This preseason Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte has carried the ball 15 times for 149 yards. That is 9.9 yards per carry in Marc Trestman’s offense. Quarterback Jay Cutler said Forte looks “scary out there.”
“What makes the zone blocking good is those linemen get push off the ball,” Forte said, via ESPN. “When they can do that, I can be patient and just sit back and read the blocking. So [while] there’s a place where the play is designed to go, you can just use your vision. If I want to, I can cut it all the way back. Or I can just pick a hole. That’s what makes it so nice.”
Cutler had an explanation for his success.
“He’s getting more and more comfortable with the running lanes and the blocking schemes,” Cutler said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I think Marc is doing a great job of getting him outside and finding nifty ways to get him touches outside the box.”
If you take out the first preseason game, Forte has carried the ball 14 times for 150 yards.
“We’ve got to expect to come out and play like that every game, and not just because we had a couple big plays and a couple nice runs we get all out of control like, ‘We’ve arrived as an offense,’” Forte said. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’re looking forward to getting better every week.”