Five weeks until the Bears report to training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., the team feels good about its running back situation.
Good enough that you can forget about the possibility of the club pursuing any free agents like Shaun Alexander, Kevin Jones, Ron Dayne or anyone else. Thats what coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday after the club wrapped up its offseason program at Halas Hall minus linebacker Brian Urlacher, who was not in attendance.
We like the running backs we have, Smith said. We dont have any plans to [bring in competition].
This late in the game you need to feel good about the players you have. We do.
If you penciled in Matt Fortes name as the starter Sept. 7 at Indianapolis, go ahead and go over that in pen. Barring a setback, the second-round pick will be the starter. Of course, that could well have been the case even if former first-round pick Cedric Benson had not gotten himself run off.
Start the countdown to camp.