Last week, Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush didn’t play due to a rib injury. As a result, the Bears have placed Bush on the injured/reserved list. Following this move, Chicago re-signed running back Kahlil Bell. The four-year veteran back was released by the New York Jets this month and is making his third appearance in the Windy City.
Though adding Bell to the roster helps the Bears’ depth in the backfield, they still need some to address their short-yardage offense. Their offensive line has constantly been shuffled around all season and has had difficulty getting off the ball in goal line situations.
This was clearly apparent in last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Without Bush, Chicago’s primary goal-line back, Matt Forte and the offensive line couldn’t punch the ball in after two chances.
Along with the struggling passing game and the absence of reliable kicker Robbie Gould, the Bears can ill afford to miss opportunities for touchdowns deep in the red zone.
I know defensive tackle Henry Melton was sidelined last week with a chest injury, but if he is somehow available to play, the Bears should consider using him in the offensive backfield just as Mike Ditka used William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Melton was a running back as a freshman at the University of Texas and scored 10 touchdowns. His size and ball skills are something that will vastly help Chicago’s goal-line offense.
This is something that the Bears should have thought of a long time ago. Chicago really has nothing to lose here. Why not give it a try?
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