Matt Forte claimed he had no idea what Brian Urlacher said to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports over the weekend when the linebacker was critical of the Bears' running game, and said the Bears have lost their identity on offense.
"We've got to do a lot of things,'' Forte said. "We've got to make people miss, we've got to block people, we've got to do a lot of things. It's not one particular thing that is hampering the offense. We're hurting ourselves most of the time.
"Urlacher has his own opinion. If I couldn't make anybody miss, I probably wouldn't be playing pro football.''
Forte. who set a franchise rookie record with 1,238 yards rushing last season, has only 543 yards and three rushing touchdowns through 11 games.
"It's frustrating,'' he said. "But you can't harp on being frustrated because it carries over into other games. Then, you'll be focused on being frustrated instead of being out there and trying to do things right on the field.
"When you don't get rushing opportunities as a running back, you have to try to impact somewhere else.''
Urlacher criticized the Bears running in the fourth quarter of their 36-10 loss at Minnesota, and then said more to Silver.
"Now we're gonna run that [expletive]!" Urlacher told Silver. Earlier, discussing a screen pass to Forte that was stuffed, Urlacher had said, "You know why that doesn't work? We don't make anyone [expletive] miss. I guess I just don't realize what great tacklers these [opposing defenders] are. They're amazing."
The Rams are 28th in the league in rushing defense, allowing 148.5 yards per game. Maybe Forte makes some defenders miss on Sunday.