The Bears will also be without running back Matt Forte. That leaves them with Marion Barber and little else at running back. That is a far cry from the Miami Dolphins of the early 70's who had three stud running backs (Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick). Zonk and Merc were probably bigger names, but Kiick lead the Dolphins in rushing in two seasons. He wasn't exactly a no-name though. He appeared on a Sports Illustrated cover with teammate Csonka.
I talked to Kiick about being a small star on a star-filled team. Kiick said he had no regrets and totally enjoyed his time with the Dolphins. Of course, his time included three Super Bowl appearances and two titles!
After a short season in the WFL, Kiick returned to the NFL with the Broncos, playing a season and a half with the team. Unfortunately, he was released midway through their Super Bowl season.
The Bears face a struggle today and for the rest of the season. The Bears should take note of the Dolphins teams of the 70's, who had backup quarterback extraordinaire Earl Morrall and a trio of excellent running backs including Kiick!
Jim Kiick and me in Oaks, PA-October 2009.