Thanks mostly to a mish-mashed O-line that’s been in a constant state of flux, the Bears have generated the 27th best rushing game in the league…despite having a duo of backs capable of producing Top 10 numbers.
I know what you’re thinking – with 8 weeks left to play, there’s still room for the line to grow and for the Bears to see significant improvement. But surely you’ve considered…
1) The Bears’ mediocre performances against 3 of the worst rush defenses in the league so far:
- Buffalo (32nd) – 105 yards
- Detroit (27th) – 101 yards
- Dallas (24th) – 38 yards
2) In their remaining 8 games, the Bears will have 5 tilts vs. Top 16 rush defenses, including:
- Jets – 4th best
- Minnesota (twice) – 7th best
- Philadelphia – 12th best
3) Mike Martz has never been a big fan of sticking with the run, especially when it’s not working early. Sure, he may have been a little more patient in St. Louis when he had future Hall of Famers at Running Back (Marshall Faulk) and Left Tackle (Orlando Pace), and not to mention the aerial threat of another HOFer, QB Kurt Warner. But with question marks across his current line, Martz is more likely to lean on the right arm of his talented QB rather than settle for a 2-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust running game.
The 2008 Steelers dispelled the notion that champions had to have a formidable rushing offense. But they also had a Hall of Fame defensive coordinator (Dick LaBeau) and a Super Bowl-winning QB (Big Ben).
The Bears have…well, you know…