Ever since David Montgomery was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2019, he has been nothing but a solid player for this team. But this year, with the new coaching staff and new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy implementing a new outside-zone running scheme, like the Shanahan system, he has been sharing the running duties with Khalil Herbert.
So far this season, Herbert has proved to be a better fit for this offense than Montgomery. Herbert’s ability to cut and hit the open hole has led to several long runs, particularly against the Houston Texans and Washington Commanders this year. Montgomery fits an inside zone scheme, and his powerful lower body allows him to gain yards after contact.
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While Herbert has outrun Montgomery by almost 200 yards as of right now (Herbert has 643 yards while Montgomery has 434 yards), the news came earlier this week that Herbert has been placed on IR because of the hip injury. It’s a huge blow to the offense that has gained over 200+ yards for the fifth straight game.
Even more concerning was when Justin Fields admitted in his press conference on Wednesday that his legs are getting tired after gaining 326 rushing yards in the last two weeks. The number of carries along with hits will take a toll on his body if the Bears are not careful.