Last season, the injury to Matt Forte was a factor in this Chicago Bears team completely falling apart. While his injury isn’t as serious this year, the Bears have an insurance policy this time around.
Forte was injured in the Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers, being forced to leave the game with an ankle injury. It was later diagnosed as a high ankle sprain, and it could be a couple of weeks before we see Matt Forte. Which leaves the rock in the hands of newcomer Michael Bush.
Bush very well could have gone to a team where he had an opportunity to start. He showed in 2011 that he’s capable of carrying a full load for a team, when he basically did it with the Oakland Raiders. He shouldn’t have a problem sliding in in place of the injured Forte.
The role for Bush through two games has been one of a power running back. There’s no doubt that he’s stronger than Forte and is the better option in short yardage situations. But he’s plenty capable of being more than that, as he’s reminded us on more than one occasion.
Bush runs hard. He’s like a cannonball coming up the middle. But he also has pretty decent speed, which seems to have gotten lost in his role early on. He’s also a capable receiver, having caught 37 balls last season.
That’s not to say this offense will be as explosive with Forte out, but they shouldn’t see too much of a drop off in their play. Michael Bush knows what it takes to be a featured back, and with Kahlil Bell back in the fold, this team is in much better shape than they were without Forte last season.