Coming into the 2012 season, the Chicago Bears were expected to finally have a legitimate top offense. On paper the Bears looked formidable; Jay Cutler was coming off a good season, Matt Forte was one of the best backs in the league last year, Phil Emery acquired a top five talent in WR Brandon Marshall, and also added Alshon Jeffery in the draft who was a prolific WR back at South Carolina.
Fast-forward to December and the Bears’ offense has been an utter disappointment. The Bears rank 29th and 28th in yards and passing yards heading into this Sunday. Their team rank 12th in rushing yards, but on the flipside of that, Forte is having his worst year as a Pro and Michael Bush has been a bust free agency signing thus far.
The lack of talent on the offensive line, Forte deciding to have a letdown season at the wrong time, and Cutler playing uneven throughout the season have all played a factor in the Bears offensive atrocity. You can certainly put most of the blame on Mike Tice as Cutler and Forte’s regression this season has come under his watch.
The Bears need to go in a new direction; getting rid of Lovie Smith plays a part in that considering it was his decision to promote Tice to offensive coordinator despite his lack of experience at the position. You also have to factor in his shoddy record picking offensive coordinators in his tenure. If the Bears come up short for a second consecutive season, Smith and this coaching staff are likely out.
That means the Bears have a chance to get a proven offensive mind in the off-season. One guy that should be on the top of Bears wish list is Sean Payton, who is one of the leagues prolific offensive minds. Jon Gruden is another guy that should interest fans; he’s the type of tough minded coach that could get through to Cutler or mold a young QB to a franchise one. Or the Bears can go after someone like Bill O’Brien, Jay Gruden, or Mike McCoy; former and current offensive coordinators who are looking to take that next step and become an NFL head coach.
The Bears are on the verge for the second season in a row of falling short because of the offense. If it happens, Emery certainly has to address this issue in the off-season.