The Fall of Matt Forte: Will Chicago Bears’ Mike Martz Doom RB’s Career?

June 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Between Matt Forte and a hopeful turn-around year stands Chicago's new offensive coordinator, Mike Martz.
Or at least, that's what it would seem.
The pass-happy play-caller is well-known for installing a pass-heavy playbook and flipping the page on the running game. Eight of Martz's 10 seasons have finished with the club's rushing offense placing in the bottom of the league. Quarterbacks have seen their careers flourish with Martz by their side, while running backs have seen just the opposite.
In 2005, Martz was with the Rams and Steven Jackson. Besides his rookie year, Jackson's average carries per game were the lowest in his career. Once the run-reluctant coordinator left St. Louis, Jackson had a career season with 1,528 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns. He became the dominator we know today.
Maybe that wouldn't have happened if Martz stuck around...
Mad Martz landed in the Motor City the next year and led the Lions' 32nd ranked rushing attack. Now,...

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