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Here comes the Bears' pony express

The Bears signed Michael Bush as an insurance policy in case Matt Forte held out. Now that Forte has signed a four-year deal and both running backs are ready, willing and able to play get ready for the 'pony' backfield. I could see Forte and Bush in the game together and creating all kinds of conflicts for a defense. Michael Bush is 245 lbs and could lead block for Forte. Meanwhile, Forte can go in motion and be a problem for any linebacker having to match up against him. Both Forte and Bush will be effective for screen plays and on hand-offs when either one gets motioned out of the backfield.


Pat Kirwan has been around the league since 1972, serving in a variety of roles. He was a scout for the Cardinals and Buccaneers, a coach for the Jets as well as the team's Director of Player Administration where he negotiated contracts and managed the team's salary cap. He is the author of Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look, and the host of Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains.
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