RB Michael Bush - Free Agent
|6-2, 250||Born: 6-16-1984||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2007|
2013 Week 1 vs CIN (6 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush wasn't used as a short-yardage back and he didn't really see any action until the 4th quarter. On the second play from scrimmage in the 4th quarter, Bush snuck through the line and Cutler looked to dump a quick pass to him. Instead of continuing up the field though, Bush broke right over the middle and the ball flew well out of his reach and was easily intercepted. It was Cutler's only interception of the day. After the Bears had taken the lead and got the ball back with under five minutes to go, the turned to Bush to run the ball on six consecutive plays. None of the runs were particularly impressive and Bush was actually stopped short on 3rd and 6 with just over a minute to play. But an unnecessary roughness penalty on the Bengals gave Chicago a 1st down and they ran out the clock with Jay Cutler kneeling down.
2013 Week 2 vs MIN (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush had just two short carries in this game, and he was quickly stuffed on both. He only came in to give Matt Forte a breather and was not used in goal line situations, even when the Bears had 1st and goal from the 2 yard line in the second quarter.
2013 Week 3 vs PIT (8 / 9 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush returned to his role as the short-yardage back for the Bears in this game, and they turned to him several times in goal line situations and in the 4th quarter when they were just looking to run out the clock. In the first quarter, after a pass-interference call on Brandon Marshall gave Chicago 1st and goal at the one, the Bears turned to Bush to punch it into the end zone. He was stuffed twice and with an incomplete pass to Martellus Bennett in the back of the end zone, the Bears faced 4th and goal from the 1. Undaunted, the Bears used Bush for the third time in four plays and although he was stopped short of the end zone, his second effort pushed him through the pile and into the end zone. In the 4th quarter with Chicago trying to close out the game, they handed the ball to Bush to pound it up the middle. He was stuffed on three consecutive plays and the Bears were forced to punt. Bush finished the game with just nine yards on eight carries.
2013 Week 4 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Less than a week after being declared Chicago's goal-line running back by head coach Marc Trestman, Michael Bush did not even get onto the field against Detroit. To be fair though, there really were no short yardage opportunities where Bush could have been used.
2013 Week 5 vs NO (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush was used only on a few plays to give Matt Forte a break after some hard running. Near the end of the second, after a hard run by Forte where he fought through three different defenders to get an additional five yards, Bush came in on the next play. Bush took the handoff straight up the middle for a big five yard gain. In the 4th quarter, when the Bears were looking to get back in the game, the Saints were giving up big chunks on the ground. On one running play, Jay Cutler faked the handoff to push, pulled the ball back and bootlegged around the right end for a big 12 yard gain. On the next play, Bush ran a toss sweep to the right side, found an opening and powered ahead for another seven yards. Forte came back in after that play and Bush didn't have another carry in the game.
2013 Week 6 vs NYG (6 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush saw more playing time in this game than he has had over the last few weeks, but it was primarily in short yardage situations. His first carry came at the end of the first half when the Bears were driving down for their final possession. He took a 3rd and 1 carry straight up the middle for 2 yards and a first down. He also came in on a couple passing downs late in the third quarter, but he dropped his only target on a 3rd and 10 check down. In the 4th quarter, he lined up in a shotgun formation on Cutler's right, and Brandon Marshall motioned from the right sideline into the backfield on Cutler's left. When the ball was snapped, Bush broke into the spot that Marshall had just left and Cutler dumped the ball to him. Bush made the catch and broke up field, rumbling six yards for a short catch and run. Bush came in for the final series of the game and just hammered the ball into the line, keeping the clock running and grinding out the clock.
2013 Week 9 vs GB (7 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush came in to give Matt Forte a breather and the Bears even used him when they were on the goal line. However, Bush was stuffed on almost every attempt that he had, including the goal-line plunge from the 1. He had several carries in the 4th quarter, the longest of which was a nine yard dive up the middle when the Bears ran a trap and he broke through the defensive line for a nice gain. Bush also had a 15 yard catch and run at the end of the second quarter that helped set up the Bears for a field goal at the end of the quarter to take a seven point lead into halftime.
2013 Week 10 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush came in for a couple plays to give Matt Forte a rest. However, his only carry came in the second quarter. On 4th and 1, the Bears decided to go for it and lined up in a power-I formation. Bush took the handoff straight up the middle, but the Lions penetrated and he was stuffed for a loss, ending the drive.
2013 Week 11 vs BAL (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush came in for the first two Chicago offensive series in the 4th quarter. All three runs were off tackle, and his longest was just a five yard plunge. He lost two yards on his final carry and the Bears didn't have another offensive series until the overtime period.
