Michael Bush is starting to overshadow Matt Forte in Chicago
Michael Bush will cement his place in Chicago Bears’ first team this season – and that’s not just pundit-talk. Last season, Michael Bush was asked to step in for an injured Darren McFadden. At the end of the season, running back Michael Bush left his critics stunned by compiling almost 1,400 yards for the Oakland Raiders.
Now that Michael Bush is with the Chicago Bears, Matt Forte’s absence from the training camps is causing little concern. Meanwhile, Matt Forte is still trying to pry a lucrative long term contract from Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery. Bears’ star running back, Matt Forte believes his contract extension with Chicago Bears should hold greater meaning.
Recent comments from Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith suggest otherwise.
“It's not an issue for me and it can't be,” Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said of his coveted running back Matt Forte. “During the course of the year you have guys who aren't here for whatever reason. You coach the guys who can go, who can practice. We've been spending all our time with that.
“I know Matt Forte. I'm sure he's getting ready to go. But, in the meantime, the best thing we can do for the Chicago Bears is just keep this train going, which we've done.”
Michael Bush took advantage of Matt Forte’s absence from Chicago Bears’ minicamp to get accustomed with the first team on Tuesday. After the Michael Bush’s first training session with Chicago Bears it became clear that the 27-year-old running back could have a great future with his new club.
Michael Bush, who signed a four-year contract worth $14 million with $7 million guaranteed this March, could become the physical runner Chicago Bears lacked last season.
Michael Bush took snaps with the first team in Forte's absence. It is hoped the recently acquired free-agent running back can be the physical runner the Bears have lacked in recent years. For now, Michael Bush is trying to build chemistry with his new team.
“It's really helping him,” Jay Cutler said regarding Michael Bush’s training routine with the team. “He's such a pro. He does things the right way. He comes ready to work. He's a smart guy. He picks up the system quickly. Whenever we get Matt in here he's going to add a different dimension to this offense but right now Mike's doing a great job for us.”
Chicago Bears are primarily concentrating on their passing game during their minicamps. That’s mainly because it’s impossible to practice running plays without contact. Nonetheless, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice believes his running backs are in great shape.
“We love Michael,” Mike Tice said. “He's a really good back. You need to have two good backs, and we have two good backs. Of course, we love Matt, and we're excited about having Mike, and we like [Armando Allen], too. We're excited about our blend back there. We think they all complement each other, and they're all going to be able to find their niche and make big plays for us.”