'm inside here. I have nothing to do with the other 31 teams. My focus is to help my team Sunday in, Sunday out, period.”
While Idonije may have shared information about his old team, he says he wasn't reading play calls during the game.
"At the end of the day, no one goes in looking to read someone's calls," Idonije said. "You're going in reading formations, keys, tendencies, down and distance, and then if you happen to hear a call or a color or something and it has some sort of repetition in the game, you mark it down.
"But you don't live off that. That'd be foolish. At the end of the day, it's about studying and execution, and that's what those guys did."
So there you have it. Mystery solved. Bush's big day had nothing to do with Idonije and everything to do with the Bears' defense.