It's my personal opinion that
If we're talking all-time Bears running backs, you have to put Hall of Famers Walter Payton and Gale Sayers at the top of the list. I put Sweetness ahead of Sayers, but I may be biased because I grew up watching and cheering for Walter. (Not having seen Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski, I don't feel qualified to rank them, though they're obviously both in the Hall of Fame for a reason.) I would have to say that Matt Forte is in a dead heat for third on the list with Neal Anderson, who I feel is the most underrated player in Bears history. He was an excellent running back for a fairly long period of time, but wasn't truly appreciated because he immediately followed Payton. Forte is bigger, but he reminds me a lot of Anderson in terms of his explosiveness, quickness, elusiveness and ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Interestingly, Forte is 307 yards from passing Anderson for second on the Bears' all-time rushing list behind Walter.
Who will the Bears miss more:
You can make a case that Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs are the Bears' best players on their respective sides of the ball, so they're obviously going to miss both a great deal. But if you look at the backups who will be replacing them and how the offense and defense have fared so far this season, I think it's pretty clear that the Bears will have a more difficult time overcoming the loss of Briggs. And that's no reflection on Cutler. It has more to do with the fact that
I read recently that the Bears may play in London next year. Do you think that will happen?
No, the Bears will not play in London next season. The NFL announced this week that three games will take place at Wembley Stadium in 2014 between the Cowboys and Jaguars, Lions and Falcons, and Dolphins and Raiders.