2013 Week 12 vs STL (7 / -5 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush had a terrible game for the Bears, yet he still managed to get into the end zone. Bush was only really used in short yardage situations or when Matt Forte needed a break. Bush was completely ineffective at running the ball and he had more negative carries than positive ones. His first carry came in the second quarter - a sweep to the right side where the defense penetrated and he was dropped for a three yard loss. He nearly scored later in the quarter on first and goal from the 11, where Josh McCown checked the ball down to him and he powered up the middle for a 10 yard gain, but he was stopped at the one. It was his biggest play of the day. He could have scored on a pass on the opening drive of the third quarter - where on 1st and goal from the 4, Josh McCown floated him a pass in the right flat. Bush was wide open and it would have been an easy touchdown but the ball was a little short and Bush couldn't come up with it. Three plays later on 4th and goal from the 1, Bush took the handoff and was stuffed for a four yard loss, killing the drive. On the opening drive of the 4th quarter, Matt Forte was hurt and Bush filled in while Forte recovered on the sideline. After a pass interference call in the end zone gave the Bears 1st and goal from the 1, Bush had two carries and was stuffed both times. On the second, he refused to commit to powering in and the defense strung him along before bringing him down. Multiple penalties extended Chicago's chances, and Bush needed two more dives from the one yard line before he was finally able to power into the end zone for a touchdown. It was his last carry of the day.
2013 Week 13 vs MIN (1 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush did not receive his typical short yardage carries in this game. On second and third downs, with under two yards to go, Matt Forte was the guy that Chicago called on every time. Bush came in for a few plays to give Forte a rest, but Bush's only carry came in the second quarter. It was a toss sweep to the right where the blocking was solid out in front of him and Bush was able to get to the edge and power up field for a big 15 yard gain.
2013 Week 14 vs DAL (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 1 rec)
Michael Bush came in for few plays in the game, mostly to give Matt Forte a breather from a long run or a hard tackle. Bush only had one carry in the first half, but by the third quarter, the Cowboys were already in trouble and Bush just continued to pound the ball. With five minutes to go in the third, Bush came in for a couple plays and the Bears ran a straight power I formation with Tony Fiametta as the lead blocker. Bush ripped off two carries for 14 total yards before Forte was able to come back in the game. As the 4th quarter opened, the Bears were in a commanding position and driving again deep in Dallas territory. The Cowboys tried to blitz again, and Josh McCown swung the ball out to Bush in the right flat. With blockers in front of him, Bush rumbled 17 yards for a nearly uncontested touchdown to put Chicago up 42-14. Bush padded his stats with three more carries for 17 yards later in the quarter as the Bears were just running out the clock.
2013 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 44 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush only had three carries in this game, but the last one was a back breaker for the Browns. With three minutes to play and the Bears leading 31-24, after Matt Forte had just gashed the Browns for 24 yards, Bush took the handoff and ran off tackle to the right. The Browns were blocked out of position and Bush easily ran through the arm tackles into the open field. He cut to the outside and turned on the after-burners, rumbling 40 yards for the touchdown and scoring the knockout blow for the Bears. Bush's only other run of not was a 15 yard pitch out near the end of the third quarter. It was a play that they had run with Matt Forte several times where the Bears brought Alshon Jeffery in motion as the ball was snapped, faked the handoff to him and pitched to the RB going back the way that Jeffery came from. Bush broke it outside and rumbled up field for a big 15 yard gain, but it was called back for a questionable illegal shift call on Jeffery.
2013 Week 16 vs PHI (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
All of Bush's carries came during garbage time when the Bears were down by 36 or more. He mostly ran straight up the gut to keep the clock rolling and put the Bears out of their misery.
2013 Week 17 vs GB (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush has a couple carries near the end of the second quarter, on the final series of the 1st half. He had two back to back carries for 11 yards, but that was about it. He saw a little time in the 4th quarter but didn't have a touch.
2012 Week 1 vs IND (12 / 42 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush is clearly the short yardage back for the Bears. He came in on 3rd and short, and goal-line situations, leading to his two one-yard TD runs. In the 4th quarter, with the game well out of reach, the Bears turned to Bush to grind it out on the ground. He had the bulk of his 42 yards at that point, and had a nice 22 yard run called back for a holding penalty on Kellen Davis. Look for Bush to be a goal line vulture this season.
2012 Week 2 vs GB (14 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush took over the running duties when Forte was lost to the ankle injury, but he had been a bit more effective than Forte had to that point anyway. On the opening drive of the second quarter, Bush carried the ball on five of the first six snaps, for 15 yards. However, the Bears drew an unnecessary roughness penalty and then took a sack, eliminating any momentum that Bush had generated on the drive. With Forte out of the game in the third quarter, Bush took over the primary rushing duties, but did not catch any passes out of the backfield. He is a north and south runner, who does his best work between the tackles. He carried the ball three times to finish the drive that Forte started, and had 4 carries for 20 yards to start the next one. After Cutler's second interception though, Bush barely touched the ball. On the final drive of the game, after Cutler was sacked twice, facing a 3rd and 24, Bush took a handoff up the middle for a nice 11 yard run. However, the defense was called for having 12 men on the field, and the play was called back. Cutler was picked off for the final time just two plays later.
2012 Week 3 vs STL (18 / 55 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Like last season in Oakland, Michael Bush stepped into the primary RB role this week with Matt Forte out due to an ankle injury. Bush opened the game with a 12 yard run up the gut and never looked back. The St. Louis defense clamped down as best they could, but Bush was still able to run effectively and help the Bears control the clock. He has a nice 18 yard catch and run late in the 1st quarter, and followed it up with a 13 yard rumble off tackle two plays later. Later in the drive, he got the call on 4th and 1, and pushed the pile ahead for a big first down. Bush had four total plays of 12 yards or more from scrimmage, and scored the only offensive TD of the game for Chicago in the second quarter. After the interception return for a TD in the 4th quarter, Bush was pulled to give Kahlil Bell a chance to get some action. Bell was not nearly as effective as Bush was though, and if Forte can't go next week against Dallas, you can expect Bush to shoulder the bulk of the carries again.
