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Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers week 2 match up

This is one of the nastiest rivalries in the sport, perhaps any sport, and can yield some truly ugly match-ups. On paper, with key injuries on both sides, notably Charles Tillman and Brian Urlacher (who will probably start) for the Chicago Bears, and Greg Jennings severely limited, if playing at all, with a groin injury.

Aaron Rodgers is a sure start, just like he always is. He is simply the most reliable player in fantasy football right now. Win or lose, he will get his. As far as the receivers are concerned, I would look for a big day from Jordy Nelson, and especially Jermichael Findley. The last two meetings between the clubs, he put up four TD’s, and the Bears really do not have a counter for him yet.

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears Recap

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears:

The Bears offense started a similar way to what Chicago fans have been used to for the past few years, poorly on Offense and stead-fast on Defense.  The first couple of series for the Bears saw a sack on the first play, and the Chicago Bears second possession ended with a pick 6 from the Chicago 4 yard line for Jerrell Freeman.  Chicago rebounded after the early mistakes, Matt Forte broke two long runs (31, 15) setting up a Michael Bush 1 yard score. 

Perhaps a little to Bearish on a good thing…

Working the Wire Opinion:

The Chicago Bears signed former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush on Thursday to a four year deal, but they have yet to give pro-bowl running back Matt Forte a long term contract.  Forte saw this as yet another sign of disrespect, going as far as to tweet:

There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last….

Matt Forte would later back down slightly from his comments by tweeting:

for the record I’m not mad at the signing of another running back. This is 4th time that’s happened. I embrace competition as well as help

Now I am not the General Manager or Director of Player Personnel or anywhere near the Owner of a NFL franchise, but…  I understand the importance of appealing to your fan base, which Forte does.  I understand the importance of having a player in a key position that is willing to do what is necessary to make the play successful, which Forte is.  Those two points alone should be enough to sell you on the idea that Matt Forte deserves a long term contract, 4 years worth $42 million with 23 mil guaranteed seems more than reasonable for a  player who contributed a larger percentage of positive yardage while on the field than any other player in the NFL last year.

At the same time I understand the importance of manipulating the salary cap and acquiring the best possible talent at a fair market price.  My problem hear is the Bears, who I must admit are my “home town team”, are failing to realize the full value of Forte as a commodity.  I’m taking a short break to state that I do not believe people can be categorized as commodities in any what, but the word is appropriate to establishing value based on ones performance.  To that point, Matt Forte’s production has been on par with the top performers in the NFL, the fact that he is producing the amount of yardage he has, while playing in an antiquated offensive system, behind a sub-par offensive line is more valuable than the idea of a second round draft pick that has good hands coming in and replacing him.

The Chicago Bears ownership and football operations guys seem to always miss the one obvious solution they need to become the NFC leading title contender.  In the past they were reluctant to bring in a stud Quarterback, finally they did so with Jay Cutler.  They have refused to give Cutler the kind of receiving threat that a legitimate QB needs to be successful, they finally did that with Brandon Marshall, and now all they need to do is lock in a legit pro bowl caliber running back to keep the offense balanced, the Bears have their guy, sitting on the Franchise Tag, but again seem unwilling to pull the trigger to solidify would may be considered the best offense in the NFC.  Chicago Bears I love you, and I always will, however, its time to recognize what you have and what you need.  Do not let Forte get away, there is not enough value in the draft to trade him and keeping the tag on him this year can only lead to a hold-out, which will cause you to lose him next year.

I understand the mind-state that running backs are a replaceable commodity, the injury concerns at the position are huge, granted.  Here is the thing though; average running backs can be easily replaced the league is crammed with average backs.  Matt Forte, not an average back.  Forte is one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, one of the best outside the tackle runners in the NFL, and showed when the O-line could open a hole that he has the patience and vision to be a prototypical downhill runner between the tackles.  The man has done it all in Chicago and has handled his contract issues professionally (for the most part), its time Da Bears need to bite Da Bullet, lock up Forte, he’s a Chicago style superstar in the same mold as Derrick Rose of the Bulls, Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs, Frank Thomas of the White Sox or Chris Chelios of the Blackhawks.  He is one of us, he needs to stay.