I’m not sure if the headline “No Seven Step Drops for Bears This Season” is supposed to be a joke or if it’s real. Second year right tackle Gabe Carimi was making an appearance Sirius XM NFL Radio and told hosts Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi that the Bears have gotten rid of all the 7-step drops from their playbook.
#Bears RT Gabe Carimi says 7-step QB drops are out in new Mike Tice offense. Should help the o-line protect & Jay Cutler from getting hit
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) July 1, 2012
By all accounts, the Bears have shredded Mike Martz’s old playbook and removed the plays that threatened to get Jay Cutler killed but what if there’s a 3rd and 20 (no thanks to a J’Marcus Webb holding penalty) and the Bears need to convert to keep a scoring drive alive? I get that the Bears need to greatly cut down on the seven step drops, but do you really think they won’t have a 7-step drop to try to get downfield?
If Tice did take all the 7-step drops out of the playbook, I think it’s a bit of a knee jerk reaction and shows little faith in the group he helped put together. Shouldn’t they at least see what this group can do before completely bailing?