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Matt Forte Retires After Ten Seasons

| March 1st, 2018

Matt Forte formally announced his retirement Wednesday. Read the full text of that announcement HERE.



Three Thoughts on Forte:

  • Forte should be saluted for fighting through 2014 – the most embarrassing season in the history of the Chicago Bears. That year, Trestman’s last, Forte rushed for over a thousand yards and caught over a hundred passes.
  • Arguments can be made for Sayers (short spell) and Nagurski (different era) but Forte is the second best Bears running back of all-time.
  • Forte was the perfect fit for the modern game, an “air back”, and I give him a lot of credit for not hanging on an extra season in order to eclipse the 10,000-yard rushing mark. Forte isn’t going to the Hall of Fame but hitting that landmark would have most likely improved any case he intended to make.

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  • SC Dave

    Forte was a good one to be sure. Regarding his decision to hang up the cleats, as he said, he trusted his family and his faith to guide him. Who is anyone to second guess?

    As far as being a Bear, well done, Matt. In all ways.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Who?

      • leftcoastdave

        Horton, is that you?

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    “and I give him a lot of credit for not hanging on an extra season”

    Forte was always smarter than the average Bear.

  • BearDown100393

    Of recent time, there is Brian. And right beside him, Matt.

  • SC Dave

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    9796 rushing yards, he was stopped short of 10,000. Seems fitting for him, he is used to being stopped short of the goal.

    • CanadaBear

      And yet you love Braverman. Hmmm …

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Whats that got to do with Forte?

        • CanadaBear

          One is a borderline HOF’er that you always grind on and the other is a stiff that can’t make a roster and you love unconditionally. Strikes me as odd.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            One is nowhere near a borderline HOFer. The other is a stiff that can’t make a roster that I show unconditional love for as a joke, mainly to make fun of Irish’s love for no namers(TAYO).

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t think Forte will ever get in but he at least has to be considered for all those yards from scrimmage over 10 years. To me he was a lot like Roger Craig (from my hometown).

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Craig is a perfect comparison from what I remember.

            (sadly, Forte’s quarterbacks were not exactly Joe Montana.)

          • BearDown100393

            And Matt bailed out some of those mediocre (and less) QBs by making chicken salad out of chicken sh*t with those check down plays and creating 1st downs after the reception.

          • From the eye test, Roger was better. More fluid and explosive.
            Granted, he had better supporting cast.

          • CanadaBear

            By a lot!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Roger Craig, there was a beast. And not to shit on Matty, but Roger was a class above.

          • John F

            Nice fumble by Craig in the NFC championship game in 1990

          • CanadaBear

            That better supporting cast had a lot to do with that.

          • willbest

            And to Godwin this, apparently you have told a lie enough times for it to be true.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I am Jack’s look of complete bewilderment. Why can’t someone cheer on a walk-on who plays for their team. Tayo was a great kid, a great story, and the fat fuck just couldn’t stop eating. We’re all given a cross to bear …

      • SC Dave

        Dont feed trolls, Canada.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          That’s not very nice. I have never said he was not a good RB. He was good at a lot of things, just not great at any of them. The one thing he was not good at was short yardage when needed. That’s why the Bears had to constantly get “big” rbs like Barber, because that was his biggest weakness.

          Also, just because I wasn’t a heartbroken school girl like you when we released him does not mean I am a troll when I wrote what I did. I stand by my statements when he was released that it was time because he clearly lost a step and I stand by my statement above because he was awful in short yardage.

          NOTE: Because of your jilted school girl feelings you had when he was released, I was trolling you personally below with the ‘Who?’ comment below.

          • BearDown100393

            School girls troll message boards. But it takes a POTUS to troll Twitter….

          • SC Dave

            Troll-e-o-e-o

    • Lol

  • SC Dave

    Apparently, Dickerson does not know the difference between All Purpose Yards and Yards from Scrimmage.

    http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/269972/bears-coach-matt-nagy-sees-parallels-between-tarik-cohen-and-tyreek-hill

  • CanadaBear

    FFS, who would you take in their prime Sayers or Forte? If you say Forte it’s because you never saw Sayers. I was one of Matt’s biggest fans and admired him during his entire career. Wish him well in retirement. Always a class act.

    • Big Mike

      Forte had a better career. The key to what you said is “Sayers in his prime” Sayers prime was very brief. Forte will remain one of my favorite Chicago Bears. Would love to see him retire a Bear, with one of those 1 day contracts.

      • CanadaBear

        I agree 100%. The Kansas Comet was the perfect nickname because of the speed, the flash of light and how fast they burned out.,

      • SC Dave

        Unfortunately, Gayle suffered much as Butkus, in that Halas employed a butcher as team doctor.

