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06:57 AM ET 07.11 | Thanks in large part to Marc Trestman, Charlie Garner once caught 91 balls out of the backfield. Running backs have traditionally done very, very nicely in Trestman offenses, particularly as receivers, which gets them away from the mauling they take on interior runs. Garner's 91 catches came in an offense that included Jerry Rice (92 receptions), Tim Brown (81) and Jerry Porter (51), and which got the Raiders to a Super Bowl. [Matt Forte] can read defenses. And he can read history. "I would expect [to be used more]," Forte said. "Coach Trestman, I think he said he watched a lot of film on me and has seen me run different routes. So we'll get back to catching the ball out of the backfield like we did the prior years."

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July 11, 2013  07:20 AM ET

Used more ? They already run the brakes off him, no ?

July 11, 2013  07:30 AM ET

Is Cutler quick enough to run a west coast offense. Remains to be seen.

July 11, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Chicago will be expecting more out of Forte too, it seems. Forte can handle it... he should do well.

July 11, 2013  09:03 AM ET

It doesn't sound like the Bears offense will be handing the ball off much to their RB's.

July 11, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Charlie Garner had Rich Gannon throwing to him, yes? Cutler is no Gannon.

July 11, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Note: Jerry Rice and Tim brown could stretch the field, make you respect the deep ball.

If ya don't have that the offense of which they refer is nickle and dime and nickle and hope.

July 11, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Note: Jerry Rice and Tim brown could stretch the field, make you respect the deep ball.

If ya don't have that the offense of which they refer is nickle and dime and nickle and hope.

Fortunately for the Bears, they have Brandon Marshall.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they don't have an offensive line... Unless Mel knows something that we aren't hearing about.

July 11, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Fortunately for the Bears, they have Brandon Marshall. Unfortunately for the Bears, they don't have an offensive line... Unless Mel knows something that we aren't hearing about.

Chicago acquired Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slausen in free agency, and picked up Kyle Long and Jordan Mills in the draft. I won't get my hopes up about the rookies making a big splash on the O-line, but Trestman and Phil Emery are certainly making the effort, which is something Lovie/Martz/Tice didn't show much interest in doing.

Oh yeah... they also got rid of Gabe Carimi. He showed just enough interest in keeping his job in Chicago to get himself shipped to Tampa. Good riddance, Gabe.

July 11, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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Oh yeah... they also got rid of Gabe Carimi. He showed just enough interest in keeping his job in Chicago to get himself shipped to Tampa. Good riddance, Gabe.

Hell - that's addition by subtraction right there.

July 11, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Chicago acquired Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slausen in free agency, and picked up Kyle Long and Jordan Mills in the draft. I won't get my hopes up about the rookies making a big splash on the O-line, but Trestman and Phil Emery are certainly making the effort, which is something Lovie/Martz/Tice didn't show much interest in doing.Oh yeah... they also got rid of Gabe Carimi. He showed just enough interest in keeping his job in Chicago to get himself shipped to Tampa. Good riddance, Gabe.

Will be interesting. Cutler has one of the great arms in the NFL, just seems a little counter productive to short game him.

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July 11, 2013  11:24 AM ET

50, if you establish a short game the long game gains productivity. That is Trestman's challenge, using what they've got to open some things up. He seems to be on the right line of thought. Execution is everything.

July 11, 2013  11:25 AM ET

I think Forte is going to have a big year. As a rookie he caught 63 passes and I'm looking for similar production while rushing for 1200.

July 11, 2013  11:32 AM ET

Stat wise Forte is in position to have a monster year if he stays healthy. I'm not sure that will really translate into more wins. GB is the class of the division. Chicago will be duking it out for a wildcard spot again. I think they will need 11 wins to secure a playoff spot.

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July 11, 2013  02:04 PM ET

Anything will be an improvement over Mike Tice's impotent offensive gameplans

July 11, 2013  02:32 PM ET

I love getting Trestman. Smart move by a hated rival. I still think their defense is in trouble, even with a legitimate all-pro in Peanut Tillman. Him and Briggs can't cover everything.

July 11, 2013  02:43 PM ET
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Anything will be an improvement over Mike Tice's impotent offensive gameplans

This. And how.

July 11, 2013  04:31 PM ET
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Used more ? They already run the brakes off him, no ?

No.

The only year he went over 300 carries was in his rookie year (316). That was also his career high in receptions too (63). But I think as the years have gone on they have done a better job managing his carries.

2011 was probably the exception but he was performing so well it only made sense to give him all the work he could take.

He's always been a very good receiver so hopefully he'll see a lot more catches with Trestman's system.

 
July 12, 2013  12:08 AM ET

They might want to address the turf issue as well. Just saying.

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