In 1995 the Chicago Bears’ head coach was Dave Wannstedt. The offensive coordinator was Ron Turner, and offensive line coach was Tony Wise. If we listened to Wannstedt anyway, Wise was an offensive line guru, much as Mike Tice is touted these days.
So who would you rather have? Wanny, Turner and Wise, or the current crew of Lovie Smith, Mike Martz and Tice?
The latter, of course, but consider this. Know how many sacks the 1995 Chicago Bears offensive line allowed in 16 games? I know you can look the answer up, so I’ll remind you the answer is 15. In 16 games. In two games, the 2011 Chicago Bears have allowed 11 sacks. No wonder Jay Cutler isn’t sure if he can last the season taking this beating.
I realize it’s not a completely apples-to-apples comparison. Martz’ offense features deep drops by the quarterback while Turner’s is the exact opposite.
But in the end, if your team’s franchise quarterback gets killed, what does it matter? The result is the same. Jim Miller, Chris Chandler, Rex Grossman, Jim McMahon (I can keep going) would be dead after two games in this system behind this offensive line.