2012 Week 4 vs DAL (10 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush saw action on the opening drive, when Matt Forte briefly left the game to have his ankle re-taped after his first carry. Bush saw four touches on that series, finishing with three carries for 11 yards and a nice eight yard catch and run on a swing pass out into the flat on second and seven. Bush had two short-yardage carries in the second, one that he converted to a 1st down on 3rd and 1 and the other where he was stuffed for no gain and the Bears had to settle for a field goal. In the 4th quarter, with the Bears leading by 17 points, Bush replaced Matt Forte as the primary back, He had one red zone carry for five yards from the eight yardline, and with nine minutes to play, Bush had four carries for 11 yards to set up the TD pass to Brandon Marshall. Bush continues to be the primary backup to Forte and the short yardage back in goal-line situations.
2012 Week 5 vs JAX (4 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush only had a touches in this game, but he gashed the Jaguars every time he touched the ball. His first action came half way through the first quarter after Forte had already gained 25 yards on three carries. Bush carried up the gut and was hit, but shed the tackle and powered ahead for a gain of 9. He gave Forte another breather in the second with a short 2 yard gain up the gut. On the opening drive of the 2nd, Cutler swung a pass to Bush in the flat but it was too far out in front and fell incomplete. He faked to Bush on the next play and hit Marshall on the next play. At the end of the third quarter, Bush had his best drive. He opened with a short dump off that he was able to turn into an 11 yard gain with a good second effort and then followed it up with a four yard gain up the gut. Later in the drive on 3rd and 15, Cutler dumped it to Bush in the flat. Bush hurdled a potential tackler and ran forward for another four yards to convert the 1st down. He took the next play off tackle, then cut back to the other side for a big 11 yard gain to end the third and give the Bears 1st and goal. Jeffery scored on the next play to start the 4th quarter. Armando Allen took over Forte at the end of the game, but Bush finished with a solid performance on limited touches.
2012 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush filled in for Matt Forte for only a few touches in this game, but his change of pace, power style of running was a nice complement to Forte's shifty speed. On the third series of the game, Bush opened with a carry straight up the gut for a gain of 3, but it was called back for a holding penalty on Gabe Carimi. The Bears drove down quickly on a Cutler scramble and a 15 yard personal foul, but on 3rd and 7, the screen to Bush was defended perfectly and he was dropped for a loss of 3. The Bears settled for a field goal. Bush didn't touch the ball again until the second half. On Chicago's second drive. Bush opened with a run up the middle, and thanks to some great blocking, went un-touched for a big 12 yard gain before being brought down by the safety. He had another carry for three yards off tackle on the next play. At the goal line, the Bears ran a two back set, but split Matt Forte out to the left as a wide receiver and lined Bush up in the backfield. It was all a decoy though as Cutler went to Brandon Marshall on a quick slant that was knocked down. In the 4th quarter, Bush took over, again running up the gut for seven and then 11 yard gains. On his third carry, the blocking broke down and the Lions met him as he got the hand off, and dropped him for a loss of 2. He had one more five yard carry on the next series, where he turned his back to the defense after contact and continued to drive down the field for a five yard gain. He wasn't used in the red zone, but you can see how he could be very effective in that role down the stretch.
2012 Week 8 vs CAR (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush was a complete non-factor in this offense on Sunday. Only on the field for 5% of the snaps, he wasn't even used in his normal short yardage role. He didn't seem hurt or anything, so this was a philosophy shift, one which saw him on the bench and Matt Forte getting the carries.
2012 Week 9 vs TEN (10 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Bush just didn't get anything going. He had 10 carries, but looked slow and was unable to make anything happen with any of his carries. Bush's primary job is to spell Forte, but when the games get tough, it's tough to imagine him getting PT, as the Bears are so much more dangerous when Forte is in the game.
2012 Week 10 vs HOU (3 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush had just three carries in this game, but he was effective in running the football as long as he held on to the ball. Bush's first carry came on 4th and 1 in the 1st quarter - after Devin Hester failed to get 1 yard on a quick out. Bush took the handoff from Cutler over the right guard and broke into the open field for a big 11 yard gain. However, as he was being tackled, the ball was stripped out and the Texans recovered it. Bush didn't carry the ball again until the 4th quarter, where he took a handoff over the right tackle on second and 1 for a big 20 yard gain. Bush showed good athleticism by jumping over one tackler and driving his feet for an extra five yards after he landed. He carried the ball again up the gut for another three yards on the next play, but did not touch the ball again the rest of the game.
2012 Week 11 vs SF (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
With the exception of one run that was well blocked, Bush looked incredibly slow to the hole and was swallowed up at the line of scrimmage on most of his touches. He was largely unable to gain a head of steam or generate power as his blockers were unable to keep tacklers at bay. His biggest contribution came on a very well-executed screen pass, where the 49er defenders were so focused on trying to sack Campbell that Bush was able to slip out of the back field, make the catch and follow his blockers to get up field. It was a great run and the perfect play call for the situation.
