Running back Matt Forte made a highlight-reel play against the New York Giants on Monday night when he took screen pass and cut across the width of the field for a 42-yard gain to the Giants 7-yard line.
But he didn't get much on the ground, gaining seven yards on four carries as the Bears were held to 81 yards on 26 carries overall (3.1 yards per carry), including 23 yards on eight carries in the first half.
''It'll come. We started slowly last year, too,'' Forte said. ''We've got a lot of work to do up front and a lot of stuff to figure out. We're getting better as at team right now.''
If the screen pass play is any indication, Forte will be able to produce in the run game as soon as the offense gives him some room to run. The blocking of his teammates, he told me, made the play work more than anything he did.
''It was just a reaction,'' he said of the cutback across the middle of the field that turned a short gain into a whopper. ''Screen plays are designed to go certain places, but there's no telling where it can go. We had a lot of good blocks by the receivers and o-linemen. That's what made the play go.