BY: ED COLE
TEMPE, Ariz. – Michael Bush was only with the Arizona Cardinals for 11 days before he was released. In the biggest bit of irony, Kerwynn Williams was released to make room for Bush, then Williams was brought up from the practice squad to the active roster, pushing Bush out.
Bush couldn’t take anything away from his time with the Cardinals because he wasn’t with them long enough to establish anything.
“I couldn’t take nothing away. I didn’t get a chance, simple as that,” Bush said. “From some of the comments that was made from the coach [head coach Bruce Arians], ‘Bush [isn’t] a short term solution,’ and all that, I thought this was gonna be my next home.”
“I still don’t have any love lost for them. They got my number, I’m right up the road. Call me anytime they want,” Bush said.
Bush felt that he got the system down quick enough, so he ruled that out as a possible reason why he was let go. He thinks it was a straight personnel decision.
“I’m not sure everybody in the building was familiar with my talents or my style of play,” Bush said. “It’s a million questions out there that I want answers to, and I don’t know, so I can’t tell you anything.”
Cardinals’ running backs coach Stump Mitchell thought Bush worked “relatively hard” when he was with the team. He echoes Bush’s sentiments about not knowing or being able to unlock Bush’s true potential because they brought him in toward the end of the season and there wasn’t a whole lot of time to see it all.
“You really didn’t get the full gist of what he [Bush] can do, because we didn’t hit a whole heck of a lot,” Mitchell said. “He really didn’t get any opportunities to perform in any games, therefore you have to go back to what he had done in previous years, but I think he’s a pretty good ball player.”
Bush didn’t take part in the NFL Scouting Combine coming out of Louisville. He broke his leg against Kentucky in his senior season and never got a chance to properly show the league his talents outside of game tape.
Bush had a chance to redeem himself, so to speak, by performing at the NFL Veterans Combine on Sunday. It’s not the most ideal way for Bush to get back in the league, but it’s the road he has to travel if he’s serious about making a return.
“It’s very frustrating, because like I said, I got a lot of questions. I want to know the reason why, or what did I do or what is it?” Bush said. “You look around the league and you see guys playing and I’m like, ‘Man, I should be out there.’”
“I’m not the only one this is going to happen to,” Bush said. “The bright side of it is I’m still fresh, so if somebody gives me a call, in my opinion, they got hell to pay, because I feel like I shouldn’t be in this situation and I feel like I shouldn’t have to be here.”
“For me, it’s not about the money; I got it, I’m not gonna get much more. It’s about showing people I have it, I never lost it and just a fair shake that’s all,” Bush said.
Bush says he’s been working out constantly for the last 18 months. He says the workouts have been tougher than anything he’s experienced in football.
Bush feels the team that does decide to sign him will get a “hard working guy.”
“You ask me a question, I’m gonna tell you the truth,” Bush said. “I’m not gonna be rude about it, I’m not gonna be a problem in the locker room. I just want to come out, play ball, have fun, get to know the teammates, enjoy it and win some games.”
“You’re getting a football player,” Bush said. “It may not look pretty on paper, but put some pads on, and get behind the line [and] the football guy comes out.”