Forte's Role Expands

A new coaching staff means a bigger role for Matt Forte in the Bears offense.
LAKE FOREST-For all the attention that’s been paid to how Marc Trestman handles quarterback Jay Cutler, it’s been running back Matt Forte that’s seen the biggest change in his role and made the biggest impact on the field.

“I’ve constantly been confident in our offense and I know that if we can focus on each play when we go out there and execute and score a lot of points out there," says Forte.

No one in Chicago ever doubted how talented Forte was, it was just about getting him the rock. After just two games, Forte has 15 receptions, a number he didn’t reach until week 6 in 2012.

“His involvement in those catches last week, he was not the primary on any of them," says Bears coach Marc Trestman. "It was just Jay working through his progressions and getting the ball into Matt.”

“You know it’s going to be a surefire catch if he throws it to him," says Bears tackle Jordan Mills. "And he’s going to get YAC – yards after the catch – so to add that little asset is great.”

Despite the fact that Forte is touching the ball almost twice as much per game as he was in 2012, don’t expect him to break down or shy away from his roles in the offense.

“You want to run the ball and be involved in the passing game, you gotta be in shape," says Forte. "I don’t really see myself getting worn down, it’s just, you gotta take care of your body during the week, so I can do that.”
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