If the Bears can play from ahead in 2010, it would pay dividends for a defense counting on instant impact from defensive end Julius Peppers, signed as a free agent from Carolina, and healthy returns by linebacker Brian Urlacher (wrist) and defensive tackle Tommie Harris (lingering knee problems).
Asked if Martz ever pokes his chest out while the offense watches his old Rams film, Forte says he doesn't have to. "He knows his system works," Forte says. On Sundays we'll learn if the Bears have the right pieces to run it.
WITH 2009 STATS
COACH LOVIE SMITH
2009 Rank: 23
QB JAY CUTLER