        Or maybe should have, to improve outcomes.

        Given competent medical help, both would have had longer careers.

        • BearDown100393

          A backup quarterback can only know so much about orthopedic surgery.

        • willbest

          Moore’s law applies to a lot of things not just computer performance. And what I mean by that is there is a doubling of the medical knowledge about every ~10 years. Every single doctor in that era would be a quack by today’s standards.

          Its hard to comprehend, but we are less than 100 years away from a time when going to the doctor was a hail mary play.

          • SC Dave

            I agree Will, but as I recall the Bears’ guy was considered a quack at the time.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            ….but there’s also a doubling of the quacks every five years: “Whore’s Law.”

          • Computer’s are evolving at a high rate but supposedly that’ll stop by 2020 when the sheer physics of getting smaller and faster will have to go subatomic in order for the current rate to be sustainable.
            In other words, computer makers would have to switch to quantum mechanics , a field we’re nearly ignorant of and as such highly unpredictable.

            Any tech nerds wanna elaborate on this?

            Supposedly Microsoft and other tech companies are aware of ‘the wall’ and are trying to get around it

          • Irish Sweetness

            Quantum computing is already a thing, in fact, it was always a thing. You couldn’t have a computer at all without Quantum Mechanics. They ARE applications of Quantum Mechanics. But the new Quantum Computers can only hold that quantum state for about 90 seconds last I heard.

            The exciting stuff is bio-computing, which you could say was predicted by the Zygons in Dr Who as far back as 1975. Storing information in biological cells, like we already do in our own bodies.

          • SC Dave

            I call bullshit. Nand and nor gates are deterministic

          • Irish Sweetness

            Moore’s law. Heat and leakage.

    • BearDown100393

      Different players. Different eras. Different teams. Different rules.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes.

        Different rules.

        Gale’s NFL career was entirely played with the old, wider hash marks.

        It is no coincidence that when the NFL hash marks were narrowed to widen the “short-side” of the field in 1972, O.J. cracked the 2,000 yard barrier.

        • SC Dave

          Very interesting observation, Al.

        • That is interestig. But didn’t that record stand till Dickerson?

        • Irish Sweetness

          And people played football back then. His career would have been shorter still if he wasn’t a Bear and had to face Butkus twice a season, say.

        • John F

          The hash marks change might have been part of it, but the bigger issue was that the Bills decided to get O.J. that record regardless of wins or any other team goals.

          It was actually pathetic – they would be behind in games and never threw the ball to try and catch up, they kept feeding O.J. the ball.

          P.S. – I think Sayers would dominate today – think about what Hester did and double or triple the ability. Sayers was the most multi-faceted player I can think of that has ever played the game.

      • CanadaBear

        True enough but Sayers dominated the opponent and scared coaches across the league. Matt never did that.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Gash! Gale Sayers is a fucking legend,

        • BearDown100393

          Yes he is.

          I just do not compare players like Forte and Sayers. That is all.

  • Big Mike

    Matt Forte, class act. Exceptional athlete. A RB who is in the top 5 of all Bears running backs. Considering the age of the franchise and number of RBs who have lined up for the Bears, this is high praise. Also.. fuck Trestman.

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  • BearDown100393
    • CaponeBot 1.0

      Cancer cannot be stopped. It always comes back.

      • BearDown100393

        – Jay Cutler visiting St. Jude’s.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I really hope you are wrong. I have had 2 different types of cancer, and I have been in the clear for 15 years now.

        • SC Dave

          You go, man. Keep on winning.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Wow. Do you eat healthily now? Drink/smoke?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Nope, Yes and Yes. I always smoked, but I ate healthy and was in good shape at the time. After that I decided I was going to indulge on life a little, well probably a little too much. The way I saw it, if I am going to go out I am going to have fun doing it. Now after 15 years I am starting to take a little better care of myself, getting a little old for that lifestyle.

        • John F

          Congrat’s dude, I have seen friends and family that have won and lost that battle. I am happy for you and your family.

        • CaponeBot 1.0

          Maybe you’re just a tough motherfucker.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            That is a possibility

      • Irish Sweetness

        Cancer is in the human body all the time. Everybody has cancer cells in them. Our body can turn them on an off. Most of the time.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Very, very, scary.

    • CanadaBear

      That’s a shame. Hope for the best.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jebus H. That dude deserved ONE break after losing his son and getting cancer.

      • BearDown100393

        Watch his NFL Life bio if you have not already.

  • BearDown100393

    Resorting to use Sean Payton as a voice of confidence by the Bears to prop Pacebot is rather pathetic.

  • “New strength coach, new athletic trainer…revamped. Diff philos and chemistry” Pace on the new medical and training staff.

