The Chicago Bears began the process of trimming down the roster this week, most notably closing the…
Forte Looks Like a Better Benson
From Gale Sayers to Walter Payton, and to a lesser degree from Neal Anderson to Thomas Jones, the Monsters of the Midway always have been and always will be a running football team. And just in case head coach Lovie Smith is reading this column right now, let's all say it together just to make him happy: "We get off the bus running the football." After a slow start on the ground in 2006, the ground attack was very effective down the stretch and helped carry the Bears all the way to Super Bowl XLI. However, that was not the case this past season, as they finished 30th in the NFL at 83.1 rushing yards per game and dead last in the league at 3.1 yards per carry. Consequently, this team fell from NFC favorites to 7-9 also-rans seemingly overnight. And while an aging and ineffective offensive line deserves its share of the blame, it's impossible to ignore the poor performance Cedric Benson delivered in his debut as the primary ball-carrier. The combination of Jones and Benson was quite...
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