5 Chicago Bears storylines to follow in second half of season

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1. How will running back rotation breakdown

The Chicago Bears said that they would go with a more hot-hand approach, but overall, the split In timeshare at running back has been about the same.

In the past four weeks, Montgomery has played 78%, 56%, 70%, and 70%, On the flip side, Herbert is at 22%, 41%, 28%, and 28%. Only one week was it close to even.

When it comes to rushing attempts, Montgomery leads at 56%, 35%, 37%, and 45% while Herbert is at 26%, 28%, 39%, and 23%. In the middle of two weeks, they flirted with a timeshare, but it has not been the case overall.

Herbert is more explosive, but the big difference is passing down work. Montgomery has the majority of the long down and distance, and two-minute snaps. He also gets the short down and distance snaps. It leaves just a chunk of snaps in the middle and a drive here and there for Herbert.

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The team said they wanted to mix them in more. Will that happen? Can they find a happy medium and a role that has Herbert more involved? Is Montgomery proving that he needs to be re-signed, or will the team try to force Herbert into uncomfortable roles to see if he can handle more work? These are things we will see in the Chicago Bears’ second half of the season.