Chicago Bears offensive coordinator and former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice told the Chicago Sun-Times that he wants running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush to each rush for 1,000 yards this season. Tice also relayed that message to Bush when the latter was visiting Chicago as a free agent. The Bears offense finished 24th in the NFL last season with 5,026 total offensive yards.
The Bears will certainly need to strike a balance between their stronger backfield and improved receiving corps. With the addition of Brandon Marshall , expectations are higher in Chicago and rightfully so. Tice replaces Mike Martz, an offensive coordinator obviously known for his downfield passing attack. Forte is currently a late first-round pick while Bush is one of the many backup backs coming off the board around the eighth round. If you haven't secured a backup back or two by the ninth round, the pickings get slim very quickly.