Matt Forte Has to be a Bigger Part of the Chicago Bears Offense in 2013

By Matt Gabrielson
Matt Forte Chicago Bears
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The Chicago Bears will be changing their offense up for the second time in as many seasons for 2013.  The player that saw the biggest drop off in his production from 2011 to 2012 was running back Matt Forte.  In 2011 Forte had a career year and was nearly half of the Bears total offense before suffering an injury late in that season.  2012 under a new coordinator Forte went from being a focal point of the Bears offense and one of the best play makers in the NFL to becoming a nearly forgotten man.

When you have a player like Forte on your roster, your offense can be capable of large gains every time the ball is snapped.  Forte truly is a complete back. He has breakaway speed that allows him to hit the edge and break large runs, is strong enough to power his way to tough yards after contact, and has tremendous hands allowing him to catch passes out of the backfield.  But for some reason not all of these tools were utilized as the Bears offense disappointed once again.

In 2012 the Bears seemed to want to get the ball to wide receiver Brandon Marshall as often as possible.  While Marshall is undoubtedly a great player that makes any offense better, you have to have more than just that one option.  Just as the Bears may have over used Forte in 2011, they underutilized him just as much in 2012.

It is not very often that you see a player have a drop off in production the way Forte did during the 2012 season.  You have to believe that this may be one of the reasons why former offensive coordinator Mike Tice was not retained by the new coaching staff.  Tice seemed to want to use newly acquired bruising running back Michael Bush rather than Forte.  Both Bush and Forte bring a great asset to the running game.  Utilizing these two backs’ talents together could give the Bears an amazing thunder and lightning type of running game.

New Bears head coach Marc Trestman has to find a way to get the ball into Forte’s hands more often.  Trestman is known as an offensive and quarterback guru, but has to know the special talent he has in Forte.  The Bears offense has its best chance at success with Forte having to be accounted for every play.  Forte being on the field makes every skill player on the field for the Bears better.


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