When the Bears officially hired Mike Martz on Tuesday, I thought of a player who could thrive in his system: Minnesota Vikings running back Chester Taylor.
Now mentioning Taylor isn't intended to be a knock on Bears starter Matt Forte. After a strong rookie season, Forte's numbers dipped due to a number of factors, including health. But the reality is, teams need two talented running backs, and Taylor is a veteran who has proven he can co-exist with someone else.
He's also an unrestricted free agent, whether there's a cap or not because he just wrapped up his eighth NFL season.
Taylor was primarily the Vikings' third-down back because he's an excellent blocker, he's got excellent hands, and he's effective at running draws. He's a savvy veteran who can sell things and almost always beats linebackers in one-on-one situations.
While he's 30, Taylor doesn't have a whole lot of mileage, playing behind Jamal Lewis in Baltimore then stepping aside when Adrian Peterson emerged in 2007. Keep in mind that Taylor, in his only season as full-time starter, gained 1,216 rushing yards and scored six rushing touchdowns for the Vikings in 2006.
Taylor remained an effective player, and he endeared himself to his teammates and coaches for not sulking about giving way to Peterson, whom the team selected seventh overall, although they hadn't necessarily intended to take a running back.