2012 Week 12 vs MIN (21 / 60 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush was splitting time with Matt Forte pretty well in this game, as the Bears committed to the run early and often. Bush continued to be used as the short-yardage battering ram, with seven of his 11 first half carries coming with two or less yards to go for the first down or touchdown. When Forte left the game, Bush took over the primary ball carrying duties and actually performed a little better, averaging 3.7 yards per carry in the second half compared with just 2.1 in the first. While the Minnesota defense held him in check, and never gave up a big run. Bush's ability to grind the clock helped the Bears finish with 15 minutes more in time of possession than the Vikings, a key factor in controlling the game and preventing any type of comeback. While Bush has demonstrated solid hands in the past, his only reception was actually stopped for a loss after a false start by J'Marcus Webb put the Bears in second and long.
2012 Week 13 vs SEA (7 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush returned to his role of short-yardage / change of pace back in this game, and Matt Forte enjoyed the bulk of the carries. Yet despite posting better YPC than Matt Forte, the only thing that people will remember from this game was Bush being stuffed on 4th and 1 early in the second quarter. He had a nice 12 yard run on the subsequent drive where he made the defenders miss and powered ahead for a big gain. But then he wasn't used again until late in the 4th quarter, on the drive before Seattle marched down to take the lead. Bush opened that drive with another hard run off tackle, plowing ahead for 15 yards. He carried two more times for another nine yards before going to the sideline with what looked like a cramp. Matt Forte carried the ball the rest of the way.
2012 Week 14 vs MIN (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush came in for one play late in the second quarter. He took a toss from Cutler and got to the edge, plowing ahead for six yards. It was his only carry of the game.
2011 Week 1 vs DEN (9 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush helped salt away the game with strong runs late, but he was a backup to McFadden the rest of the way, not a committee back. He'll only have value if (when) McFadden gets hurt
2011 Week 2 vs BUF (4 / 23 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush has a role on this team as the short-yardage back but that's about it as long as McFadden stays healthy. Bush came in for a couple of attempts from the 1-yard line in the second quarter and punched one in for a touchdown. After that, however, he saw just two carries the rest of the game. One of them came on a draw play near the end of the first half when he picked up 22 yards and ran the ball down to the 1, only to see Jason Campbell sneak in for the touchdown on the next play. His last carry came on a 2nd down play from the Bills 13 yard line when he was just spelling McFadden and was stopped for a 1-yard gain.
2011 Week 3 vs NYJ (8 / 22 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Bush didn't get too much work with Darren McFadden running like his hair was on fire but he did get a goal line look which he converted for a touchdown. On the play, the offensive line opened up a huge hole and Bush was able to waltz in virtually untouched. Bush did a good job catching the ball as well, making defenders miss and breaking tackles after the catch as well. His 28 yard reception late in the fourth just about sealed the game up. A very solid back, Bush will not see much more work than he did today as long as McFadden is healthy.
2011 Week 4 vs NE (8 / 26 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Bush had another solid performance, and even when Oakland is down a substantial deficit he was still a factor. Bush is just a tough north-south runner that is part of a punishing two back system with McFadden. Bush seems to get around 70 percent of the work inside the 5, and when the ball is on the 1, it's almost exclusively Bush's downs to play. This tandem is similar to McGahee- Rice situation when they both were in Baltimore. Where McFadden will do most of the work, he will lose goal line duty and the closer role to Bush. Bush had a nice 1 yd TD run on 3rd &goal where he followed a huge hole into the end zone and then punished a Patriots defender who did not want anything to do with him since Bush has already broken the plane of the endzone.
2011 Week 5 vs HOU (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush spelled Darren McFadden on three occasions but was unable to find much running room against a Texans defense that was clearly committed to stopping the run. Bush did manage to run with a good forward lean in to the teeth of the defense, resulting in positive yardage gains after the first point of contact. He was not, however, able to break through the Texans front seven at any time and finished the day with less then ten yards gained on four carries.
2011 Week 6 vs CLE (10 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Bush had another workman like day out there. He came in on several short yardage plays and also played his normal role of change up to McFadden. But as stated above with McFadden, the Browns stacked the box, and there was not much room for Bush to run. He still punished defenders on several plays, and he got some carries as the closer role in the 4th quarter. Bush is still a valuable asset because of McFadden's injury history and should continue to get the ball when there are on the 1 yard line so has fantasy value there too.
2011 Week 7 vs KC (17 / 99 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
With McFadden's injury, Bush had a huge opportunity and for the most part he took advantage of it. He banged up the middle repeatedly for short gains before finally breaking a 35 yard run to the Chiefs' 5 yard line. The excitement of that run didn't last long as Bush had 4 consecutive cracks at the Chiefs from the 5 and failed to produce a touchdown, including two runs in a row where he was stuffed at the one. You have to wonder if Bush was gassed after the 35 yard run as he didn't have the same drive on these runs as he had all day. Bush had another 19 yard run on 3rd and 29 but soon the Raiders fell into catch up mode and he all but disappeared in the 4th quarter. He did see some involvement in the passing game late but is simply not as explosive in the open field as Taiwan Jones.
