Chicago Bears: 3 Observations from loss to Eagles in Week 9

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David Montgomery will be a big part of the offense for years

When the Chicago Bears coaching staff and front office saw David Montgomery‘s play on film they liked him. When they saw him in person he impressed them even more. The staff felt they had themselves a running back who could be impressing people for a long time.

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The season hasn’t started out well for him, however. The Bears offense is struggling to get anything going. Montgomery has 406 yards for the season on 112 carries, giving him an average of 3.6 yards per rush.

Montgomery has the responsibility of the entire rushing attack on his shoulders. The rest of the team has 238 yards combined. The second-leading rusher on the team is wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson with 78 yards. Also, Montgomery has all five of the Bears’ rushing touchdowns and had two of them against the Eagles.

While the numbers aren’t what Montgomery or the Bears envisioned, he’s still playing well in my opinion. He has earned all 406 of his yards. The open holes are few and far between. When he runs the ball he is usually met with a huge wall of humanity. His escapability skills are on full display. It takes a host of defenders to take him down and when he is able to run in space he can use his moves to get past them.

When the Chicago Bears fix their offensive line issues and their quarterback troubles Montgomery will be a true weapon. For the season he has 133 receiving yards and has a 75 percent catch percentage. The Bears might be struggling now but they have a good back who will be a great weapon.