Michael Bush Still a Mystery For Chicago Bears

By Devin O'Barr
Michael Bush gets tackled
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This time last year the Chicago Bears were ecstatic about bringing in former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush. Now, the question still remains what Bush is going to bring to the table in 2013. Thanks to a banged-up Matt Forte and a battered offensive line, Bears fans weren’t able to see this offense at it’s peak. In addition, Bush was placed on injured reserve after bruising his ribs in Week 13.

In 13 games of action Bush was a shell of himself as he rushed for a mere 411 yards which is the lowest mark in his career. Bush was a backup while with the Raiders, but saw a bunch of carries as Darren McFadden was a regular on the disabled list. It has to be disappointing for Chicago faithful to take a look at Bush’s past seasons and the one that he poured in during his lone year with the Bears.

For example, Bush was brought in because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. In four seasons with the Raiders, Bush never caught fewer than 17 passes yet caught a career-high 37 in his last year with Oakland. Unfortunately, Jay Cutler hit Bush just nine times this season for a meager 83 yards as he was ineffective in the passing game.

Bush is not untouchable and if it wasn’t for his five rushing touchdowns his name might be on the NFL free agent market. However, the Bears are under a new offensive regime so maybe Bush can return to the player he was in 2011 under new head coach Marc Trestman.

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