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Forte Seems Ready to Be the Starting Back in 08


The Bears are in a for sure flux at the running back spot now that Cedric Benson is gone, and that means rookie Matt Forte looks as if he’ll be the starter in 2008.  That does not seem to intimidate Forte, who was the MVP of the 2007 Senior Bowl with 59 yards on the ground and 38 yards receiving.  Last season he ran for 2,127 yards and 23 touchdowns, but some are still questioning if he has the breakaway speed to be a big time back in the NFL.

“I’m not going to sit here and doubt myself or my talent or anything,” said the 6-foot-2, 216-pound Forte. “I believe I can come in and play. I have the ability, (but) it’s going to take a lot of work.”  GM Jerry Angelo likes what he has seen from Forte, and had enough confidence to simply dump the bust that was Benson.  “He gives us a big back, a three-down back,” Angelo said.  “He’s got enough speed to get to the outside, and has the ability to make people miss at the second level.”

This does not mean that the team won’t at least look at players on the market come July and August.  Look for the Bears to at least take a look at the market, but if it comes down to Forte having to carry the load on opening day vs the Colts, it appears the team will be just fine with that as well.

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One Response to “Forte Seems Ready to Be the Starting Back in 08”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    The thing I like about Matt Forte – he’s in excellent shape and although he’s a big back, he still is a quick ‘n explosive runner.

    On the other hand, Benson was a “lazy” out of shape RB right out the gate, who never really was that tough, physical, strong, or fast enough to play the part of a starting back, as a lead go-to #1 guy on offense carrying the football. I mean, what did he bring to the table and what was his strengths? Only thing he was consistent at was watching the game on the sidelines after 1 major injury after another. He heldout forever and never got the respect of his teammates. He started off on the wrong foot big-time and never displayed strong work ethic or a winner-like mentality in the locker room. His character/attitude was just too nonchalant.

    Forte is a RB who is durable and will impress right away because he’s balanced and fundamentally sound. I believe he will be able to handle the load and he is a smart runner who has the vision to be an everydown back from what I’ve seen. A Franchise back along the lines of Larry Johnson? It also seems to me he’s the anti-Benson – and that’s what we want at RB. Maybe a more talented and bigger version of Thomas Jones so to say…

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