    Let’s hope they do a better job of keeping them healthy.

    Another point is that Fox’s practices were reportedly old school rough, which many embraced after the Trestman kumbaya.

    But the historic rash of INJs under Fox has to make a fan rethink that method.

    Pace was also asked if vet WRs are more needed to help Trub as opposed to some green eared room, to which Pace responded that talent and scheme fit are more important.

    In other words, didn’t tip his hand.

    But no doubt Pace will be targeting scheme fits so maybe jump ball types are not an option (then again, Alshon excelled on the Eagles)

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      Alshon excelled on the Eagles? Really?

      He did have 9 touchdowns which is decent. But in literally every other category he didn’t match his stats for any season as a Bear outside of his rookie year.

      789 yards on 57 catches. That’s what he did.

      He had almost 1500 and 10 touchdowns as a Bear a few years ago.

      Hell, he had more yards as a Bear in 2016 in the ten games he played.

      He’s a nice receiver. I wish him well, and I wish he was still a Bear. But let’s not pretend he left the Bears and blew up the league.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And he only had those numbers that year because of BM.

      • Alshon did everything the Eagles wanted. It just so happened that they were such a dynamic attack, they didn`t need to lock on to him like the Bears. They had an effective 3 HB rotation to go along w Ertz, Agholor , Torrey Smith and a running Wentz for most of the season.

        He was brought in as a TD target and that’s exactly what he did on limited targets.

        • BenderMcLugh

          Agholor is the real deal, he’ll be their #1 next year I think

      • Irish Sweetness

        As the #1 receiver he had 3 catches in the SB. That’s what he did when the big moment came. 3 catches. Those that want to crown his ass, go ahead. He would have been a waste of 18M dollars. Especially this season just gone.

        • SC Dave

          Alshon scored more SB TDs than Walter Payton, so there’s that.

          • CanadaBear

            Walter was not going to have a good game against the Pats. They dedicated all 11 guys on D to key on Walter. Whenever they faked to Walter and did anything else, it worked. I felt bad for Walter but his selfishness pouting after the game was not a good look.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “Arguments can be made for Sayers (short spell) and Nagurski (different era) but Forte is the second best Bears running back of all-time.”

    You mostly stop just short of the hyperbole Jeff, you could just have let him retire after ten years with a ‘well done’ but that statement is just plain wrong, and disrespects either Walter Payton or Gale Sayers.

    For a Bears fan to suggest that Matt Forte was better than either of those guys, well … it’s just ridiculous.

    • SC Dave

      It is not in any way ridiculous.

      • BenderMcLugh

        a good rant tho

      • Irish Sweetness

        Just to be clear – no Matt-bashing here – but nobody can say he was better than Gale, and if we’re talking different times, then his career would have been longer after he rehabbed his MCL or whatever.

  • this is a Forte thread so for fun this is how I would grade him in Madden Franchise mode

    Speed. 92. He never had that long speed, but he could break a 20-40 yder before being caught from behind

    Acceleration. 92. Like his speed, never truly elite but good esp for his size.

    Agility. 93. He wasn’t Barry Sanders out there, but he was smoothe, esp on pass routes.

    Elusive. 85. Not often he juked or made defenders whiff.

    Trucking. 82. Let’s be honest, he trucked no one. If he could his TDs total would’ve been a lot more.

    Carries. 99. Rarely fumbled. Could always trust him on 4 min drills.

    Awareness. 99. So under rated . Forte had HOF vision and patience. Could always count on him to get the most out of any run.

    Catching. 87. Needless to say, fantastic catcher and crisp route runner. Line him up in the slot and he was better than any WR we had last season.

    Blocker. 88. Another under rated trait
    Forte could pick up a blitz which was vital since we had no Oline

    Stamina. 97. I mean, def of workhorse.

    Injury. 95. Not quite Favreish, but for a RB, extremely sturdy.

    Overall. 93.

    95+ is HOF level, and Forte is right below that when all is said and done.

    If he had been just a tad more explosive w long speed (Dickerson) or a bit more of a basher (AP) Forte would be in the HOF. Then again, unlike Dickerson he didn’t fumble, and unlike AP, he could run routes and catch.

    A true all purpose back worthy of the C on his helmet

    • CanadaBear

      He was always good about not taking those horrendous hits until Nessman. That first year he got whacked 2 or 3 times and the second year with all those receptions he took a bunch of huge hits. Part of that was him getting older and less elusive but most of it was being hung out to dry on those short passes. You can only take so many of those huge hits in a career. He definitely had a lost a step when he left for the Jets. Total class act.

    • SC Dave

      Love the slot comment, esp. As I made a comment here long ago that the Bears should have considered him in that role.

