I've often said that Matt Forte is the antithesis of Cedric Benson, both on the field and off. On the field, he actually makes cuts, catches passes, and runs just as hard on each and every carry. Off the field, Forte is humble, gracious, hard-working, and he cares about his team winning football games. Oh, and he doesn't get arrested twice in the span of a few months.
''He is having a great year, but when I see the highlights, I see holes,'' Benson told reporters in Cincinnati. ''I see them using him in the slot, something they didn't do with me. If I was there right now with the holes I see, I'd probably have 1,800 yards right now. I definitely would have 1,500 by now. I congratulate him on all of his success. He is taking advantage.''
This is such a farce, I don't even know where to begin. I mean, 1,800 yards? With two games to go? Cedric Benson would be on the verge of a 2,000 yard season?
The reason the Bears didn't use Benson in the slot is because he's not versatile enough. He's not a quality pass-catcher, and he's not agile enough to shake coverage on the outside. Furthermore, what does lining up in the slot have to do with rushing yards?
Matt Forte is 10 times the running back and 20 times the man Cedric Benson is. I may actually be conservative in those unquantifiable, fictional numbers. Forte currently has 1,108 yards rushing. Yes, he was hampered with an injury last night, which drastically cut into his production and the production of the offense. Still, let's say he ended up at 1,200 yards. Cedric Benson is claiming he's at least 300 yards better, and probably 500 yards better, over the course of 14 games than Forte.
All I have to say is, have fun losing on a weekly basis in Cincy, Ced.
You definitely deserve it.
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