The Chicago Bears ground game will be vital to their success on offense this season. An effective rushing attack will not only take pressure off second-year signal-caller Justin Fields but also open up passing lanes and keep defenses honest through play action.
Monsoon-like conditions made it difficult to find much room on the ground in their season opener victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Still, offensive coordinator Luke Getsy stuck with the running game. It was a positive sign that this team understands the value of a consistent rushing attack, unlike the Matt Nagy regime.
While their lack of success on the ground was not shocking considering the circumstances, it was somewhat surprising to see how much more explosive Khalil Herbert looked with the ball in his hands than David Montgomery. The former finished with 45 yards on only nine carries, while the latter only mustered 26 yards from his 17 attempts. The disparity becomes especially significant when you consider the fact that Montgomery is entering a contract year. The Bears might want to see what they have in the 2021 sixth-round selection rather than committing to Montgomery long-term. And it could start in Week 2’s Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers.