The truth about Mike Martz's offense is that it calls for the quarterback to take five- and seven-step drops to chuck it down field.
The problem with this is that it leaves the quarterback vulnerable to big hits. We've seen Jay Cutler get his brains beat in last season.
Against the Giants, for the most part, the offensive line held up and protected Cutler. What a lot of people forget is that the running back in Martz's offense plays a prominent role. Remember Marshall Faulk? Because of his versatility, Faulk took the pressure off Kurt Warner. Martz's best seasons were with the Rams, when the offense centered around Faulk because he was a versatile, three down back.
Matt Forte is the same kind of player. He can run between the tackles, can catch the ball like a wide receiver and is a capable blocker. Tonight was just another reminder of what Forte can do. He can take the pressure off Cutler an some of the burden off the offensive line. It's time to pay him.