Chicago Bears Week 15 Milk Carton

After another heartbreaking loss at the hands of their hated rivals, it’s easy to come up with candidates for the Chicago Bears Week 15 Milk Carton.  In case you’re new to the site, the Milk Carton is the weekly distinction for the member of the team who disappeared and went missing during the game.

Following a loss, these always seem easier to do; there are so many choices.  This week, I’ve chosen running back Michael Bush, who almost literally disappeared in the Bears’ 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.  

Here’s the game situation – Bears down 21-7 late in the third quarter.  Thanks to a couple of pass interference penalties committed against Alshon Jeffery set the Bears up with great field position at the 5-yard line.  First play from the 5 is a run to Matt Forte, who gains 4 yards to get down to the 1-yard line.

As a Bears fan sitting in the crowded bar, you yell out “Let’s see some Bush!” to which all the women in the bar turn and glare at you.  Short yardage, goal line, this is why Michael Bush was brought to Chicago.  Then another Forte run and you’re asking “Is Michael Bush active today?”  You dutifully check your Twitter feed for the inactives and Bush’s name is nowhere to be found.

Bush was suited up, but was cited as “down” and Lovie Smith explained the plan was to use him only in an emergency due to some sore ribs.  I’m sorry, sore ribs?  THIS WAS THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON!!!  Take a shot and get your ass in the game!  Suck it up!  You’re getting paid MILLIONS of dollars and you can’t go in for ONE PLAY to try to gain ONE YARD!!!

If Bush wasn’t healthy enough to get a uniform, he should have been wearing a track suit and that goes back to Lovie Smith and the coaching staff.  If you have a helmet and shoulder pads, you’re expected to get in there.

Bush continues the long line of failed second running back, succeeding Chester Taylor and Marion Barber.  In his Bears debut season, Bush has 114 carries for 411 yards for just a 3.6 yards/carry.  He does have 5 TD’s.  Unfortunately, he should have 6 TD’s and maybe the Bears could have pulled out a win against the Packers.

What do you think?  Who deserves to be on the Milk Carton this week?


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  • John Mack

    Nomination for the milk cartoon: Chicago Bear’s Coaching Staff.

    I absolutely thought the same thing about using Michael Bush. Why not throw him in there. I won’t underestimate the pain and problems associated with sore ribs. That situation can make breathing extremely difficult, and maximum output (physical effort) with minimum intake (difficult breathing with sore ribs leads to inadequate oxygen replenishment of muscles) can be more damaging to a player we could use should we make the playoffs.

    But I nominate the coaching staff for no creativity. If Bush is hurt, utilize Armando Allen. Hell, fake a run with Forte, while throwing Evan Rodriguez to the corner for a catch. Anything. Get old school and use the big body of a lineman to rush into the endzone while being pushed by the rest of the line. But for God sake, this is the Packers, in your house, in a detrimental game of epic proportions…show some bloody creativity!