Bush OK with sharing goal-line carries

August, 20, 2012
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush flashed wiggle and fleet feet Saturday in shaking Washington Redskins linebacker Perry Riley on an 8-yard touchdown run.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireMichael Bush showed quick feet against the Redskins on Saturday.
While Bush continues to prove he can move, the running back insisted he doesn’t want to take away goal-line carries from starter Matt Forte.

“Personally, I feel that if he gets it down there, he should be able to punch it in, just to reward him,” Bush said. “But I’ve always been like that. If a coach calls me (in for short yardage), and that’s what I need to do, I’m not going to say no.”

Bush rushed for 21 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Redskins, which served as atonement for a rough outing in the Bears' preseason-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. Bush finished with 2 yards on three attempts in that contest, in addition to losing a fumble deep in Chicago’s own territory, which led to Broncos points.

“They say I’ve got long strides. Some people say I’m slow because I’m big,” Bush said. “Some people say I can’t move. But I don’t know what you guys are watching. I’ve been doing it for awhile, and that’s not me.”

Bush made that apparent against the Redskins, and said strong performances by Forte stoke his competitive fire to respond once he gets a chance to carry the ball.

“We’re competing,” Bush said. “Just do good, and do the job right. It’s not about who’s starting and who’s got that.”

Having spent the first four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, Bush admitted to being surprised with how his new team conducts itself in pre-game warmups. Bush called the atmosphere at Soldier Field, “a whole lot different.”

But he expects to adjust quickly to the new surroundings.

“As far as fans, it’s a little quieter here,” Bush said. “I’m used to the Black Hole just going crazy. Even the players here carry themselves differently. I’m used to the fired-up, going-crazy pregame warmup, and I’m walking around and I was like, ‘Man, these guys are quiet.’ I just asked guys, ‘Why is everybody so quiet?’ And they say ‘That’s just the way we are.’ Eventually, I’ll be the same way.”

Truth is it won’t matter how Bush conducts himself, as long as he continues to contribute.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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