Which non-Cutler player is the Bears' most important?

Which non-Cutler player is the Bears' most important?
June 20, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Who's the most important player on the Bears?

Jay Cutler would figure to be the consensus pick. That was (unfortunately) proven last season when his injuries cost the Bears a few wins. While Josh McCown was more-than-serviceable in a sensational year as backup, it's pretty clear that if Cutler goes down again this season, a low can fall apart in a hurry.

But what about after the franchise quarterback? Which other player is most important to the Bears' offense?

Matt Forte would seem a pretty logical selection, given his ability to impact the rushing and passing game as one of the NFL's best running backs. But there's also the wide receiver tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, a receiving duo that might be the league's best. What about that revamped offensive line that played so well a season ago?

Thanks to Marc Trestman's transformation of the Bears' offense, there are many potential selections.

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But, in the end, the SportsTalk Live panel were in agreement on Friday: It's gotta be Matt Forte.

"Forte does so much," said Yahoo Sports Radio's Peter Brown. "He catches balls out of the backfield. He is their offense when they need it. He is unstoppable in the middle of the field when he gets out there. He's invaluable. He's amazing."

"If you lose Marshall, you have Jeffery. If you lose Jeffery, you have Marshall. There's still someone who can catch the ball," the Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus said. "Forte — there are very few running backs left in the NFL that are important. They're so interchangeable. But Forte's still one of those guys, like a LeSean McCoy, one of those type of players that really changes the whole dynamic of the offense."

Check out the whole discussion in the video above.