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The Bears offense is awful in so many different ways

J. cutler1.jpg“Halftime adjustments” is a generally overrated concept because coaches are making plenty of adjustments before and after halftime anyway.

Still, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz may want to adjust whatever it is he’s doing at the intermission.  Chicago has been outscored 22-0 in the third quarter this year.  Yep, not a single point.

“Believe me, we’re working to correct that,” Bears coach Lovie Smith
said via the Chicago Sun-Times. “And we’re getting closer. … We’re going to continue to work. I
just think the odds say we’re going to get that part taken care of.”

Yes, the odds do say the Bears will score in the third quarter this year.  Some other fun signs of the Bears offensive ineptitude:

1. The Bears failed on 28 straight third down conversion attempts before Jay Cutler completion to Devin Hester midway through the third quarter Sunday. 

2. Chicago is converting 17.9% of third downs, less than half the league average.  The next worst team is 25.3%.

3. The Bears turned the ball over five straight times against the Redskins, the first team to do that since the 2000 Rams.  (Guess who was the coordinator.)

4. The Bears have allowed 31 sacks this year.  The next closest team has allowed 21.

5. The Redskins said the Bears offense had a ridiculously easy tell for many of their plays on Sunday.  Albert Haynesworth just watched to see which Bears offensive players were talking amongst themselves before the play.  Of course.

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38 Responses to “The Bears offense is awful in so many different ways”
  1. tig 0 bitties says: Oct 26, 2010 4:13 PM

    Wait i thought the bears were the best team in the NFC? at least thats what I was told by some of dem bears fans.

  2. football genius says: Oct 26, 2010 4:13 PM

    Martz offense does not work in the NFL. Period.

  3. NinerDynasty says: Oct 26, 2010 4:15 PM

    If this offense is awful, what would you categorize the niners offsense? LOL

  4. steve2e says: Oct 26, 2010 4:16 PM

    Great match for the Vikings Offense.
    Great news, Childress could get fired!
    Fire Childress

  5. seanx says: Oct 26, 2010 4:17 PM

    If someone blocked once in a while, they would be a lot better. Cutler may be a schmuck, but he is a decent player. When he isn’t getting killed.
    8 sacks in one half. 8. I would have quit.

  6. NFLJunkie says: Oct 26, 2010 4:18 PM

    Still, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz may want to adjust whatever it is he’s doing at the intermission.
    Mike Martz? Adjust? Does he even know what that word means?

  7. jpnl says: Oct 26, 2010 4:19 PM

    “they have a reputation that’s mostly built on luck ’cause the Bears still suck.”

  8. EVH12345 says: Oct 26, 2010 4:23 PM

    “2. Chicago is converting 17.9% of third downs, less than half the league average. The next worst team is 25.3%. ”
    So what’s the league average?

  9. SirSuperSouthern says: Oct 26, 2010 4:31 PM

    Every problem the Bears have on offense could easily be solved by running the ball more often. A lot more often. Which means they’ll never figure it out…

  10. laxcoach says: Oct 26, 2010 4:32 PM

    Will Martz ever get another NFL shot?
    Detroit… sucked and was a malcontent who was vocal about wanting another HC job.
    49ers… took over an offense on the upswing (after 1 year under Norv Turner) and they sucked. He was so bad that Singletary fired him and replaced him with someone just as bad who a) will run occassionally and b) won’t get his QB killed every 4 plays.
    Now the Bears. Good run offense when he gets there. Now? Nothing. The only running involves a QB running for his life.
    The man is a QB killer on par with Steve Spurrier.

  11. DeluxeReverb says: Oct 26, 2010 4:32 PM

    Don’t forget about how the receivers run the wrong route or just give up on the route. Johnny Knox never knows what he is supposed to be doing.

  12. Bears_Beets_Battlestar says: Oct 26, 2010 4:33 PM

    @ football genius.
    His offense doesn’t work in the NFL? Then how would you describe his offense winning the Super Bowl?
    It certainly doesn’t work with the group the Bears have now, but a general statement like that is just retarded.

  13. garywizard says: Oct 26, 2010 4:42 PM

    The key to Mike Martz is that you have to give him some time … Detroit would be a winner now if they had kept him around …
    You guys would fire everyone …

  14. NFLJunkie says: Oct 26, 2010 4:43 PM

    The Bears have a horrible offensive line and a bunch of below average receivers. I don’t think this should all be pinned on Martz.

