The Chicago Bears made headlines by ushering in quite the quarterback conundrum this offseason. Regardless, running back David Montgomery is still rather optimistic about his prospects in the 2020 NFL season.
According to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Montgomery feels much more comfortable going into Year 2 with the Bears:
“An entire year of me being in an offense,” he said on a video call. “Me not being solely a complete rookie and me going in with the unknown that, ‘I don’t know any of the offense,’ or me going in with the unknown that I don’t know if I’ll play or not. [Or] me going with the unknown of not knowing if I will get carries or not, or worrying about all the small stuff that doesn’t even matter anymore.
“Now, I can really get to playing football now because I’m a year in and I’m a lot more confident. I’m ready to go have fun now.”
Montgomery added that he has high expectations for himself in the 2020 campaign.
“It’s going to be better this year,” he said. “I’m going to be better this year for this team and this organization. I’m going to come as prepared as ever to lead that running back room the way I need to — and be who I need to be for this offense and this team.”
It is encouraging to see that Montgomery has set the bar rather high for himself going into his sophomore campaign. Although he showed plenty of promise as a rookie, Chicago simply could not get any semblance of a consistent ground game last season and his production suffered because of it.
Montgomery wound up finishing the season with 889 yards and six touchdowns on a mere 3.67 yards per carry. Only New York Jets running back Le”Veon Bell boasted a worse average for players with more than 200 carries. Meanwhile, the Bears finished the 2019 campaign ranked 27th in the NFL with 1,458 rushing yards and 29th with 3.7 yards per rushing attempt.
This forced the team to usher in some significant changes to their coaching staff this offseason. Their efforts began by bringing in an offensive coordinator with experience in establishing the run game in Bill Lazor.
It remains to be seen if this will help pay some dividends for Montgomery's emergence into a household name at running back.