After trading away bell cowJordan Howardto thePhiladelphia Eaglesin the offseason, theChicago Bearspieced together a running back committee to provide the yin toMitchell Trubisky‘s yang. The trio ofMike Davis,David MontgomeryandTarik Coheneven sprung a trendy nickname: “Run DMC.”
The backs were MIA in Chicago’s10-3 lossto thePackersto kick off the 2019 season. Davis gained 19 yards on five carries; Montgomery, 18 on six; and Cohen zero on … zero. All-purpose receiverCordarrelle Pattersongot one, but it went for a loss of two.
Montgomery’s night started out promising as he gained 10 yards on the first two touches of his career. But he carried the ball just four more times. Cohen was used strictly as a receiver, often lining up in the slot and catching eight passes. He also took theBears‘ first offensive snap of the game out of the wildcat and fumbled. The down was replayed because of aPackerspenalty but it served as a microcosm for Chicago’s rushing output.
Meanwhile, Trubisky attempted 45 passes. TheBearsquarterback duly noted afterward that it wasn’t a formula for success.
“I think when this offense is at its best it’s a balanced attack with the run game and the pass game,” Trubisky said, via Patrick Finley ofthe Chicago Sun-Times.
Thursday marked just the third time in Trubisky’s career that he attempted 40 passes. He had 50 attempts in a shootout with thePatriotslast year. As a rookie, he threw 46 passes against Detroit and completed 67 percent of them, albeit with three interceptions. TheBearsare 0-3 in those games.
Week 1 was supposed to be a demonstration of the offensive growth under second-year coach Matt Nagy. The group instead was met with a chorus of boos in the second, third and fourth quarters. Nagy himself labeled the performance “terrible” and “unacceptable.”
“To our fans, they have every right to boo — every right to boo,” Nagy said. “We get it. … They deserve better, and that’s what we need to do.”
What theBearswill need to do is run the ball more than 15 times in what was a one-possession game throughout. They were 6-2 last year when they topped 30 rushing attempts, with both of those losses coming in overtime. Moreover, Trubisky has yet to prove he can carry an offense as he enters just his third season. Nagy insisted after a forgettable first game that it doesn’t define Chicago’s season.
“We didn’t lose theSuper Bowl,” Nagy said. “We just lost the first game of the regular season.”