Running backs typically have a short shelf life in the NFL, though, don’t tell that to Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte.
While speaking with the Chicago Tribune this weekend, Forte admitted that he wants to break the old running back stereotype.
“I want to break the stereotype of old running backs going downhill,” he said. “This offseason I feel better than I have the past five or six offseasons. I got my rest and I know how to take care of my body now.-Matt Forte, Chicago Tribune
Forte will be 28 years old when the regular season starts in September and the running back believes he can top his Pro Bowl season from a year ago.
“Best year?” Forte said. “Not really. I feel like it was a decent, above-average year knowing what this offense can do and the talent we have and it being new. This being our second year, we can definitely surpass what we did.”-Forte, Chicago Tribune
Forte, without question, is the most important player on the Bears’ offense. As Forte continues to be a threat as running back as well as a receiver out of the backfield, that will make life easier for Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler.
Forte, however, may not have to carry the entire rushing load for the Bears.
The Bears have struggled with backup running backs in recent seasons. Michael Bush never was an offensive threat last season and that put the entire rushing load on Forte last season.
In place of Bush, the Bears selected Arizona running back Ka’Deen Carey in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Carey is expected to be groomed as the eventual replacement to Forte. Until then, Carey will be used from time to time to spell Forte.
With less of a work load, Forte likely will still be able to maintain a high level of production especially when you consider the fact that he is entering his second year in the Marc Trestman offense.