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Bears Plan to Expand David Montgomery’s Role in New Offense

A new offensive system and an increased usage rate should put Montgomery in a position to maximize his value in 2022 and beyond.

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The Chicago Bears have needed a revamp on offense for a long while. Matt Nagy was all talk, as his scheme was disorganized and ineffective. During minicamp this week, Matt Eberflus raised fans’ excitement about new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s scheme. Per reports out of minicamp, the running backs, notably David Montgomery, will have a bigger role moving forward.

In Nagy’s offense, Montgomery was lucky to get 20 touches per game. Moving forward, Eberflus and Getsy intend to involve running backs in all facets of the offense.

David Montgomery in the Passing Game

“We’re going to stress those guys and stretch their role, meaning that, can he run the whole gamut of the passing tree? Which, you know, it looks like he can. What kind of routes is he good at? How’s the timing of that? Can he beat guys one-on-one consistently? Is it a safety or a linebacker that’s covering him? Can he do that? It’s a positive way for that guy to do that, if he can beat all those guys — DBs and linebackers — and we feel he has the skill set to do that.” Eberflus said.

“It’s different, but it’s definitely going to be great,” David Montgomery said of the new look.

Bears fans know how strong of a north-south runner Montgomery is. But based on his past usage, it is unknown how much he can impact the passing game, especially with a dual-threat quarterback in Justin Fields. Swing routes and wheel routes with Montgomery will help open up the middle of the field for Bears receivers.

Contract Extension?

Regardless of what happens this season, David Montgomery is clearly the Chicago Bears’ No. 1 option at running back. When asked about a potential contract extension, Montgomery said he had not thought about it yet.

Montgomery still feels like he needs to focus on performing this year. But Matt Eberflus sees breakout potential in his top running back.

“I think the sky’s the limit. We don’t put ceilings on guys. If you do that, that’s not a good way to go. We always leave it open. If the guy can climb all the way and go all the way up, man, go. We encourage you to do that and we’ll keep feeding you, and that’s the whole process of our whole football team,” the new Bears head coach said.

A new offensive system and an increased usage rate should put Montgomery in a position to maximize his value in 2022 and beyond. With a fresh start, the sky’s the limit, after all.

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