Chicago Bears starting runningback Matt Forte
is happy to have a one-two punch. He isn't worried so much about losing his job, but rather, he feels great, happy to have such an effective, proven man to come in and spell him any time, anywhere. Matt Forte welcomes the arrival of Chester Taylor
from Minnesota to Chicago. Chester certainly could have greatly helped the Bears in 2009.
Matt says this of his partner: "He's a good guy and easy to get along with, and he's a good runningback. So when he comes in, there's no really drop-off in talent."
In week three last year, against the Seattle Seahawks, Matt suffered a knee ligament sprain, just after getting over an off-season hamstring pull that slowed him in preseason. Forte kept fairly quiet, concentrating on what he can do to help the team. If called upon, he did what he could, all the while trying to improve his health and strength. Some call it a disappointment, his rushing for only 929 yards, and averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
Taylor saw that Chicago was a prime spot for him to advance his career with. He knew he would play an integral part in the teams' success, and personal achievements. Taylor states "They use the running back a lot more in the passing game. I really like catching the ball out of the backfield. That's one of my specialties."
No disappointment here, with Forte and Taylor healthy and ready to play smash-mouth football. If given the same number of carries, Forte will get back to 3.9 to 4.5 yards per carry, but more ferocious, will be the total yards from scrimmage that these two studs will command. Forget the Martz system for just a moment. These two runners are open to sharing carries. There is no 'power-struggle'. Matt Forte and Chester Taylor will bring fear to other teams, and the Chicago fans will brag endlessly, especially with his great pass-catching ability out of the backfield. Chester has averaged 4.3 yards per carry throughout his eight year career. Add to that the fact that he has compiled at least 29 catches out of the backfield each of the last six years, and that's being used sporadically.
Reading between the lines, I see two starters in Chicago. Each stud has slightly different capabilities, power that they add to the game. They can change places easily and effectively, thereby creating chaos to defenders, who will need to rush in specific players for the change of pace runner coming at them full-bore. Then new offensive coordinator Mike Martz will have surprise athleticism showboated by their receivers. If Chicago's defensive and offensive line makes significant improvement over 2009, this team could challenge the majority of their opponents.