Jun 11, 2013; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) during minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears' Running Back Matt Forte Needs To Raise Game To Next Level

If the Chicago Bears are going to find success in the 2013 NFL season, running back Matt Forte is going to need to play an important part in the team’s offense.

Throughout the off-season, the focus has been on the Bears’ offense. Specifically, the focus has been on starting quarterback Jay Cutler and what the passing offense will be able to do under new head coach Marc Trestman.

There has been little talk about running back Matt Forte.

That is a fortunate thing for Forte as the running back has struggled in each of his past two seasons.

On the surface, Forte was average last season for the Bears. In 248 attempts, Forte rushed for 1,094 yards to go along with five touchdowns.

Forte’s total of 1,094 yards was the 12th best of any running back in the NFL last season. Forte’s yards per attempt of 4.6 was 16th best of any running back and his five touchdowns were among the lowest totals of any running back last season.

Forte’s production has certainly fallen off from his first two seasons in the league and perhaps a new offensive strategy will do wonders for the Bears’ running back.

The running game is a crucial part to any NFL offense. Especially with the west-coast system that the Bears’ offense is expected to run under Trestman.

The west-coast offense that Trestman runs places an emphasis on play-action passes and a moving pocket.

The running back can impact the effectiveness of those plays.

If Forte can prove to be a dynamic threat every time he touches the ball, that figures to open the Bears’ passing game up in terms of moving pockets and play action passes.

Another area where Forte needs to improve is in the red-zone. Forte has notoriously struggled in the red zone. For that reason, it is no surprise that the Bears’ offense has struggled in the red zone as well.

If Forte can improve his red zone efficiency, then that will spell success for the Bears’ offense this season.


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