One of GM Phil Emery’s main reasons for firing Lovie Smith was for usage, or lack thereof, of running back Matt Forte. Last seaso,n Forte had 44 receptions and a career-low of 340 receiving yards. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler used his favorite target Brandon Marshall excessively, and he had 118 receptions and 1508 receiving yards.
Forte is a great athlete who can do it all. He’s fast, strong, and has strong hands that are able to catch and move the ball. He should be the one sharing the big plays, not on the line making sure Cutler doesn’t get sacked once again.
This season, he’ll be able to return to and even out-do his 2008 season. Under Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer’s new offense, he’ll be carrying that pig skin a lot more often. Trestman’s offense often allows running backs to be left open down the field, which is perfect for Forte. He’ll also make sure that the ball is spread around, keeping the defense guessing and offense alive.
Under the new offense, Forte will be able to get over 1000 rushing and receiving yards easy this season — each.
Trestman will definitely not make the mistake of under-utilizing Forte this season, as running backs can expect to average around 65 receptions with him running the show. I’m also sure that the coaching staff knows how to recognize potential and use it to its full advantage.
Forte will be used to open a lot of doors for the Bears’ offense. This is one player that will greatly benefit from the new coaching staff and the revamped coaching and offensive style of the Bears.