Chicago Bears: How changes to the running game can lead to offensive success

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Chicago Bears, Ryan Nall
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Are the Chicago Bears running backs interchangeable?

Montgomery and Nall are not too different from each other that they need different philosophies during a game plan. Both running backs caught over 50 passes in college, can lineup out wide, and are decent pass blockers in the backfield.

Nall is more of a one-cut and goes type of player while Montgomery is one to get the defender off-balanced before turning upfield. Either way, both running backs are hard to tackle on the first attempt. Interestingly, ever since the Chicago Bears acquired Nall, I figured they would have had him in the offense a lot sooner.

Nall was in a converted spread pro styled fast tempo offense with Oregon State. Montgomery, however, benefitted from a converted spread run-based attack. With being more of a decisive runner by getting downhill, Nall should be the first up if Montgomery is to miss anytime. The Combination of Nall and Montgomery in the run game could be exciting. I would not get too excited over a UDFA that hasn’t seen the field much just yet.

The Chicago Bears were called soft upfront in the trenches last season. With his combination of speed and power, Ryan Nall can help deliver body blows to show opponents that they don’t take being called soft lightly.

The west coast offense was designed for players like Ryan Nall, David Montgomery, and Tarik Cohen to thrive. With the addition of the tight ends and this group of running backs,  the offense could become a true old school west coast system. Keeping going if you want to know more about what I am talking about.