Hooray! Football is back.
And with the Chicago Bears going down to Charlotte Friday night to compete against the Carolina Panthers, the Bears march towards the regular season began in earnest. With a countdown to Sept. 8 when the games truly matter, hope has sprung anew in the Windy City. It would also seem that now more than any other recent incarnation of the Bears that this season with an offensive-minded Marc Trestman now running the show, that the offense will actually be productive.
Now, for as long as I can remember, the Bears have never, ever, had a complex offensive scheme that’s worked in Chicago. Sure, a few seasons ago the Bears brought in Mike Martz, and his personnel-unfriendly Greatest Show on Turf. The long and short of the matter, is that Martz didn’t last in Chicago much the same as Ron Turner and Mike Tice did not. So where does that leave current offensive coordinator, Aaron Kromer? Well, if the Bears very first offensive series is any indication, he’ll be run out of town by season’s end.
So, if you missed the game or just need a reminder, on the very first play on offense, Jay Cutler threw an interception. That’s the last thing any Bears fan wants to see. It’s too much of a reminder of past errors involving the team’s offense. If the Bears are to convert from a run-first offense to one that chucks the pigskin around the field, then Cutler can’t toss a pick on the offense’s first series. Now, I know it’s a small sample size, but the only thing worst than Cutler’s first past from scrimmage being intercepted in the preseason opener was the atrocious customer service at Hub 51 on 51 W. Hubbard Ave., in downtown Chicago.
Personal offences aside, in 10 plays for the first-team offense, the Bears production was substandard. With three more preseason games before the opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Trestman and company need to remember that outside of Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte is possibly their best offensive weapon. The Bears maybe trying to evolve into a passing team, but an emphasis on the run needs to occur soon. If not, the hope that the city has with the offense will quickly turn to expletives on sports talk radio.