Tough break for Bears fans when running back Cedric Benson didn’t work out and they had to cut him, but the truth is, we all saw it coming. His lackluster play coupled with his off-the-field antics and run-ins with the law was a recipe for don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-ass. Thank heavens for the arrival of rookie back Forte, the Tulane star taken in the second round of this year’s draft, and a big reason why the Bears even have five wins at this point. He seems to have all of the necessary parts to be a successful halfback in the NFL in 2008—he can run (duh), he can catch (what? Bears using the screen pass?) and he can block, which helps keep Orton, or Grossman, or whoever, from getting murdered. We suspect Lovie’s using him too much—he’s on the path to 400 touches this season—and he’s gonna wear down prematurely, but we’ll let the professionals worry about that.
Best of Chicago 2008