Don’t tell Matt Forte that the focus will be on which player will sub in for him and eventually replace him altogether.
Forte defiantly stated that he still has a lot left in the tank.
“I want to break the stereotype of old running backs going downhill,” Forte said, as the 7th-year running back inches toward 29 years of age come December.
Forte had his best year statistically last year in Marc Trestman’s first season. But bodies have a tendency to break down without notice, and the Bears need a Plan B in place.
Shaun Draughn, Michael Ford, and rookie fourth-round pick Ka’Deem Carey are all battling for playing time. My hope is that Carey succeeds and makes general manager Phil Emery’s pick a success, but Carey currently sits fourth on the depth chart and will have much to learn and a lot to prove.
Much goes into deciding which running back gets playing time, including pass protection first and foremost. Trestman needs to be able to trust his running back to pick up blitzes and protect the franchise investment of Jay Cutler.
Keep an eye on pass protection in the backfield as much as, if not more than, any kind of success running the ball.