2011 Week 9 vs DEN (19 / 96 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)
Once again Bush showed that he has the game to be a starting running back in the league. Unfortunately for him, he has one of the best running backs in the league in front of him- RB Darren McFadden. Bush showed nice lateral movement for a 250 pound guy, often making defenders miss. He also showed that he has nice hands by taking a dump off from Palmer and then leaping over CB Champ Bailey for the score. It was a very impressive leap for a man of Bush's size. This was a typical game we see from Bush when McFadden is out in terms of production. He could have had a bigger day but Oakland was forced to throw the ball in the 4th quarter to catch up, and this minimized Bush's opportunities.
2011 Week 10 vs SD (30 / 157 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 85 / 0 rec)
With the running backs Oakland has produced over the last two decades, you know you're doing something right when you have the most yards from scrimmage by an Oakland back since Bo Jackson. That's precisely what Bush did in this game, gashing the Chargers in just about every facet of the game en route to a career best performance. It started early on when he broke a huge run up the left side and into the open field for 44 yards. The holes created by the Oakland line were gaping, but Bush still did a good job of reading his blocks. For most of the game, Bush just pounded the ball up the middle regularly and San Diego was powerless to stop it. But the Raiders also worked creatively to get Bush involved in other ways. In addition to his whopping THIRTY carries on the ground, Bush also caught three passes for 85 yards. One was a designed screen that went for 23 and was very well set up. And another was a huge third down pickup that resulted in a 55-yard gain off another screen. That was a perfectly executed play and featured a convoy of blockers in front of him and into the open field. The commentators kept mentioning how Darren McFadden would have scored on some of these plays whereas Bush was tackled from the side or from behind. While that may be true, it's also possible that McFadden would draw more attention on these types of plays. Bush seemingly caught the Chargers off-balance with some of the big gains he was putting up in this one, because the holes were there with regularity. His touchdown run was a leaping dive from two yards out where he charged up to the line, gathered some momentum, and jumped over the pile to get in for the score. Once again, that play was well-blocked as he had a clear space to jump in without much resistance. Later on in the first half, he got a third down carry from the five yard line but was stopped short for no gain. It is clear from the split of the workload that as long as McFadden is going to be out, Bush is going to get a full workload.
2011 Week 11 vs MIN (30 / 109 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush carried the load for the Raiders in this game, and he became the first running back since 2010 to have more than 100 yards rushing against the Vikings. Although Bush had his fair share of short gains or stuffs (13 carries of 2 or fewer yards), he kept pounding away at the tough Minnesota run defense and eventually began to make progress at different points. He finished with seven carries of five yards or more, including a big 28 yard gain mid-way through the second quarter that eventually led to his rushing touchdown a few plays later. Bush also contributed in the passing game, catching two balls for ten yard gains each. The first was a perfectly executed screen pass in the first quarter and the other was a short check-down on third and long where Bush had a nice 10 yard catch and run but it wasn't enough for the first down. Bush continues to draw defensive attention, and Marcel Reece had several solid gains due to Ponder faking the ball in the direction of Bush first. Bush is the workhorse back that has been performing well, but he may lose his job when Darren McFadden returns from his injury.
2011 Week 12 vs CHI (24 / 69 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Bush had a tough game in terms of yards per carry but he was able to salvage a decent fantasy game with a late TD run. Bush also had a TD catch and another 20 yard plus run called back to holding. The Bears are a tough defense but Bush showed he can produce even facing a tough defense. Every week Bush keeps making more money for himself next year when he becomes a free agent. It's nice to see a guy who is auditioning for a starting job do as well as he has with McFadden out. Reports are still saying McFadden might miss at least another game or possibly two. So Bush will remain a number 1 fantasy back at least until then.
2011 Week 13 vs MIA (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
No room to run or roam for Bush especially early on in the 1st half of the game. He was running to the right side and the Phins' defense was waiting for him as Karlos Dansby had his number. He did manage a very nice leaping catch in the 1st half over Kevin Burnett. Once the Raiders fell so far behind there was little chance that Bush was going to have much impact.
2011 Week 14 vs GB (23 / 78 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Considering the game script, Bush had a relatively successful day. Much of his success came late in the game, but he never stopped running hard and even found success as a receiver. Nearly all of his success came up the middle and he looked out of place on toss plays, lacking the burst to get to the corner. He fell forward on nearly every run and never showed any sign of letting up, even with the game decided early. His touchdown run was one of his easiest of the day; he could have walked through the massive hole. He took advantage of soft coverage and back up defenders to seriously pad his stats in the 4th quarter. 43 of his rushing yards came in the final quarter.
2011 Week 15 vs DET (18 / 77 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 62 / 0 rec)
He made his owners proud with his activity in the passing game. He was catching a lot of screens and getting into open space which made it very difficult to get him on the ground because of his size. Bush was efficient on the ground and he made the Lions pay every time they tackled him. Was running with gusto towards the end of the game to try and ice it but on 3rd and 3 the Raiders opted to throw it down the field and missed which forced the raiders to punt the football. Solid day for Bush but it felt like there could have been more for owners.
2011 Week 16 vs KC (23 / 70 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Bush struggled for a majority of the day in good part because of excellent tackling by the Chiefs. As usual, Bush sought out contact, but on this day he seemed to be going to the ground at first contact. Bush had just 16 yards in the first half and 6 of them came on 2nd and 15 with less than 3 minutes left in the half when the Chiefs were clearly looking pass. The second half didn't start much better as his only carry of more than 3 yards was a 19 yard run that was called back for holding. As would be expected, the big back started to wear the Chiefs defense down a little later in the game and he began to pick up a few yards after contact. An 11 yard run in the 4th quarter was highlighted by a decisive cutback at the line and proved to be his best of the day. He did have some success catching the ball out of the backfield, but again didn't really break many tackles. Bush's style relies on the defense growing tired of tackling the battering ram and that didn't seem to happen in this game.
