Bears RB Michael Bush just keeps getting batter and batter
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org August 18, 2012 10:16PM
Chicago Bears Vs Washington Redskins Pre-Season Football. 1St-Half Action. Chicago Bears No.29 Michael Bush celebrates his second Touchdown. August 18, 2012. I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: September 20, 2012 10:33AM
It’s not exactly what Michael Bush had in mind when he searched the job market this offseason.
Then again, how many professions list “… must be willing to be a battering ram’’ in the job description?
“No one likes to be a battering ram, but it just happened that way,’’ Bush said of the role he settled on in signing with the Bears. “That’s the role I’ve been stuck with because of my size. But if that’s what I got to do, then that’s what I got to do.’’
Especially when he does it so well.
But if the Bears’ newest running back is trying to avoid being typecast, he had a weird way of showing it in the preseason game Saturday against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field.
After Jay Cutler performed surgery with his arm on the Bears’ first drive, Bush ended it by plowing in on the right side from a yard out for the early 7-0 lead.
Two possessions later, Bush took a handoff on the Redskins’ 8-yard line and taught linebacker Perry Riley the meaning of a deke.
Riley filled the hole and was loading up for impact when Bush planted his foot like he was going one way, changed direction on a dime and left Riley grabbing at air. Eight yards later, Bush had his second touchdown of the first quarter.
If his running wasn’t enough, on a third-and-one in the second quarter, Bush caught a swing pass from Cutler that only a quarterback could love.
And this is Plan B in the running game?
“Just be a running back,’’ Bush said of what his ideal job would be. “Whatever it takes. Hit the corner, go inside, catch balls, make the hard yards, be a complete back.’’
The reality is he will remain the complement to starter Matt Forte as well as the finisher inside the 10-yard line.
Last season, Bush had 22 carries inside the opposing 10-yard line and scored seven touchdowns. Forte had 12 carries inside the 10 and scored once.
Bush might not love his role, but as he continued to show, he’s too valuable at it to make a change.
“It felt good, but it’s the preseason,’’ Bush said. “I’d like it a lot more if it was the regular season.’’