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Midseason Report: 3 Things We've Learned About the Bears and Offensive Report Card
Posted By: Alex Harris on 11/3/2011
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1.  Matt Forte is a Star

Whether they are playing in the United States or oversees, Forte has made the
transition into a superstar. Last year was a little bit of a scare, but it
looks as if it was an aberration. He is the guy that every opposing defensive
coordinator loses sleep over because of how versatile and explosive he is.
Forte can turn any negative play into a positive and can turn any play into a
touchdown. Those are the kind of weapons that only a few teams in the NFL have.
It is a small fraternity in the league and being a part of it cannot be
downplayed. It’s time to pay this guy.

2.  Bend, but Don’t Break Defense

This is not the daunting Chicago Bears defense of old. Other teams are not
intimidated by them; however, they are doing a good enough job to win football
games. Lovie Smith plays the popularTampa cover 2 defense, so they will give up
some yards, which is apparent by them being 23rd in the league in total yard defense.
Having said that, the defense has forced a good amount of turnovers and has
kept their team in games week in and week out; except for maybe the New Orleans

3.  Jay Cutler has proved his doubters wrong

After everything that happened in the playoffs last year, players and media
members calling him soft and saying he is not a leader, Cutler has proved them
all wrong this year. To be honest, I think he has done an amazing job with what
he has. The Bears have one of the worst offensive lines in the league and he is
without a real number one receiver. Cutler has been knocked down and sacked to
nauseam this year and he keeps getting up. He single handedly kept his football
team in the game on the national stage against Detroit, while being punished by
Suh and company all game. There is nothing pretty about his stats, but with a
nonexistent offensive line and an absence of a number one receiver, Cutler has
played good football.                                                                                                                                                                P.S. The Bears really need to address the wide receiver position in the off-season

Midseason Offensive Report Card:

QB:B                                                                                                                                                             - with the offensive line problems and lack of receivers Cutler has played good football

RB:A                                                                                                                                                             - Forte has been one of the best backs in the league and Barber is averaging 4 yards a carry with 3 touchdowns

WR/TE:D+                                                                                                                                                    - Forte leads the team in receptions by 17, enough said.

OL:D                                                                                                                                                             - Cutler has been sacked 21 times and been under pressure
countless amounts of time. Martz has gone to max protection the
 past couple of weeks, which has helped, but this unit has been abominable

MikeMartz:C-                                                                                                                                                      - His inconsistency has killed the Bears in a few games this year and it has
taken him way too long to figure out he must go to max protect to keep his
quarterback breathing.  He needs to stick with the run throughout games.

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Dave Wolf - 4 years ago
I agree, good take! If the Bears can clean up some thing they will be right in the hunt.