3 trends that continued with Bill Lazor calling Chicago Bears plays
Run Early, Run Often
Fans have been clamoring to run the ball more and stick with the run for years. Over the past two weeks, they have finally got their wish. Looking at just the first half of games to determine precisely what the game plan is and avoid comebacks or leading situations, the Bears have been the most run-heavy team in the NFL the past two weeks.
In the first three games, the Bears threw the ball on 54% of their first-half snaps. On first and second down, they were 50/50 split.
In the past two weeks, they have elected to throw 40% of the time. That includes just 36% on first and second down. From 54% to 40, and from 50% to 36%, we see a pretty deep drop-off for the team. As noted, when you add in the second half and that they have led each game, the rate goes from 51% pass the first three games to 34% in the past two.
Whether this is Bill Lazor, a collaborative effort, or possibly the fact that they got two teams at the right time, these are things we knew the Bears needed to do, and now they are doing them.