Chicago Bears’ Offensive Production: Fact or Fiction
The mysteries of the Marc Trestman‘s offense stand revealed … at least for a week.
In the Week 1 Chicago Bears victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Jay Cutler and the offensive unit played the bulk of the game out of the shotgun set with three or four receivers accompanying the quarterback on the field. As a Bears fanatic, I’m not use too seeing this out of the team’s offense. What I’m use to is the I-formation with dual tight ends, a traditional blocking fullback and a feature back that gets 20-plus touches a game.
However, time waits for no one. That sentiment held major sway for the Bears organization when making the change from a defensive-minded head coach to and offensive-minded one.
One game into the season, and the organization’s faith in Trestman appears to have been validated. There were a few noticeable difference between last year’s offensive squad and the current one, and that starts up front. With four new starters on the o-line (with two of them being rookies), the hogs up front challenged the likes of Geno Atkins and Rey Maualuga.
The collective might of the Bears’ o-line rose to the occasion and kept Cutler upright and injury-free through 60-minutes of football. This in itself was a revelation.
The second possible sign of change occurred during the fourth quarter. The Bears entered the final 15 minutes of the game down by 11 points. Now, in season’s past, due to a lack of offensive consistency, a double-digit deficit would have resulted in a loss.
However, maybe it’s due to Trestman’s calming influence, or maybe it’s that Cutler has finally grown as a leader, but the team’s offense looked sharp in the second half. Spreading the ball around on both the drive that cut the lead from 11 to four as well as the drive that ultimately won the game, Cutler and the offense showed a few opposing teams that they might pay for turning the ball over or giving the Bears offense a short field to work with.
With a Week 2 divisional matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears’ offense has a real chance to build upon the things they did well, as well as shoring up problems in the offensive production — namely, the ineptitude of the run game. Trestman appears to have his stamp on this team through one game; however, it’s only one game and the NFL season is a marathon, not a sprint.