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Running Game...What Running Game?

Looking at the Bears' last game against the Arizona Cardinals, is seems to me that Lovie Smith is not a true believer in his philosophy of "getting off the bus running the football." In the entire first quarter of the game against the Cardinals, Chicago rushed the ball one time. By game's end, the Bears had only 12 carries.

Now why is it that Smith always emphasizes the importance of running the ball in order to open up the passing game, but seems to be afraid to do so. Is it due to the fact that Chicago's offense has went up against the complicated blitzes of the 3-4 defense for half of the season thus far? Is it the fact that Smith has very little confidence in his underachieving offensive line? Or is it the fact that now Chicago finally has a franchise quarterback, and they want to make up for the past 20-plus years of inconsistent play under center? Well what ever the reason is, Smith and offensive coordinator Ron Turner need to remember that pounding the rock wears down defenses, and the only way to start running the ball effectively is to start running the ball.

Jay Cutler is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, and will be that much better when he is running a well-balanced offense, and doesn't have the pressure of winning the game on his own.

Clyde A. Speller

1 comment:

  1. Clyde:

    I agree with you about the running game. The Bears have not come anywhere close to establishing a running game this season. Forte rushed for about 1,300 yards last season and it doesn't appear he is going to reach this total this year. As you mentioned Cutler cannot carry the offense alone and unless the offensive line gels at some point along with addressing the need at wide receiver, the offense will continue to struggle in both the short and long term.