      Last year, he would have easily led the team in receiving yards.

    • BenderMcLugh

      MEH.

      • Well Madden grades them regardless of position.

        So an 87 for a RB is rather high. For instance Antonio Brown would be like a 97 while Marshall Faulk would prolly be in low 90s.

        Tho i don’t know if Madden changed their grade formula in recent yrs.

        But 87 for a HB is better than a lot of WRs though i could bump him up to maybe a 90.

  • BerwynBomber

    Sayers could still be considered superior to Forte. Of course he only played half the games that Forte did but his YPG, YPC and even receiving yards per catch were higher.
    But what sets Sayers apart (or when compared to other superb RBs puts him in the conversation) is that he was a devastating return man.
    He amassed over 3K yards in returns during his brief career. His per return average — both on punts and kickoffs — is higher than Devin Hester’s. In fact, one could argue both are significantly higher.
    A good way for the modern fan to think of Sayers is to imagine if peak Hester was also a 1,000 yard rusher for four or five years.
    That was Sayers during his all too brief career for the Bears.

    • CanadaBear

      In 14 games/year. His career punt return avg 14.5 and career kick return avg 30.6. Butkus was my favorite player growing up but Gale wasn’t far behind.

      https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SayeGa00.htm

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, I didn’t mean to steal your Sayers love there. Just felt he needed a bit stronger defense than I had seen here today. Even from a #s perspective.
        And for the record, I always thought Forte was criminally underrated by most on the blog other than guys like you, SCD and myself. So I’m not trying to belittle him. He was a tremendous football player.
        But peak Sayers was without question better than Forte. Just that Sayers only had, basically, a five year long career. Like a comet, you might say.

        • CanadaBear

          No not at all. I defended Matt on here quite a lot over those years. I was just going into HS when those guys started playing for the Beloved. It drives me nuts that people always focus on what the Bears best players couldn’t do for some reason. Oh well. Different strokes. Now that Matt has retired it’s going to be a while before any of us get nostalgic over the current crop of Bears. There’s old man Long and a bunch of young guys.

          • SC Dave

            Howard, Canada. He could be better than Matt.

            And that is *saying something*

          • CanadaBear

            Hope you’re right. I’m just afraid his running style won’t be conducive to a long career.

      • SC Dave

        Butkus was better. The best Bear I’ve ever seen.

        • CanadaBear

          They were both sensational until they got hurt. I always loved D more than O so Butkus was my fave. I would use him for my avatar but that was already taken.

          • SC Dave

            I’d have used 51 from Day 1 on this blog, but I was late to the party.

            It’s literally unimaginable to have the real Monster now.

            But a new Urlacher might work.

    • BenderMcLugh

      Sayers was the first Bo Jackson

  • BuddhaJoe

    I’d put Forte at #3 behind Walter and Sayers but I can see an argument for him being 2 because he played at a high level for basically 8 years straight.

    • BenderMcLugh

      8 years of production from scrimmage that bested every other running back in a 10 year span. Best back since Tomlinson.

      • SC Dave

        Interesting final sentence. And true.

      • willbest

        Does AP not exist in your universe or are you considering off field performance?

        • BenderMcLugh

          Oh he does, yards from scrimmage though. AP was absolutely the better runner, Forte better dual threat.

  • Irish Sweetness
    • Calvin Ridley SR?

      • BenderMcLugh

        He seemed spent at times, not sure about his stamina but he has all the tools, speed, hands, twitch

    • CanadaBear

      Can’t imagine he would. Really unproductive. Treadwell is going down that same path in Queens land. Love it!

  • BerwynBomber
    • BenderMcLugh

      He have anything left?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Do we care? Hiring one Bennett was a mistake ….

        Whatever happened to the Josh Hill and Jimmy Graham love?

    • Fuck all the Bennetts

    • AlbertInTucson

      Not interested.

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog
    @dabearsblog
    Studied to be a film critic/historian in college. Never have I wished I wrote professionally about movies more than right now – minutes after seeing Faces Places. Astonishing.

    “Shall we look at the lake?” is my favorite film moment in years.

    Do they have college courses in criticizing film, really? I did not know that. Wow.

    Anyone seen this? I have a long list of stuff to watch ….

    • CanadaBear

      I really liked Siskel and Ebert but it seems like one of those degrees that guarantees you aren’t going to get rich.

  • ButtonShoes

    I still want the Bears to go after Chubb, and if not him, then Tremaine Edmunds, who looks like a beast. But this dude Quenton Nelson…I am really getting sold on him. That man is the Hulk. He’s a monster. That’s a guy who could go toe-to-toe with Aaron Donald or Khalil Mack if he felt like it.

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