Jim Miller impressed with Bears offense

Jim Miller impressed with Bears offense
August 26, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

Matt Forte caught everyone's eye with a 32-yard touchdown reception from Matt Forte on Friday against the Oakland Raiders, and CSN Chicago's Jim Miller believes the 27-year-old running back will be turning heads all season under first-year coach Marc Trestman.

Speaking on 670 The Score's McNeil and Spiegel Show, Miller said Forte, who finished with six rushes for 76 yards and two catches for 33 yards and a score in the win over the Raiders, doesn't look any different physically than he has in the past, but may receive more praise and credit with the implementation of Trestman's West Coast offense.

"I think [Forte's] always been a pretty dynamic running back," Miller said. "He's always under the radar because he just doesn't get the love around the NFL like other running backs. I think guys like Matt Forte, they're dynamic. If you look at Arian Foster, he gets a lot of receptions; you look at a guy like LeSean McCoy, he gets a lot of receptions; even a guy like Steven Jackson. And to me, Matt Forte is definitely a dual threat. I don't think he gets talked about in those types of circles, but he should. It's not his fault the Bears offense has been anemic since he's arrived there."

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Forte's touchdown reception came on a four-wide formation, with Forte going in motion to the strong side pre-snap. Forte's bubble screen allowed an easy target for Jay Cutler, who hit him in stride and, a few jukes and nice blocks later, found himself in the end zone. It was a play that the likes of Mike Martz or Mike Tice may not have run, and while it's a simple route, Miller believes Trestman's ideas may pay huge dividends for a Bears offense needing improvement.

"It's just a bubble screen," Miller said of Forte's TD reception. "But those are the types of innovative things that [...] Bears fans can get themselves acquainted to with Marc Trestman. It's simple concepts, but it can have huge results."

Miller also commented on the blocking from Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett on the play that led to a seam for Forte, noting that little plays such as that one are proving Trestman's words in the locker room are being heard.

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"It tells you that Marc Trestman's message is getting through to guys, saying, 'Hey, give it up for your teammates. For us to have explosive plays, we need you to execute down the field and shoulder the load and give the blocks that are necessary.'"