January 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush (29) runs the ball against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Who Would You Rather Have In A Charges Jersey: Michael Bush Or Mike Tolbert?

The Chargers will need to find a backup for Ryan Mathews this offseason since it seems that Mike Tolbert will be on the move. One of the options that is mentioned in Kevin Acee’s latest article is Raiders RB Michael Bush:

The Chargers will likely go looking for a veteran such as Cadillac Williams to back up Ryan Mathews. Michael Bush, who they tried to get via trade a few years ago, is also a possibility.

The Chargers wanted to get Bush a few years back as a backup to LaDainian Tomlinson, but were not able to swing a deal. He is now available in free agency and could be a guy that we want to bring in. He is a tough inside runner and has a nose for the end zone.

He is similar to Mike Tolbert as a running back. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just bring back the Toldozer since he is familiar with the players in the locker room and the playbook already?

Which Mike would you rather have? Tolbert or Bush?

I was going to put some highlights of Bush on here, but I couldn’t stand watching a Raiders jersey for that long… PLUS he had too many highlights against us!

Instead, let’s just watch Mike Tolbert run over 49er Dashon Goldson:

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  • pubrelationprof

    @chargersbuzztap No doubt but Tolbert – special teams more than anything. He can juke and move – Bush is 100% straight ahead runner

  • whobeadrian

    @chargersbuzztap Bush, he’s able to hold on to the ball a bit better than Tolbert. http://t.co/A7ZUQuId

  • the gorn

    I like Tolbert but he isn’t the smartest player.  He often makes bad decisions.  Bush, I don’t know.  I know he runs hard but he, like Tolbert, lacks durability.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @the gorn the first thought when you said “isnt the smartest player” was that play where he thought he was barry sanders and then ended up fumbling the game away!

      • RussellGrant

         @epadaon  @the gorn Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought of that play.

  • RussellGrant

    Bush is a nasty, Michael Turner style, bust you in the mouth kind of runner.  If we can’t keep Tolbert, we can use Bush.

    • RussellGrant

      Plus anytime we can weaken the Raider Nation, is a time to celebrate.

  • CindiSpears

    We already have too many on our team with Raider loyalties (ie, Norv). 

    • RussellGrant

       @CindiSpears  Norv I think has embarrassing photos of AJ.  Nothing else makes sense.
      If the Raiders aren’t going to pay him I doubt he’ll be that loyal.  Landing here in the south with two chances a year to stick it to his old team:  That might be worth the price of admission.

      • CindiSpears

         @RussellGrant I see, black and silver does not equal loyalty.  Why not have both then?  Mike and Michael, put them both in. 

        • RussellGrant

           @CindiSpears If AJ pulls that off, almost all would be forgiven

  • Kiko Wilson


  • Dave Warner Jr.


  • Leonardo Velazquez

    Bush! He seems to be a lot tougher. He did slow down last season after covering for McFadden for so long. Maybe bring him in as a fullback. Idk nvm haha.

  • Paul Biggs

    At the time it happened I thought letting Lo Neil go was a huge mistake. Lt’s production went down and started getting hit at the line more making him injury prone. Yes, I know, should’ve, could’ve, would’ve, but keeping Lo and having Tolbert learn under him would’ve been ideal. As much as I like Hester, we need a real FB to go along with the left side of the Oline.

  • dorourke2312

    As much as I like Tolbert’s heart and passion, he just doesn’t play consistently and falls apart when he’s under pressure in a close game (see Pats game last year where he fumbled at a crucial time and couldn’t get into the end zone from half a yard out).  I think Bush has proven he can be a starter in the league so I doubt we would sign him as a backup.  If we did though, he’s a much better all around option than Tolbert.  

  • MikeTuck

    I’m surprised at the poll numbers. Tolbert is a great back opposite mathews and as much as I like Bushes game, the Chargers offensive line    vs the Raiders O-line made the difference. I’d never wish a raider player over a Charger, especially when you do consider the difference in lines.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @MikeTuck i was surprised by the poll numbers also. crazy!

      • RussellGrant

         @epadaon  @MikeTuck They are both good players.  Bush nearly gained 1000 yards last year behind Oakland’s line.  I’m not as surprised by the poll really.  A lot of people probably remember the November game where Bush hung 150 yards on us.  Even in the last game he averaged 3.5 yards on us.  That shows his talent pretty well.

  • MikeTuck

    @ ERNIE Especially when you consider our line was killing Rivers and the only great runs were by the RB’s play. The line has been going down hill ever since Goff left and has been slipping into mediocre stadus. Dielman and Hardwich were the only great contributers. When was the last time you’ve seen a screen where the line was quick enough to get out in front. I’m really pulling for Smith to go Free Agency and try to get a couple of Backus and Grubbs stature to give us a great line again. Imagine the runs mathews and Tolbert could have with a line.

  • Ginger Krueger


  • Raquel Acosta Romero

    Tolbert!!! No doubt!!!