Running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for 107 yards on 17 carries vs. San Diego in addition to Bush and fullback Tony Fiammetta being targeted on two passes.
Meaning: Overshadowed by the Jay Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall plays was the fact that footballs went to backs on 19 of 30 first-half snaps against the Chargers. At Carolina, backs accounted for 22 touches on 60 offensive plays.
Backs in Marc Trestman offenses prosper, with No. 1 backs in 10 years of Trestman schemes averaging 65.4 catches per year.
With Armando Allen sidelined with a hamstring injury, Michael Ford has a chance to solidify his hold on the No. 3 spot. He has been disappointing as a ballcarrier (21 carries, 43 yards) but he has caught all five passes directed to him through two games
The Bears intended to come out running at Carolina but the Panthers forced play changes to passes. They imposed their will on the Chargers. Forte and Bush represent one of the top 1-2 backfields in the NFC and getting them in phase with a made-over offensive line is a goal of preseason.
“We’re preparing just like this is the regular season,” Forte said, “so it’s a dress rehearsal this season to come.”