After the 2014 NFL All-Pro teams were announced on Friday, I had a bit of a bone to pick with the voting. One player, in particular, was left off of the second team in favor of Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy. While Lacy had a great rookie season, Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears had a much better year as a whole.
Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 35 passes for 257 yards. Forte, on the other hand, ran for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns while catching more than twice as many passes — 74 — for 594 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Forte also finished with a 4.6 yards-per-carry average, compared to Lacy’s 4.1.
Now, you tell me who is a better player. Tell me who is more valuable to their team. Forte rushed for almost 200 more yards, caught over twice as many passes, had nearly twice as many receiving yards, finished with a significantly higher average per carry and totaled one more touchdown overall.
That sounds pretty clear cut to me.
Forte meant much more to the Bears’ offense in a system like the one Marc Trestman installed. Next to LeSean McCoy, Forte could very well be the best all-around back in terms of both rushing and receiving. Jamaal Charles is high on that list as well, maybe even higher than Forte. In case you’re wondering, both McCoy and Charles joined Lacy and Adrian Peterson on the team; McCoy and Charles earning first-team honors.
For Lacy to get this bid is simply astonishing and, quite frankly, insulting to the work both Forte and Trestman put in this past season. The All-Pro team typically looks correct, but this year it turned a bit toward the laughable voting of the Pro Bowl.