Ka’Deem Carey ready for elevated role in Bears’ backfield
ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – Though he coaching tenure, John Fox has been known for his success and the ability to turn teams into legitimate contenders.
As far as soundbites go, well, that’s a different story.
Most of the time the now second year Bears coach is pretty dry when he steps up to the microphone. A few cliches pop out here and there but quick answers are mostly the norm for Fox whether in Carolina, Denver or now Chicago.
But thanks to a running back, one of the most entertaining lines of the combine came from the Bears coach last Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
“A lot gets put into height, weight, speed, 40 times, it’s hard to measure what’s behind that left nipple and between your ears,” said Fox in one of the more colorful moments of his 15 minute news conference.
He was speaking about Ka'Deem Carey, who will enter his third season with the Bears in a more elevated role in 2016 following the departure of Matt Forte, who was not offered a contract and now enters free agency. It's up to him and Jeremy Langford to pick up the load in the backfield as the second leading rusher and pass catcher in Bears' history heads elsewhere for the rest of his career.
Speaking for the first time since the release of Forte in his hometown of Oro Valley, Arizona at his football camp, Carey told KOVA-TV that he is more than ready for the challenge of joining with Langford to replace Forte in 2016.
"This is a lot on the line, to tell you the truth," said Carey to KOVA-TV. "Jerm is an awesome running back so we've got good chemistry together. We're ready to knock this thing out together.
"I'm going to go into training camp swinging because I know that spot is open and I'm going to put my nose down and grind."
As the third running back for the Bears last season, Carey rushed for 159 yards with a 3.7 yard per carry average in 11 games in 2015 with tow rushing scores. He also caught three passes, including a touchdown in the Bears' December 27th win over the Buccaneers in Tampa.
While Langford's performance (816 Total Yards, 7 Touchdowns) caught a lot of the fans eye, Fox is expecting Carey to increase his production in a bigger role in the team's backfield tandem.
"He's a guy that after contact is pretty special," said Fox of Carey. "That's something that sticks out for me. I enjoy watching him run."