Is Matt Forte A Top NFL All Around RB?...........

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  1. soulman

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    Matt Forte is one of the best all around backs in the NFL

    By Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.@wiltfongjr on Jul 16 2014, 2:00p 109
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    Chicago Bears do-it-all tailback Matt Forte has been to two Pro Bowls, he's been top 10 yards in from scrimmage on four separate occasions, top three in touches three different years and in 2013 he set career highs across the board. Do you consider him one of the best backs in the NFL?

    Matt Forte's not a big bruiser, he's not a shifty scat back and he's not a speed demon. What he is is a very good football player that is in a perfect system for him right now. He had a down year in the pass blocking department, but that hasn't been a problem throughout his career. I expect him to bounce back with his blocking, rush for over a thousand yards and catch 60-70 balls again.

    For some reason many people are split on Matt Forte. Some consider him vastly underrated on a national scale and wonder why he isn't getting the same kind of respect as the other top running backs in the game today.

    Others feel he's overrated and point to his inability to break tackles or get the tough yards as a knock on his play. I think some of that is overblown, because Forte has played with some poor offensive lines most of his career. It's kind of hard to get a yard when he's being hit in the backfield. He's an upright, taller (6'2"), one cut runner that is better when all 11 defenders aren't waiting in the box for him.

    I also think some of his detractors soured on him during the #PayTheMan crusade. Forte was looking to get paid, and that's his right. You can't begrudge a player for wanting to maximize his payday with such a short earning window.

    Matt Forte was third in yards from scrimmage in 2013 and third is exactly where Bucky Brooks of NFL.com ranked Forte on his best all around backs list. Here's what Brooks had to say.


    It's hard to imagine a multi-time Pro Bowler being underappreciated on the national scene, but I firmly believe the football world has slept on Forte's talents as a dynamic multipurpose threat. The seventh-year pro has posted four 1,000-yard seasons and snagged at least 50 passes five times in his career. While those numbers are certainly impressive, it is the smooth, fluid nature of Forte's versatile game that stands out to me. He is one of the few running backs in the NFL capable of grinding between the tackles while also possessing the receiving skills to run precise routes as a quasi-receiver on the perimeter. Given Bears coach Marc Trestman's reputation for maximizing the talents of his running back, it's possible that Forte will make a run at the top spot on this list in 2014.


    The bell-cow running back may not be as prevalent as years past, but if you have a player that can handle a bunch of touches and be productive, teams will build a big portion of their offense around you. Matt Forte has proven to be that guy.

    Where would you rank Matt Forte among the best do it all backs in the game today?
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    #3-6 is where he is, he's elite all the same, and until he slows down/gets hurt, I think he'll be fine.

    the idea that he's "high mileage" is somewhat of a misnomer also, he's not near as "high mileage" as other #1 backs, although he did get a lot more rushes last year then he has since his rookie year.

    his only real issue is that he gets shoe string tackled to often, it's almost as if the def is better off diving at his ankles then takling at his shoulder to knees.
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    Being as prejudiced in his favor as I am not only would I say he's a top all around back but I'd go so far as to say that he is THE top all around back in the NFL. It's a shame that he doesn't get as much recognition for that as he deserves but in a way it's made him a better player because of the chip on his shoulder he plays with. He's out to gain acceptance as an "elite" running back and he's not gonna quit until he gets it.

    I agree with everything the author has to say about him and his running style. He's tall and he runs tall but he's not without some power. It's just not the put your head down and bull for two or three yards kind of power. He isn't nifty or quick in tight spaces which is why he gets caught at or behind the line at times but he has deceptively fast playing speed once he can break into the open and use his longer stride.

    What impressed me last year is that he actually turned a bit of a weakness running between the tackles around and made some nice runs straight up the gut. I think some of that had to do with a better blocking scheme which opened some holes for him. Forte is a one cut or cut back style back so he's more dependent on a zone blocking scheme to create running lanes he can choose from. Once a lane opens he has the acceleration to get through it quickly and he's not a guy who can be arm tackled in the second level. If you don't square up on him and wrap him up he's not going down.

    The guy is flat out dangerous in space and I believe DCs know this and do whatever they can to see that he doesn't get it even if it means bringing a Safety into the box which they used to do often. But now that we have a passing game with a WR like Marshall and a TE like Bennett who can challenge the middle of the field that's no longer very easy to do. As a result Forte has his best year both rushing and in total offense last year and should do equally as well this year.

    The guy can score and he runs well for his taller stature. He won't go 80 yards without being caught from behind but from 50 yards in he's as good as they come in the open field. He's also one of the few RBs I've watched who can plant and cut at full speed like Gale Sayers was able to do so that gives him that same very fluid flowing kind of running style that makes him tough to bring down in the open field. It also makes him a very dangerous pass catcher out of the backfield where they can get him isolated on a DB or a LB.

    The other two things that are often overlooked is that he's one of the best pass blocking backs we've ever had. Maybe not quite on the level of Walter but not far behind him either. The other has been his toughness. He's played hurt any number of times and while it limits him he still plays and he's still productive. He played his entire sophomore season hurt and still managed to ring up nearly 1000 yards and was second on the team in pass receptions. That was the last season he finished with less than a 4 ypc avg. and despite averaging less than 4 ypc his first two seasons his career average stands at 4.3 ypc or just .1 less than Walter himself. So not only is he workhorse back but he's an effective one too.

    So prejudice or no prejudice there is no other RB I would rather see in this Bears offense than matt Forte. Not even AP, Marshawn Lynch, or Arian Foster. I think Matt is the perfect fit as one of the all time great Bears RBs.

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