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Martz on Bears runners: "We have two starters"
Posted Mar. 10 at 12:01 AM
Chicago's signing of Chester Taylor last week looked like a blow to Matt Forte's value. That hit appears even more certain after new offensive coordinator Mike Martz spoke with the team's website.
"We have two starters," Martz says, in the story posted at chicagobears.com. "As you look around the National Football League, the teams that are running the ball well, they all have two starters. It’s not a 1-2 punch as much as either one of those guys can carry the load. That’s just how they approach it. They will share duties.”
Forte was a disappointment in his sophomore season, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry (after being up at 3.9 yards as a rookie) and totaling just 4 TDs (12 in his rookie season). Still, he managed 1400 total yards after getting the vast majority of the snaps at running back. With Taylor now in the mix, that won't be the case.
Martz also pointed out that although Taylor is 30 years old, he "is in terrific shape" -- doesn't have as many carries as other veteran backs his age. If Martz can be believed, the possibility of Taylor getting up to half the offensive touches in Chicago is strong, suggesting that Forte will be overvalued in most fantasy drafts, while Taylor is underrated.
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