Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

No Huddle Chicago Bears...No Kidding !

If you are not the lead dog (or Bear), the view never changes.

Those words were uttered to me several years ago from my boss, who incidentally was an ex-NFL player. I don’t know where the phrase originated from but it seems to resonate with me. So, as I ponder the potential of this new Bears offense, there is one sign coming out of the early season work outs that really gets me pumped up!

Speed is the thing I am speaking of.  In the NFL, you are either applying the pressure or you are under pressure. Other than the sometimes stellar, though inconsistent, pass rush the Bears apply there are very few moments when I felt like the Bears were applying unrelenting, unstoppable pressure. I certainly have not been witness to an offensive assault that puts opposing defenses on their heels, guessing what the next play, possession or quarter might hold.  It has been as if this Bear had no teeth, had no claws…offensively speaking anyways.

Lovie Smith was content to manage the game and coach his team from a purely defensive perspective.  There is no doubt that his methodology won games.  Take aways and special teams combined with a solid running game would not lose many games.  I have always felt that many, if not most, games are lost rather than won.  I am ready to readjust my thinking as I have never been witness to a Bears team that consistently took the game to opposing defenses on a consistent basis.

Enter Marc Trestman to the mix. Perhaps it is time for all of the methodical running game, followed by predictable play calling and mediocre results to suddenly end. The awakening is at hand Bear fans…like waking up from a bad, recurring dream. Yes Bear fans it is time to rejoice, the nightmare is almost over!

How do I know it? It is actually easy to see in the pace of practice. In sports, I learned long ago that you tend to play like you practice. My personal experience only served to reinforce the notion. What have I heard since OTA’s started? Well, the pace of practice seems to have dramatically sped up.  This alone is a revelation in Beardom.  Poor clock management and an offensive coordinator relaying plays to another offensive coach only to relay the play to Cutler is a recipe for ineptitude.  Heck, it took me over 24 seconds to type that mess!

There is no reason not to believe that the Bears offense will be faster during the regular season as well. I am so ready to see the Bears apply the pressure…To catch the opposing defense in the middle of a substitution for a cheap 5 yards…To hear Cutler barking Attack! Attack! Attack!  To see the team snap the ball when the defense is milling around as Cutler gets 5 or 6 yards on a sneak.  This is the stuff real, big-time offenses do.  Tom Brady, Payton Manning and Drew Brees highlights abound with such feats.  There have been no Bear highlights of such happenings though I hold hope that this will be a thing of the past.

Of all the hype surround Emery and Trestman, the speed of practice is the news that most warms my heart.  There is no doubt in my mind that we Bear fans are about to witness an old Bear learn new tricks.  A Bear that is shaking off decades of hibernation to join the modern age of offense.  I am flush with excitement and the anticipation is truly intoxicating….at least for now.  Like the day before Christmas, we can all wonder and fantasize about passing records falling as Cutler finally reaches his potential.

Every year, it seems the Bears organization does enough to get me excited about the upcoming season.  This year is no different except that the changes are in leadership and is offensive in nature.  This alone is very different from what we have seen in a long time.  If speed kills, then the Bears should be Lion killers this year.  The Vikings should be very  afraid and yes, even the Packers, might lose their throne.

So Bear fans…is this the year of the Bear?


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  • Orestes Papazisis

    “Of all the hype *surround*[sic] Emery and Trestman, the speed of practice is the news that most warms my heart.”

    For all the hackneyed cliches, stilted rhetorical questions, and weaving in and out of awkward styles peppered with clumsy prepositional phrases, doesn’t writing just *really* come alive when you don’t have to sweat the parts of speech?


    • bearisity

      Regardless of what happens this is truly a new direction for the bears organization. It just feels they have been going in the right direction since emery has taken the reins. I mean lovie was awesome. But change can be good. I believe in Trestman!!!

    • dbl j

      I was looking forward to dropping my two cents on the content of this article until I read the above comment.

      When did the grammar and spelling Nazi’s show up to this site?
      Are you still bitter the HuffPo didn’t give you that feature on the long term effects of childhood bullying you were hoping for?
      I’m sure it was tough for you (the feature denial and the bullying) but its time to move on.

    • Rob Fagiano-Gleason

      Why dont you write an expose on how not to write? While your at it throw in some more flowery verbage to solidify what a smart and witty person you are!
      Otherwise, Im buying! Great article!

  • Rob Fagiano-Gleason

    For what it is worth, Lovies idea of D wins games is so antiquated, but it is only true if it is done NOT at the expense of other aspects of your team, NAMELY the Offense. I am soooo glad hes gone and we have stepped into the new millenium. How silly do people look if they dont have a cell phone or have a laptop or even a computer in their home. Well that was us with Lovie. I am embarrassed to think of what Lovie used to bring to the field on O? Look at what we have from Emery and look at what Lovie and Angelo trotted onto the field. We still pretty much have the same exact D but we have all of these additions on O??? Is it not enbarassing to think thats what we called an offense?? How is that possible? How can Lovie be so inept? All he needed to do was just a few things with the O line a receiver here and there and you increase your shot at the postseason/SB!! In just his 2nd year, Emery has fully transitioned to a viable offense, and what I think ANY QB in the league needs to have….consistency and leadership for one, an OLine, receivers!!?? Not just a simple “I know what we’ll do… Go get Cutler!” Then completely leave him on an island with no tools and turn your back on him.
    I was optimistic last year with Tice, but soon realized he was just as incapable of leading an offense as Lovie was. Lovie wasted the career of Urlacher and numerous others to boot. But Emery is here now and he has been one of the most important pieces of the Bears since, at least, the 85 Bears, and Im sure will continue to be for years to come. I could see an average season and wouldnt be surprised, just because its the 1st year and its been sweeping changes. BUT, with pretty much the same people we have plus an actual, real life, knowledgeable OC/QB whisperer in Trestman, I think that we suprise a lot of people. Ill say a 12 win season, tie or lose the division, and 2nd round of the playoffs!

    • Dr. Johnny Nacho

      very nice comment….& even had an 85′ Bears reference!