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Lovie Smith says he would have been comfortable with Kahlil Bell as backup RB

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Bears coach Lovie Smith had a simple explanation for why his club signed veteran running back Michael Bush.

It wasn't to send a message to Matt Forte, and it wasn't to discourage Kahlil Bell.

"I feel comfortable with Kahlil in the No. 2 role," Smith said. "But wouldn't we even be stronger, with Kahlil still here, and Michael Bush? It's just about the strength in the numbers, as much as anything.

"Look at what Kahlil Bell has done," Smith said. "When no one else wanted Kahlil Bell, we brought him into our place. We've played him, and we've kept him for a reason. The combination of Matt Forte and Kahlil Bell is good. But Matt Forte, Kahlil Bell and Michael Bush is even better."

Smith, though, expressed gratitude for Marion Barber, who retired after his one and only season with the Bears. Barber did several positive things last season, but he had two key gaffes in the Bears loss in Denver.

"First off, Marion Barber was great for our football team," Smith said. "Didn't know anything about him. But he came in and did everything I wanted him to be. It was hard to talk to him about calling quits and moving on with the next phase of his life. But as far as the role Michael is going into, it's a similar role. But Michael brings even more."

Smith said Bush is a complete back, one capable of running between the tackles, outside of the tackles, catching passes out of the backfield, blocking and even making people miss.

"You're trying to improve your ball club. That's what we're trying to do. We lost a good player in Marion Barber, and we tried to replace him with a good player, and we did that with Michael Bush," Smith said.

Smith did say Bell needs to protect the football better.

"We're concerned. Kahlil can't fumble the ball that much, as well as he played, especially in that Green Bay game. He put the ball on the ground twice," Smith said. "You can't do that. And he knows that. That's something for him to work on. There's a process you go through."

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I thought Khalil Bell did a pretty decent job when he was called in to be the starter in place of Marion Barber. Yeah I know you can't do that with the fumbles but he ran hard with the carries he got. Anyway with the 6'1" 245 pound Michael Bush in the mix and Matt Forte hopefully not choosing to hold out I think Chicago will have a pretty nasty three headed monster at the running back position! Oh well we'll see soon enough GO BEARS!!

Creepy, I have my very own internet stalker who is probably sitting around in is moms underware copying my writing style thinking he's funny, but he's really not, only when he looks in a mirror. Pathetic actually, your gonna sit around and care what another fan thinks, so much that you'll actually copy his writing style just for laughs, only the problem is nobody else is laughing, only at you when you go outside that one time a day to run to the store for some soda and a candybar? Oh well, GO BEARS!!

Nice try at a cover up cra, err, Kevin. I'm sure nobody noticed that slip up LOL. ;-)

I think that they are just wanting a deep roster, since they collapsed last year after basically Cutler and Forte going down. I truly think that Bell is very good, but they want someone to come in if Forte or Bell get injured and they want someone who can be at least an average or an above average RB

Hey Kevin I think you meant to write under your name that time not Crap-ton. Darn it that's the second time that has happened to you. Now point your finger at me go look up something someone else wrote try to make it your own, and say I know your Crap-ton Creighton. Nice try you pathetic loser nut job.

Do you post under Crap-ton when your at home and Kevin when you are school, trying to learn more chick jokes so you and the other little girls can gab it up.

Tell me who do you like better Justin Bieber or Zack Efron? Let me guess tinker bell, "it's just to hard to decide, they are both so wonderful" "OMG don't blame me cause a house fell on your sister, he he he, giggles"

Yeah Crap-ton is stalking you, right, whatever you say. That's why he wrote a totally normal Kevin post. Oh did you say pathetic, why Kevin when is the last time you used that word? Hmmmm lets see I used it today and directed it at you, I bet that's going ot be your new favorite word. Gosh looks like one of your fruity little plans didn't go over so well. Got to keep those names in order, but it's so hard to do that isn't it. Now go cry to Sean about Creighton the big meanie. Boy this has been a great day of kick the Kevin, you should give this up and just go back to playing hop scotch.

Oh I know you had a tough day so I got you a little present.

"Sanu was a borderline first-rounder before a poor Combine pushed him into round two. He enjoyed a massive season and demostrated the capacity to be a No.1 receiver in the NFL. Sanu recorded 115 catches for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns. Against North Carolina, he had a phenomenal game and carried the Rutgers' offense. Sanu finished the game with 13 receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown. He made a highlight-reel, one-handed catch for that touchdown."

"Sanu did a very good job of route-running throughout the season. This year, he stayed healthy and displayed good speed to go along with his ideal size. Sanu makes tough catches and can get open in all levels of the field."

See I am a nice guy. I got it from Walter Football. Now you can cut and paste it, get rid of those ugly quote marks that you hate so much, and pretend you wrote it and tell everyone it is your opinion just like you do with most of your posts. Such an original thinker. OMG I got an even better idea, here

" Sanu measured at 6-2, 215. He's a long-looking athlete with a muscular upper body and slightly skinny legs. He took a while to get up to speed on the 40 (would like to see his 10-yard splits), but showed decent glide when he got there."

"I like Sanu as a reliable, though not exceptionally quick, receiver who can make gains in possession concepts, and I think he reinforced his grasp of the fundamentals during his combine workout."

That's from Yahoo sports if you combine the two maybe nobody will notice and you might get away with it, see I am a good friend. Yeah if you put two posts you didn't write together maybe you can convice yourself it was your opinion and that you had an original thought. You know what's really funny your yelling at yourself about copying writing styles. Project much? Something tells me this probably also you projecting "only the problem is nobody else is laughing, only at you when you go outside that one time a day to run to the store for some soda and a candybar?"

God it really does suck to be you doesn't it?

Me on the other hand well it's been a good day. So good in fact I think I need a little "it takes two" (see what I did there?)

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outtasight
Hit it!

I wanna rock right now
I'm Rob Base and I came to get down
I'm not internationally known
But I'm known to rock the microphone
Because I get stoopid, I mean outrageous
Stay away from me if you're contagious
'Cause I'm the winner, no, I'm not the loser
To be an M.C. is what I choose'a
Ladies love me, girls adore me
I mean even the ones who never saw me
Like the way that I rhyme at a show
The reason why, man, I don't know
So let's go, 'cause

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it"

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