2011 Week 17 vs SD (19 / 66 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
For the first time in a long time, Bush did not have a huge game against the Chargers. The San Diego defense did a very nice job of containing him by clogging the middle of the field as the game went along. Bush did a pretty good job of getting whatever yardage was there, because the running lanes were very few and far between. He finally had a strong run late in the third quarter up the middle as he fought for extra yardage, but that run was negated by a holding penalty. Bush never came close to scoring, and as Oakland fell further and further behind and relied almost exclusively on the passing game, his role in the offense was phased out more and more. He didn't get a chance to put a stamp on his 2012 season, but he made more than enough of an impact to warrant being one of the most sought-after free agent running backs in this year's class.
2010 Week 3 vs ARI (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush had a goal line carry and got stuffed. His best carry on the day was on third and long against a nickel defense. He looks like he is only worth carrying as a backup to Darren McFadden right now.
2010 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
In his second game back, Michael Bush had a larger workload but still only played a complementary roll to Darren McFadden until the latter left the game with a Hamstring injury. That said, Bush looked surprisingly agile for a player returning from leg injury. He ran with great power on the Raiders first scoring drive and made a nifty cut on his best run which helped score a touchdown. On the play, Bush lined up in the backfield and took the handoff on what looked to be a simple off-tackle run to the right. It looked like a violent collision at the line was imminent until Bush sidestepped further outside and scored virtually untouched. Bush also had two receptions on short screen passes, which is an indication that the Raiders' offense will not hesitate to utilize him in a variety of situations regardless of down and distance or score. With Darren McFadden's injury status not yet known (hamstring) Bush could receive substantially more work in the coming weeks.
2010 Week 5 vs SD (26 / 104 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Bush replaced an injured McFadden very nicely on Sunday. He was asked to pound the rock up the middle and be a decent outlet check down for the QB, and he executed these roles to perfection. He was a nice well rounded RB, who stayed on the field most of the time. He is a big explosive runner, who always falls forward and gets every available yard.
2010 Week 6 vs SF (20 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
With the Raiders offensive line suffering in pass protection and with backfield mate Darren McFadden inactive, Michael Bush had to bear the brunt of the 49ers defense for the entire game. Bush acted as the outlet receiver for Campbell when his protection broke down and he showed good awareness to make himself available and good hands on each catch. Bush ran with a purpose, but the Raiders offensive line were unable to win the battle up front in the trenches and his contribution was limited for the game.
2010 Week 7 vs DEN (15 / 52 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
For the part of this game that was close enough to be considered "normal situations," Bush was given the workload of a #2 running back -- a "specialist" type. His touchdown made the game 59-14, so it occurred in a "non-normal situation," but it did show his short-yardage ability. Anyone who watches game film of this one will see that because of Bush's skills -- and moreso because of McFadden's -- that Bush should be the short-yardage back or be given every 4th series if McFadden needs a rest. Being relegated to #2 status doesn't necessarily reflect significant limitations in Bush's skill set. It is actually because McFadden just looks so good that he's hard to keep off the field. This team has two quality players and should feel comfortable using either should something happen to McFadden. It's a very nice situation to have.
2010 Week 8 vs SEA (9 / 51 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 55 / 0 rec)
Don't get too excited. Bush had a lot of garbage time carries, including his 4 yard TD plunge. In fact, Bush didn't record a carry until nearly midway through the 2nd quarter. McFadden will continue to get the bulk of the carries (as long as he's healthy). With opportunity, Bush has quite a lot of value, but by no means can even you count on him reaching double digits in carries in the weeks ahead.
2010 Week 9 vs KC (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush was relegated to a backup/change of pace/short yardage role, which should be his role going forward. He ran strong on his "wild hog" handoffs from Darren McFadden, and he was also in on goal-to-go carries and had his best run of the day called back by penalty. He is still worth holding as a potential jackpot back if McFadden gets hurt again, and he could have solid numbers in any game that the Raiders control and keep on their script, but Bush has fallen short of higher expectations this year because of the emergence of McFadden.
2010 Week 11 vs PIT (4 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Although Bush finished with more yards, much of them were tallied during garbage time when the Steelers were winning 21-3. His longest run was a 24 yard rumble late in the third quarter where he took a hand-off up the gut, broke a few arm tackles and burst into the open field. It was the longest play from scrimmage for the Raiders all day. He also had one screen pass catch and run that he took for 16 yards with less than a minute to go. Aside from that, Darren McFadden was the workhorse for the Raiders in this game.
2010 Week 13 vs SD (23 / 95 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the second time this season, the Chargers appeared completely unable to bring down Michael Bush. He didn't have quite the yards per carry average of teammate Darren McFadden, but he did much of his bruising up the middle with the big boys. Each time he was met by a defender, he either fell forward after initial contact or actually dragged defenders for several yards. On his touchdown run, he absolutely refused to be taken down. He was hit a good three or four times by defenders and just kept his feet moving while forcing his way into the end zone for the score. He then helped run out the clock on the final possession with a powerful run up the middle
2010 Week 14 vs JAX (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush had little room up front to work with on his carries and was not involved in the passing game. Jacksonville maintained gap discipline against Bush and never allowed gains similar to McFadden.
