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Bears RB Matt Forte envisions more carries, fewer receptions

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:58pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Coach John Fox has made it clear he wants the Bears’ offense to become a more run-centric attack and will guide new offensive coordinator Adam Gase accordingly. So that means Matt Forte should see a spike in his 16.3-carries per game average from last season. Forte also takes only so much pride in the 102 catches he had last season, a single-season NFL record for a running back, but also a milestone he understands he achieved because of how constipated the Bears offense was.

“Catching 100 balls,” Forte said, “is not my goal as a running back.”

Which is why Forte is happily taking Fox at his word that the Bears will dedicate themselves to the run as a way of adding balance to the offense and lessening the pressure on quarterback Jay Cutler.

Said Forte: “If you’re running the ball and you can run it effectively you get to control the clock and keep other offenses off the field. Which is what we want to do. If we can control the game, control the pace of the game, and grind out tough yards and score, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Forte for 16.2 carries per game, or 260 for the season. We're not so sure that the Bears will have the luxury of running the ball as much as they'd like. We do expect Forte's receptions to drop -- we currently project him for around 56-57 catches, which is much closer to his career average of 53.4 (in offenses run by someone other than Marc Trestman). New OC Adam Gase utilized C.J. Anderson at a 60-catch pace over the final eight games of last season.

2015 Strength of Schedule - CHI
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
17
GB
1
ARI
3
@SEA
28
OAK
16
@KC
11
@DET
BYE27
MIN
13
@SD
5
@STL
7
DEN
17
@GB
15
SF
9
WAS
27
@MIN
22
@TB
11
DET

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1BUF1782004.828870910.8870/7495%
2SF1221001.75515083.0059/59100%
3NYJ1333002.54643077.1765/6698%
4GB23122005.30549069.8060/7877%
5CAR1761013.59121051128.7558/6491%
6ATL1780204.7110770137.7066/7390%
7MIA1249104.086601710.0053/53100%
8NE19114006.00654189.0056/6981%
9BYE------------
10GB1754003.18327079.0060/7086%
11MIN26117004.50658069.6775/7797%
12TB2389203.87523064.6051/5789%
13DET56001.20652098.6754/6484%
14DAL1326112.00874099.2569/69100%
15NO1678004.882210510.5054/6090%
16DET1955002.89640166.6764/64100%
17MIN1751003.008230122.8861/61100%
Totals2661038623.9010280841307.92975/105892%

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