Chicago Bears: Deon Bush miscue indictment on coaching

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Brandon LaFell /

How unpaired Deon Bush was to substitute in for Chris Prosinsiki is an indictment on the Chicago Bears coaching staff

We all know the term “next man up.” It has been around football for decades. Unfortunately for the Chicago Bears, when Deon Bush is the next man up, he does not live up to the cliche.

Bush was coming back from injury, which is why the team started a safety who was a street free agent less than a month ago. However, Prosinski left the game against the Bengals for four snaps due to an injury. This was Bush’s chance.

Unfortunately for Bush, he showed why he is getting benched for players out of the league. On the play below, he looks completely lost and ends up giving a touchdown.

Eddie Jackson, a rookie, is directing Bush and trying to get him in the right spot. Bush lackadaisically drops back, Brandon LaFell beats him underneath and the Bengals got on the board.

Bush is not going to get many chances in the NFL. To show up completely unprepared is not a good sign of his name getting called again. However, his unpreparedness is on the coaching staff. He clearly felt like he never had a chance to play over Prosinski.

The Bears had to at least keep him in the mindset that his number could easily get called on, and that it was his chance to prove himself. Instead, it looked like an unmotivated player.

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Another question that lies beyond this is how bad is Deiondre’ Hall. Yes, he is just coming off of the Injured Reserve. Still, he practiced with the team before Prosinski and over the span of time that Bush missed. Think about. Hall is not an option for Prosinski who was cut, and Bush who was not ready to play.

The depth at safety is deep, but it is a mishmash of random pieces. The Bears have to figure out who should stay and who should go at some point as they clean up some of the lower end safeties.