2010 Week 15 vs DEN (12 / 24 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush spelled McFadden after big runs and did a decent job, although watching the two backs and their contrasting styles is like night and day sometimes. Bush managed to score two touchdowns on goal line carries and looked good doing it as he powered in with low pad level and that "you don't want to tackle me" look. Bush may be a complementary back right now in Oakland, but he is due to become a free agent and has the talent to carry the load.
2010 Week 16 vs IND (3 / 19 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Perhaps Bush should have been used more, as his fierce running style paid dividends on a 15 yard run, and on another long run that was called back due to a holding penalty. However, it's hard to justify taking carries away from Mcfadden, seeing how successful he's been in recent weeks. The Raiders overall have to kick themselves for only giving the duo 14 carries, and letting Campbell throw it 42 times, despite the fact that in the first half, the gameplan looked very simple and conservative.
2010 Week 17 vs KC (25 / 137 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush came in for Darren McFadden and did a phenomenal job. Bush offers the Raiders something completely different in that he is much stouter in one on one collisions, using his power and low pad level to generate pop and momentum. Bush is also a gifted receiver as he showed on an amazing one handed catch for a ten yard gain. Bush's touchdown run was perfectly blocked by the right side of the Raiders offensive line and he duly made the safety miss and took it in. Bush could easily start on another team and his full potential has yet to be realized.
2009 Week 1 vs SD (12 / 55 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Bush had to frustrate Darren McFadden owners, vulturing the only rush TD on the night and cutting into McFadden's snaps even more after McFadden fumbled in the first half. Bush looked strong and physical on his touches, and he may remain the first option at the goal line. He got all three carries when the Raiders had a goal to go situation, and didn't disappoint. He was also used as a receiver out of the backfield and had two catches called back by offensive penalties. He is going be a massive value for a double digit round pick this year.
2009 Week 2 vs KC (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Bush did what he could with his limited touches, running hard between the tackles and getting yards after contact, even running over a KC linebacker. On his one reception, Bush showed a good burst for a big back. Like the rest of the Raiders offense, he was held back by the ineptitude of JaMarcus Russell, in what should have been a good matchup for the Raiders running game.
2009 Week 3 vs DEN (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
At times Bush was able to use his size and speed effectively against the Broncos, especially in the 2nd quarter when it seemed like the Raiders had figured out how to move the football. In addition to punishing defenders on the ground, the Raiders tried to get Bush involved as a receiver out of the backfield. He finished with the most receptions of any Raiders receiver, but wasn't able to gain a whole lot of yards with his targets. Like McFadden, it was hard for Bush to get into a rhythm against the Broncos.
2009 Week 4 vs HOU (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Bush started the game as the complement to Darren McFadden but quickly lost his carries to Justin Fargas once the Texans proved their run defense would be effective. Bush had 3 carries for 10 yards and one reception for 4 yards but lost the ball to Houston on the reception.
2009 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 37 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Bush answered the bell and ran very hard in his first start this year. He had the body lean of a power back and he broke a few tackles by running behind his pads. Bush notched the only Raiders TD on the day on a well-blocked run up the gut inside the five.
2009 Week 6 vs PHI (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush could not get off the bench in Week 6 as Justin Fargas dominated touches against the Eagles. Bush finished the game with only six carries and one short catch out of the backfield as Fargas had 24 touches against Philadelphia. Bush has likely slipped back down the depth chart to third in the Oakland backfield.
2009 Week 7 vs NYJ (8 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Bush split time with Justin Fargas in Week 7 against the Jets, but his running was far less impressive than what Fargas accomplished on similar touch totals. Bush did gain 10 yards on one carry early in the third quarter, but most of his carries were for four yards or less. He will still get touches along with Fargas, but his workload could diminish once Darren McFadden gets healthy in a few weeks.
2009 Week 8 vs SD (7 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Bush's first two carries resulted in a first down for Oakland, and he appeared to be on his way towards becoming the latest rusher to take down the San Diego defensive front. However, his touches dwindled after Justin Fargas began opening up holes in the defense, and Fargas appeared to run with far more power and authority. Bush had very little impact in this game, and it was obvious that Fargas was the better runner of the two, at least right now. It would be more than a mild surprise if Bush earned any additional carries moving forward with this performance.
2009 Week 10 vs KC (14 / 119 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Bush got the day started right for the Raiders with a 60-yard run, bouncing off of contact near the line and exposing the poor speed of the Chiefs secondary. He ran very well for the rest of the day, generating good power by running behind his pads, and efficiently running behind the newly healthy offensive line. He showed good hands on his receptions after an early drop, and seemed to get stronger as the game went on. The Raiders backfield split will be hard to gauge, but if Bush gets a big piece of it, he should remain productive, and he deserves to be rostered in all but very shallow leagues.
2009 Week 11 vs CIN (4 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush started the game and saw more series than Justin Fargas in the game. Bush got the fewest carries of the three Raider running backs however, as the team struggled with time of possession in the first half and the Raiders elected to use Darren McFadden early in the third quarter as a change of pace back. Bush did look decisive and powerful with his carries. He ran over a Cincinnati defensive back to finish a run after bouncing a play outside.
