The Chicago Bears will have a different look to their backfield this season with Matt Forte joining the New York Jets in free agency. Replacing Forte, the eight-year veteran, will be a tough task for the Bears. Even running backs coach Stan Drayton told the Chicago Tribune:
“Maybe not one can do all that Matt brought to the table, but they all bring a strength that can probably add up to what he brought. To say you’re going to replace Matt Forte — it’s going to take years, right?”
The running back committee in Chicago consist of Jeremy Langford, Jordan Howard, Ka’Deem Carey, and Jaquizz Rodgers.
Langford showed potential last year as a rookie, but still needs to be more consistent after averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. Third-year player Carey was only used as a power back last season. Howard was drafted in the fifth-round in this year’s draft and will also bring a power option to the backfield.
John Fox has always liked to use a running back by committee during his head coaching career. Fox responded to the Bears running back situation and said,”Who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are. Then situationally, it can be…whoever has a hot hand.”