2010 Chicago Bears Offensive Offense

With two Chicago Bears losses to teams they should have beat lingering in my memory, my thoughts are extremely scattered this week.  I was going to take the bye week off from posting, but there’s just too much to say.  As Perno said, I am both confused and angry after the team played well enough on defense to win the last two games.  Games that they HAD to win in order to be legitimate playoff contenders.  Now I am convinced that the Bears are not legitimate playoff contenders.  How could they be if they can’t beat Washington and Seattle?

When the Bears finally hired Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator in February after a protracted search (what other kind of search is there for the Bears?) I was stunned, a little nervous, but admittedly a little excited.  Martz has proven that he is one of the most innovative offensive thinkers in the history of the game.

I was nervous about the potential for the offense being too pass-oriented, which is what got Martz fired from his last two coaching jobs in Detroit and San Francisco, not to mention getting him run out of his head coaching position in St. Louis.  But not in a million years did I envision that the 2010 Chicago Bears offense would be historically bad.  And after seven games of the 2010 season, the Chicago Bears offense is historically bad.  Yes, they have won 4 games and they’re not out of anything at 4-3 and tied for the division lead.  But the 1989 Chicago Bears also started 4-3, and finished 6-10.  As the Bears are 1-3 in their last four games against beatable teams, I can’t rule out a 6-10 or worse finish this year.

Profootballtalk did a better job than I can summarizing how historically bad the 2010 Bears offense is when they pointed out yesterday that they are awful in so many ways.

I’d have to do some research that I don’t have time for, but I don’t know how far back we’d have to go to find a Bears team (keeping in mind the Bears have been bad on offense for the majority of their 91-year history) that converted on only 17% of their third down attempts.  And Profootballtalk didn’t even care to mention that the team is 0-10 with goal to go on the one yard line.  This is quite simply unprecedented in the history of the game.

Someone please argue with me with the statement I’m about to make.  “The Chicago Cubs will never win another world series.  The Chicago Bears will always find a way to play bad offensive football.”  Please, please someone argue with this statement, because currently I can’t argue with myself on this.  Look at the situation.  The Bears currently employ possibly the most physically gifted quarterback they have ever had, two decent running backs, and one of the greatest offensive minds in the history of the game as their coach.  If they are as bad as they have ever been on offense, how can I have hope that they will ever, ever be good offensively?

Please, someone convince me otherwise.  I’m begging you.

6 Responses to “2010 Chicago Bears Offensive Offense”

  1. The game starts at the offensive line. You look at Bears history when they have had a good to decent offensive line, or in the case of the 85 team, a great offensive line. They go far. The 1994-1995 Bears had a good offensive line, their defense was terrible, but the offense put up good numbers. In 2005 and 2006 the running game was amazing and until Rex Grossman’s head shrunk to a mental midget, the passing game in 2006 was good too.

    This is why the Bears need to fire Jerry Angelo and find a guy who can draft offensive lineman and defensive lineman. Thats where it all starts for teams that are good teams.

  2. I completely agree with Scott above. The simple fact is that an effective o-line can make even a mediocre quarterback look good. Chicago has a pretty phenomenal QB in Jay Cutler and I can only imagine the things he could do if the line would GIVE HIM TIME TO DELIVER THE BALL.

  3. The thing is, I don’t think this offense is that bad. Certainly it’s not as bad as other offenses we’ve had in the recent past. This offense can actually move the ball–we’ve had several long drives (mainly by way of avoiding 3rd down altogether). There are flashes of competence or even better (especially between the 20s). They can move the ball, which is more than I can say for offenses featuring Craig Krenzel and the like.

    All of which is making this season more maddening. The ways that the Bears are bad are so weird and fluky that you can’t help but expect that they’ll continue to be so incredibly awful. And yet, I have to trust my eyes. And they say this team is bad.

    I can’t give up on this offense’s potential, and I can’t bear to watch it flame out time after time. Part of me wishes this season were over already, just to save me the heartache.

  4. Yeah exactly, flashes or spurts here and there; it lacks regularity and “realism”, they CAN move the ball but just can’t score. I think they can only get better with playing time, plus they have a two-week break to practice thoroughly; plus all the stuff that’s been said about them by the other teams, they probably want to show they can play. if that O-line can get just a little pressure off Jay so Jay and Martz can stop feeling they have to go for the home-run all the time to compensate for the lost yardage on sacks and penalties, then it could be fine.
    I guess it takes a lot of decent pieces that fit together to have a decent offense; the odds are that it will happen sooner or later for the Bears, like it has happened for other teams.

  5. Thanks for the feedback guys. I sure hope we see a little more of the Dallas game and a lot less of 3 of the last 4 games through the end of the year.

  6. Why isn’t william perry on this website?

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