With just over a week until the start of the NFL regular season, the Chicago Bears offense remains one of the league’s biggest unknowns.
We know that they were bad last year. Really bad. What we don’t know for sure is how much of that was because of the players and how much was because of one of the league’s worst coaching staffs.
On top of the questions about just what the offense is capable of, it seems there may be a question about who will actually end up starting at one of its most important positions.
David Montgomery has been impressive for the Bears over his first 3 seasons despite the team’s struggles. He has posted 2808 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground and added 924 yards and 3 TDs through the air so far in his career. However, that may not be enough for him to hold of Khalil Herbert.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the Bears are “skeptical” about Montgomery’s fit in the team’s new offensive scheme and he expects Herbert to become a much bigger part of the offense this season.
Chicago Bears “skeptical” about David Montgomery’s fit in offensive scheme
The new staff seems to like David Montgomery just fine, but there is some skepticism about whether his style fits the new offense as well as Herbert’s does. I believe Montgomery opens the season as the starter and gets the chance to show he deserves to hold the job. But he’s in the final year of his contract, and the team made no move this offseason to extend him. Don’t be surprised if Herbert is a factor and maybe even overtakes Montgomery during the season.
Things could get interesting in the Bears backfield this season as Montgomery fights to convince teams around the league to give him a big second contract after the season is over.
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