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Chicago Bears Offense Must Develop Killer Instinct

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Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s become clear that the Chicago Bears will need their offense to pull their weight and probably a little bit of the defense’s too.  Call it payback for decades-long imbalance and the defense carrying the burden for winning games lo these many years.  Marc Trestman was brought in to fix the Chicago Bears offense and there are signs of life coming from that side of the ball, but they clearly have a long way to go.  One thing the offense needs to do to take the next step in their growth is to develop a killer instinct.

The Bears cannot sit back and cling to a 4 or 5 point lead and expect the defense to hunker down and protect that lead.  Mel Tucker might be able to make some mid-season adjustments to try to navigate around the pile of bodies lost for the season, but the 2013 Chicago Bears defense isn’t going to be the reason this team gets into the playoffs.  No, instead, the offense is going to have to outscore teams and in order to do that, they’re going to need to step on the opponent’s throat and put them away offensively.

The offense has been steadily improving but there have been a few instances when it seemed to be really disorganized – the hurry up offense.  That aspect must improve if they’re going to pick up the slack for the defense.  I’ve noticed this on a few occasions over the first few weeks, but took special notice at the end of the first half against the Giants.  Even the announcers noticed.

It looked like Jay Cutler had picked up a first down on a scramble and slide, but ended up being marked short of the line to gain.  The Bears take over with 1:59 in the half at the 43 yard line armed with one time out. 

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Topics: Chicago Bears, Hurry-up Offense, Jay Cutler, Offense

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  • Wisdom Speaks

    I’ve noticed that the Bears hurry up
    offense seems to be in no hurry to hurry up the offense when they are running
    their hurry up offense or should be running their hurry up offense. You
    would think when they were down more than 19 points to the Detroit Lions
    starting the 4th quarter they would have started their hurry offense much
    sooner. The Bears offense was just going through the motions until they
    were only down 8 points. They pulled out the same no hurry offense when
    they were down to the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter of that game
    until it was too late. Down more than two touch downs to the Saints, the
    Bears were content to allow the last 27 seconds of the third quarter to expire
    without running a play. At the time, I thought those were 27 seconds that
    the Bears were going to need towards the end of the game since it was clear the
    defense was having a hard time stopping the Saints offense. As it turns
    out, I was right. Those extra 27 seconds
    were needed to pull out a victory against the Saints. But, this is just
    me, a fan thinking ahead as I’m watching the game progress. Those who are
    paid to no know these things always make me wonder if they sometime realize
    what’s unfolding in front of their eyes. In sports, there are those who know
    the X’s and O’s and there are those who are more perceptive than others.
    I would like to see the Bears coaches be as perceptive as their ability
    to know the X’s and O’s.

    • BearGogglesOn

      I noted in the Lions, Saints and Giants games as well. I don’t know if it’s on Cutler or Trestman or a combination, but it takes a lifetime to get on the ball and snap it. Maybe Trestman is less likely to spike the ball since they only had three downs in Canada.

      I was especially frustrated in the Giants game because I felt like you had a chance to put an opponent away by halftime with a TD. I thought settling for field goals was from an era gone by.

  • David Davis

    I noticed the exact same thing, we should have scored 2 more TD’s at least but our O didn’t seem to care about it, that will hurt our chances of even making the playoffs if someone doesn’t light a bonfire under our O.