Head coach John Fox has changes in mind for the Chicago Bears offense and big part of it is getting back to classic ground-and-pound football. That means heavy doses of the running game and less Jay Cutler throwing interceptions.
Well, that’s the hope anyway.
In order to pull this transformation off though Fox knows he will need a full stocked cupboard of running backs who can tote the large number of carries. Matt Forte is still the man but at age 29 and entering a contract year, the Bears know they have to think about lightening his load and spreading it through more of a committee approach. The problem is all they have on the depth chart is second-year man Ka’Deem Carey, who remains an unproven commodity.
That explains the recently discovered interest in free agent Jacquizz Rodgers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 31, 2015
Rodgers isn’t a name that will typically surface with a lot of fans due to his being a backup most of his career, but there is serious value to consider. He’s only 25-years old and hasn’t endured starter-level carries. Despite rushing behind some bad offensive lines he’s managed 3.7 yards per carry at 5’6″ and adds a receiving dimension as well with 155 career catches in four seasons.
He also has something Forte and Carey don’t, which is pure speed.
It does seem like GM Ryan Pace is putting more of a premium on speed. Jacquizz Rodgers fits the bill and would give John Fox another young body with experience to help further his aims for the Chicago Bears.
#Bears sign RB Jacquizz Rodgers to 1-year contract.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 31, 2015