Chicago Bears: 3 Worst decisions of the 2020 offseason

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The Chicago Bears not addressing the running back position is a mistake

We still have time between now and the start of the season. With everything taking place because of the pandemic, training camps are going to be the first organized gathering of the offseason. This means the team could still address this mistake between now and September, but I am not so certain Ryan Pace will.

Right now, David Montgomery is going to be the lead back. Even if the team brings in another running back through free agency, Montgomery will be the guy. We also know that Tarik Cohen is the clear second option, but we also know he is not able to be the true backup to Montgomery. If Montgomery goes down with an injury, Cohen is not built to handle a full workload for a length of a season.

This brings us to the third running back on the depth chart. Currently, it looks to be Ryan Nall. Nall has two carries in his career (2019) and gained eight yards. Although that looks to be a 4.0 yards per carry average, the sample size is very small and one run was for seven yards meaning the other was only for one yard. I do not trust Nall to carry the load should Montgomery go down.

To address the position, all Pace has done thus far is to sign a couple of undrafted free agents. Some have high expectations for both Artavis Pierce and Napoleon Maxwell, but similarly to the corner position, relying on one of these guys is a mistake. Instead, the team should be looking for a proven veteran. Someone like Lamar Miller, Devonta Freeman or Isaiah Crowell could change this mistake into a positive. All three are proven veterans who have shown they can handle the load.