Chicago Bears Offense Must Develop Killer Instinct

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Here’s the sequence at the end of the first half of the Week 6 win over the Giants.  It was a poorly executed sequence and could have been really costly for the Bears:

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) rushes the ball against the New York Giants during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

2nd and 1 from NY 43 (1:59) Forte runs off left guard for no gain.

3rd and 1 from NY 43 (1:11) Michael Bush off right guard for 2 yards.

1st and 10 from NY 41 (0:39) Cutler to Brandon Marshall for 13 yards.

1st and 10 from NY 28 (0:16) Cutler to Matt Forte for 6 yards

Time Out

2nd and 4 from NY 24 (0:11) Cutler pass intended for Earl Bennett in back of end zone incomplete

3rd and 4 from NY 24 (0:06) Robbie Gould’s 40 yard field goal is GOOD.

Bears 24 – Giants 14

The Bears got points out of the drive, but when you consider that the Bears had the ball at the Giants 43 with 2 minutes left, you’d think they would get more than 1 shot at the end zone.  This is where they mismanaged the clock and looked uncharacteristically disorganized.

They blew 48 second between their second down attempt and Michael Bush’s third down conversion.  They went on burn another 32 seconds to get from the 3rd down conversion to the first down throw to Marshall.  Marshall was tackled in bounds and the Bears burned another 23 seconds to get the next pass play off to Matt Forte before they finally spent their last time out.

I watched the end of the Patriots-Saints game on Sunday and watching Brady execute the 2-minute offense, leading his team to a decisive score was impressive.  In order for the Bears to develop that killer instinct and not waste opportunities and leave points on the field, they need to sharpen this up.




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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.