The bottom line is the Bears essentially are running in place. They enter Sunday’s game averaging a dismal 2.8 yards per carry, second to last in the league behind the Chargers.
RB Matt Forte is 29th in the league in rushing with 150 yards on 59 carries through three games. He is the only back among the top 30 averaging less than 3.0 yards per carry with a 2.6 average. And this is the same player who compiled 304 yards over his first three games as a rookie last season.
So what has changed? Not Forte. He still runs hard, still hits defenders with the occasional ankle-breaking cutback. And injury is not an issue, although some wonder if the hamstring injury Forte suffered during the off-season lingers.
“No, my hamstring does not hurt at all,” he said.
What has changed is the offensive line, with three new starters and two players — right tackle Chris Williams and left guard Frank Omiyale — playing positions they were not initially projected to play. As natural left tackles, both gained more notice for their pass protection than run blocking.