Coach Marc Trestman hints at more playing time for RB Michael Bush
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 23, 2013 9:29PM
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:23AM
Veteran running back Michael Bush had a busy night Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers for
First, coach Marc Trestman said starter Matt Forte got ‘‘twisted for a minute’’ after going airborne and being spun around while diving into the end zone in the first quarter. Second, Trestman would like Bush to be more involved in the offense.
‘‘We’ve got to have Matt for the long haul, so we’re going to continually try to work Michael in,’’ Trestman said Monday.
Bush got 19 offensive snaps against the Steelers, one fewer than his total from the first two weeks. Forte, whom Trestman said is OK, totaled 111 yards — 43 percent of the Bears’ offense.
‘‘It’s just hard to take Matt off the field, as I’m sure everybody can understand,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘But we’ve got to be mindful of the touches and the time that he is on the field. And I don’t know if that will change . . . but we’ve got to try to find ways to get Michael out there to play because he’s a good running back.’’
Trestman did make one of Bush’s roles very clear.
‘‘We’ve declared Michael our goal-line running back,’’ he said. ‘‘We weren’t at the goal line [when Forte scored]; we were at the 5. But when we’re in our goal-line situations, that is Michael’s role.’’
Bush had three tries from the 1-yard line, including one that was challenged, in the first quarter. He scored on fourth down after Trestman’s failed challenge.
‘‘On the first one, I thought I was in,’’ Bush said. ‘‘And the second one, hey, if the ball touched the plane, right, you’re in? To me, I was in.’’
Picking up ‘Peanut’
Cornerback Charles Tillman was questionable Sunday because of a knee injury, but he started and played until a groin issue sidelined him. He played 44 snaps and backup Zack Bowman a season-high 22.
Trestman said Tillman’s injured knee held up fine, but the Bears will be cautious with him this week with the Detroit Lions and receiver Calvin Johnson up next.
‘‘He got a little tight at the end of the game [in his groin], so we just held him out,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘He’ll probably be out on Wednesday, and we’ll go through the same progression [as last week]. But he just tightened up. He was in early [Monday] morning. He worked out and got treatment, so we’re optimistic that he’ll be ready to go on Sunday.’’
Trestman acknowledged the Bears increased their number of blitzes against the Steelers, going from roughly 25 percent of their plays in Weeks 1 and 2 to around 33 percent. It resulted in two sacks by D.J. Williams and one by Lance Briggs.
‘‘It was just two or three more blitzes than we probably normally run in a game,’’ Trestman said.