2009 Week 12 vs DAL (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
So much for his starter role. Michael Bush did not touch the ball or even see the field until the third quarter. Bush had just three short runs up the middle with only his first carry, a seven yard gain, really mattering to the offense. He is now clearly behind both Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas on the depth chart and is hardly worth a fantasy roster spot right now.
2009 Week 13 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush was barely used, but he did get the call on a halfback option pass in Steelers territory that fell harmlessly to the turf behind receiver and defender alike.
2009 Week 14 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush did not factor into the RBBC this game.
2009 Week 15 vs DEN (18 / 133 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush came into the game because of the injury to Justin Fargas and ran tough. The Broncos did not have an answer for the big back, and Bush was frequently getting to the second level of the defense. The Raiders were using simple misdirection plays to get big gains from Bush as the Broncos defense lacked discipline against the run. Bush is surprisingly fast for a big man, and that speed/quickness combination seemed to catch the Broncos off guard.
2009 Week 16 vs CLE (10 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Bush came in on the Raiders' third offensive series. Bush ran hard and was able to beat the pursuit outside the tackles for a long gain, but also had trouble pushing the pile on other carries. Though Bush was more decisive and effective running the ball than Darren McFadden, the Raiders used him little in the second half and elected to throw the ball four times on the goal line in one series rather than give Bush a chance to convert.
2009 Week 17 vs BAL (10 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Bush (just like the rest of the Raiders running attack) was rendered completely useless in week 17 by the stout run defense of the Baltimore defense. He barely saw the ball at all in the 1st half and when he was called upon he had zero room to work. Bush was often hit in the backfield and struggled to just get back to the line of scrimmage.
2008 Week 2 vs KC (16 / 90 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush saw his first action in the second half, after the Fargas injury. He spelled McFadden regularly - like clockwork, he was subbed in on the play following all four of McFadden's 20+ yard runs, and often for a couple plays after that. He showed good power charging through the line, and had a nice TD run to cap off the scoring near the end of the game. Like McFadden, the bulk of his yardage came in the second half of the game. His one negative was a fumble that he lost, after allowing the ball to be stripped away.
2008 Week 3 vs BUF (14 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Although fellow halfback Darren McFadden got the start, Bush played plenty. He and McFadden both had fourteen carries, with the majority of Bush's damage coming on third down situations (something the team also enjoyed great success with in Week 2). The offensive line was creating big lanes for him, and he responded with a nice burst. Two items of note are: A) It was McFadden, not Bush, who was getting red zone carries in the third quarter, and B) It was Bush, not McFadden, who was getting fourth quarter carries as the Raiders were trying to pick up first downs and run out the clock. It should also be noted that they were unable to do so.
2008 Week 4 vs SD (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec)
With Darren McFadden still not feeling 100%, the primary halfback duties fell on Bush this week. He responded with 128 yards from scrimmage and a rushing touchdown that was called back due to a penalty. Right from the outset, it was obvious that Bush was going to have a role in the game. He entered as soon as the Raiders got near the goal line, and saw regular carries the entire first half. Late in the second quarter, Bush was given a fourth down carry from the San Diego one yard line. He dove into the end zone for the apparent score, but the touchdown was nullified due to a holding penalty. Bush remained in the game and had compiled a serviceable 81 yards from scrimmage near the end of the fourth quarter. But with the Raiders trailing by ten and the Chargers in a prevent defense, Bush added another four receptions for 47 yards on the final drive to put a stamp on his afternoon with some "garbage time" gems.
2008 Week 6 vs NO (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
With Justin Fargas back in the lineup Bush was relegated to backup duty. He saw action late the game but his role will remain minimal unless and until the backfield situation changes.
2008 Week 8 vs BAL (5 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
The "other" Bush was nearly non-existent in the game. He only gained eight yards on just five carries, but also tacked on nine yards with his only reception. You'd be hard pressed to find anything positive from his day, but 17 total yards is better than none.
2008 Week 9 vs ATL (3 / -2 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Bush was pressed into duty when McFadden was scratched. He lost two yards three carries but led the Raider receiving corpse by grabbing three passes for a total 15 yards.
2008 Week 10 vs CAR (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 9 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Bush ran the ball eight times for 30 yards on the ground and caught five balls for 43 yards on a team high ten targets in the passing game. However, of those ten targets, five came on the club's last drive in their hurry up offense.
2008 Week 12 vs DEN (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bush's biggest impact came on a halfback option play where he threw a pass to Zach Miller that was caught for a first down on a third down play.
2008 Week 15 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
RB Michael Bush attempted two passes but did not connect on either. QB JaMarcus Russell dropped one pass that would have been a first down conversion.
2008 Week 17 vs TB (27 / 177 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Michael Bush simply tore apart the struggling Tampa Bay rush defense to the tune of 27 rushes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and added a six yard reception for the Raiders. Bush's touchdown runs came from four and 67 yards out, the latter of which proved to be the game winner for the Raiders. Bush showed toughness running inside and the burst and speed he showed early in his college career before breaking his leg, and proved to be too much for an ailing, struggling Buccaneer defense as the game went on. On the Raider's final scoring drive, Bush was given the ball 10 straight times, a drive that ended with a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.