It’s hard to believe that the owners of the 28th ranked offense in the league were playoff contenders last season, but remarkably enough, the Chicago Bears were. The offense was slow, unreliable, and it was marred by three-and-outs, turnovers, sacks, and a general inability to produce. It isn’t hard to remember the many times the defense recovered the ball inside the opponent’s 20 yard line, or when the Bears were given a short field to score on and simply could not get the job done. Frankly, the Bears’ offensive ineptitude is what cost the Bears a playoff spot and what ultimately cost Lovie Smith his job.
With all of that said, it is totally fair to expect a new look offense from the Bears this season.
Most importantly, coaching styles have changed. With the arrival of head coach Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, the Bears have swapped traditionally defensive-minded staff members in favor of offensive juggernauts. Trestman, for one, was the mind behind the Montreal Alouettes’ hugely successful offensive scheme in the CFL. Kromer was the offensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints, and also served as offensive coordinator and interim head coach. But what do these additions mean for the Bears?
Simply, without any changes in personnel, the Bears will be better schematically this season. They will adopt a less run-heavy offense and certainly find productive ways to use Matt Forte and Michael Bush out of the backfield. Brandon Marshall should continue to be a force in the passing game, but other receivers will be creatively integrated to take pressure off of Marshall and to exploit defensive mismatches.The new offense will almost certainly be audible friendly, and allow Jay Cutler to change plays after diagnosing defensive alignments and evaluating matchups. There should be better protection and a new, zone-based blocking scheme in the run game. The passing game should improve significantly, and Jay Cutler will be utilized to his fullest extent. With the caliber of receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks the Bears have, offensive production should not be difficult to achieve.
Even without the Bears’ draft picks and recent acquisitions, it should be expected that the Bears offense come out as powerful as ever for the 2013 season.
Jake Wittenberg is a writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter here.