Can Martz "Run" The Bears?
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Since: Sep 08
#1 Mar 27, 2010
The 2009 Chicago Bears offense was terrible once again so changes were made. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner was let go, and after a long and predictable search for his replacement, former passing-game genius Mike Martz was hired, just like everyone knew he would be. Bears head coach Lovie Smith acquired Turner in 2005 to bring a run first, physical identity to his team, and for two seasons, it worked. But when injuries and bad personnel decisions crippled their defense during the 06 SuperBowl season, Chicago was exposed as a team with too many holes to stay afloat in the raging sea of the NFL. The o-line got old overnight and the defense couldn't pressure opposing passers with twelve men or more on the field. In successive seasons, the Bears released their leading rusher Thomas Jones and his highly drafted replacement Cedric Benson. Rex Grossman was blamed and booed out of town. Brian Greise came and went. Kyle Orton reclaimed the starting QB role he inherited as a rookie in 05 when Rex went down again and played well enough, but was traded for Jay Cutler. Jay took over in 09 and got tomahawked as he led the league in interceptions.
Now, after three straight losing seasons, Lovie Smith rode the winds of desperation right into the arms of Martz, the mad scientist. No matter how much success Martz and Cutler have throwing the ball, Smith is going to want to stay true to Bears tradition by being a punishing team on the ground. How will this run vs. pass dichotomy find a happy medium? Will Martz be able to create such a rapport with Cutler that Chicago will be afforded the luxury of running out of obvious passing formations? Will the Bears offensive line improve enough to run Martz' scheme effectively? Can Matt Forte, a group of no name receivers, and Cutler burn opposing secondary's? Talk to me Bears fans!
#2 Apr 13, 2010
#3 Apr 18, 2010
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Since: Feb 07
#4 Apr 18, 2010
i think the bears should go back to their old school ways and run the ball about 70% and attempt the pass the remaining 30. theyve got the backs to run it. with a qb who throws to the wrong team so often i would think they would get that run game going and try stick with it. they do NOT have the recievers required for a pass happy martz offense. you need precise route running and they cannot do that. run the ball. play stiff D. thats how the bears used to get it done so get back to it. still wont be better than the vikes but its a start lol
Since: Apr 08
#5 Apr 22, 2010
They should of brought Martz in when they had Rex Grossman who had decent WR's at the time and a rocket arm (that misfired alot but..still)
The Bears WR corp now may surprise some ppl this year so i wouldnt discount them yet.
The running game has improved by adding Chester to the mix.
The defense has improved with peppers and in injuried players returning--
Tommy Harris did not get injured last year or have surgery this offseason, that can be promising.
Biggest glaring whole i see is the o-line if you ask me--and thats a biggie.
#6 Apr 23, 2010
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