BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- With Matt Forte under contract for the next four years and firmly entrenched as the Bears' starting running back, the questions now becomes how the team plans to use veteran rusher Michael Bush as a compliment to Forte in the backfield.
At 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, Bush scored 15 rushing touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders the last two seasons. Those numbers seem to indicate Bush would be a logical choice to carry the football in short yardage/goal line situations, especially since the Bears, for whatever reason, have a tendency to limit Forte's touches in the redzone.
Sounds like a great idea, right?
Well, not according to Bush, who views himself as a more well-rounded player than simply a redzone threat.
"That's the role I've been stuck with because of my size, but you know if that's what I got to do it's what I got to do," Bush said. "No one likes to battering ram, but you know, it just happens that way.'
"I just want to be a running back, whatever it takes: hit the corner, go inside, catch balls, make the hard yards...just to be a complete back."
Bush also takes issue with those who think he can't be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield. While Forte is one of the most accomplished all-purpose backs in franchise history, Bush is no slouch in the receiving category, having caught 37 passes for 418 yards as a member of the Raiders last season; he has 91 receptions over his four-year NFL career. Bush has on two separate occasions hauled in seven passes in a single game.
"I've been doing that since college so I mean if people don't think I can catch I don't know what film they've been watching," Bush said.