Diverging Views on 2010 Bears

Yesterday, in a Chicago Tribune article I saw in the paper but can’t find online to link, several sources said they’re confident the Bears offense will get it in gear for the regular season opener.

Contrast that with Mike Mulligan’s article in the Sun Times today, in which he says that “stuck in neutral might be an improvement” for the team.

I’m hoping the former opinion ends up being true.¬† I really, really hope that Martz has withheld 90% of his playbook and when he opens it up, the offense will “get” it, which they haven’t done in the preseason.

I won’t even start on the defense this morning.

4 Responses to “Diverging Views on 2010 Bears”

  1. With no offensive line that protects..theres no chance to open up the playbook.

    I did read yesterday on ESPN on the Bears blog there:
    “When discussing Mike Martz’s arrival over the winter, I suggested this scheme gave the Bears their best chance for a quick fix on offense. It’s fair to question whether the repair job will be complete by Week 1, but I’m nowhere close to changing my mind on the longer-term prospects for this offense. A Mike Martz offense has never gone through a regular season as discombobulated as the Bears appear to be at this moment.”

    Being the Bears have never really had an offense. NO surprise there.

  2. I agree, the offensive line is terrible. But surprisingly, there are a ton of ways to avoid letting that completely derail your passing game. First, you need a quarterback who will stand in the pocket and deliver downfield in the face of pressure – Cutler will do that. Then you need an imaginative offense that has formation alignments and route concepts that break open early and will allow Cutler to get rid of the ball quickly. They have this capability with Martz at the helm. The offense will also need to vary where Cutler throws the ball from – 3 step, quick 5, 7 step, sprint outs, play action roll outs, moving pockets, and screens to slow down the opposing pass rush. Basically, they can’t let the defense pin their ears back and rush to the same spot in the backfield every time they rush the passer. But these are all things that Martz knows, and he’ll make sure to take care of whatever he has to. And remember, Martz is great at dictating mismatches and using great route concepts to confuse defenses and get receivers open.

    Every team has holes that they need to compensate for. I believe the Bears can compensate for theirs.

  3. Check out the passer ratings for the preseason and weep: Jay comes in at #80 while McNabb is at #68, Ryan at #75 and Romo at #76: not much more glorious. Meanwhile, check out Rex at #37 with a 90.4 rating. Come on, we all know the offense is hiding its real substance (and hiding it well, agreed). It’s a work in progress; I mean how could we expect it to be polished by this time with a new coordinator trying to implement a new high-tech (it was 10 years ago) system? This is not a quick fix: they are rebuilding the whole system from foundation to top.
    So I don’t agree with Mulligan. Plus, I think it’s normal to consider it practice; However, I think it’s Not normal to have the fans pay for this.

  4. Good points guys, I sure hope you are right!

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