Chicago Bears third-year back David Montgomery is on his way to being one of the best all-around running backs in football.
Actually, Montgomery is already there. For folks who may be sleeping, or the casual football fan, the Bears saw Montgomery take an enormous leap in his sophomore season. The Bears’ season was largely summed up by a miserable 6-game losing streak, but towards the end of that stretch, the run game started to change.
Chicago’s offensive line went through some major changes last season. It was horrendous for a chunk of the year, but once they figured it out, the run game improved drastically.
Montgomery went from being an afterthought halfway through the year to becoming the league’s sixth-highest rusher. It was a down year for running backs unless your name was Derrick Henry or Dalvin Cook, but Montgomery certainly made his case as one of the best in the business.
It was especially impressive because of how weak the Bears were offensively, overall. Of course, the quarterback position has been the primary topic of discussion and the main reason why Chicago’s offense has sputtered for a couple of years.
But, down the stretch, Montgomery was fantastic. He was one of the biggest reasons why this team fought hard to get into the playoffs. Much of the offense’s success can be attributed to the way Montgomery kept battling on every single touch.
In 2021, the Bears will be smart to continue where they left off. Getting Montgomery going from the start is a priority. In order to see even more improvement in Montgomery’s game, though, they’ll need to do a few things.