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Bears Off Balance

Many would think that the Chicago Bears would have learned their lesson from last season of approaching the game with a balanced offensive attack. Obviously they must have a very short memory.

Last week versus the New Orleans Saints, Chicago called 52 pass plays and only 11 run plays. I could understand if they were down by a couple of touchdowns and resorted to the pass in order to get back in the game, but the Bears were only down 16-10 at halftime and trailed 16-13 during the third quarter. Yet, they still continued to pass the ball.

As a result of Chicago's one-sided offensive play calling, the Saints easily predicted that the Bears were going to pass, and constantly blitzed and sacked Jay Cutler six times. This pass-happy approach won't make matters any better for a Bears offensive line that is injury-riddled and are having problems protecting the quarterback. And to make matters even worse, they will face the Green Bay Packers in Week 3.

Let's not also forget that Matt Forte is a pretty good running back; probably the most underrated back in the league. In his first three seasons, he's had two 1,000-yard seasons on the ground. And against the Saints last week, he averaged 4.9 yards per carry (10 carries for 49 yards).

Mike Martz, I hope you're listening. The best way to lower the number of sacks is to RUN THE BALL MORE!!! Cutler can't get sacked if he's handing the ball off. More importantly, running the ball more will open up the passing game, help control the clock, and keep the ball out of the hands of Aaron Rodgers.

If no adjustments are made soon, then Jay Cutler will be the most sacked quarterback in the league for the second year in a row, and possibly knocked out for the year at some point.

Clyde A. Speller

1 comment:

  1. The Bears need to make better decisions both in game planning and on the field to pull this season off. Glad they escaped with a wine, barely this weekend.

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