  15. tony325 says: Oct 26, 2010 4:52 PM

    The man is a QB killer on par with Steve Spurrier.
    _________________
    I agree… The only reason Mike Martz got to where he is today is because of 1 guy…
    We didn’t realize at the time how good Kurt Warner was… He got rid of the ball with such a rhythm & the timing of “The Fastest Show on Turf” was so good, it hid all of Mike Martz’s offensive flaws. His offense with less talent is now nothing better/worse than Steve Spurrier’s.

  16. sullijo says: Oct 26, 2010 4:54 PM

    Has anybody noticed that it appears that Cutler would rather hold the ball and take a sack vs. throw it away or risk an Int?
    I think he doesn’t want to hurt his own stats and wants to get everybody thinking that it’s not him, it’s the O-line.
    His plan kept his INTs at only 4 last weekend….good job Jay!

  17. heyguru says: Oct 26, 2010 4:55 PM

    I was watching the game and I saw Martz adjust twice. Once he just kind of rolled it on his own, but the other time he reached down with his left hand, grabbed his cup, and clearly scooted it left to right about 3/4 of an inch. The man came up smiling, so some truths are universal. Thankfully for him, he wasn’t going vertical at the time…

  18. Tim Couch says says: Oct 26, 2010 4:56 PM

    Their defense isn’t far behind. Looks to me like 5-11 or 6-10.

  19. 18ALLDAY says: Oct 26, 2010 4:56 PM

    Even if the coordinator is bad and the play calling isn’t he best you can overcome some of this with a good solid leader. Jay Cutler seems to concerned with how he looks than adapting, studying the defense while on the sideline, or showing any resembelance of a leader. All he does is strut onto the field twitching his shoulder like some d-bag. He reminds me of the overly obnoxious, too cool for school, athlete character in a bad teen movie who ends up getting replaced by the hardworking but dorky and less popular backup.

  20. gurnblanston says: Oct 26, 2010 4:57 PM

    Martz caught lightning in a bottle with Kurt Warner. He worked his vodoo on a team Dick Vermeil sent through the fire, emerging with a talented, disciplined group. The records and the championship can never be taken away. But, as a head coach and a coordinator since that magical team, Martz is the same old story. Unbelievable pig-headedness in his approach is his signature. Cutler should get a mysterious ailment worthy of IR in an attempt to save himself from Martz and his career-killing offense.
    Martz reminds me of that old Norv Turner quote, delivered after yet another humiliating Redskins loss, “What we do works.” Turner has even out-Martzed Martz in turning the great fortune of overseeing a truly great team of truly great pieces (Turner riding Johnson, Aikman, Irvin, Smith, etc., to three titles; Martz riding Vermeil, Warner, Faulk, Holt, etc.) into a career of bamboozling desperate owners and general managers.
    Good luck, Bear fan. Good luck, Charger fan. Good luck, whichever fan has to endure one of these guys in the future. Trust me, I feel your pain.
    P.S. The above should in no way discourage Jerry Jones from hiring Norv Turner the minute he is let go by the Chargers. Hail!

  21. 4ever19 says: Oct 26, 2010 4:59 PM

    Martz’s offense won’t work because it has the worng QB. Cutler is this century’s Jeff George – million dollar arm, 10 cent brain, 5 cent heart. Cutler just does not care. He picks up his check and checks his heart at the door.

  22. Zaggs says: Oct 26, 2010 5:02 PM

    “4. The Bears have allowed 31 sacks this year. The next closest team has allowed 21″
    To be fair almost half of those came from 1 game.

  23. OrtonsNeckBeard says: Oct 26, 2010 5:13 PM

    Someone needs to tell Martz that Jay Cutler is not Kurt Warner, Matt Forte is not Marshall Faulk, and all of the Bear receivers combined are not Issac Bruce. Martz’s offense has not ever worked without those guys.

  24. Juttster says: Oct 26, 2010 5:17 PM

    The Mckaskeys should be embaressed…. Jerry Angelo should be fired as soon as possible.
    Yea, I’m gonna pay for the Sunday Ticket: Bear fans should just not show up for a game. Jerry, Ted, Lovie, and not to mention Martz.. Bear fans deserve better……..

  25. oxycode30 says: Oct 26, 2010 5:31 PM

    All that and we still top the NFC North…go figure!
    With an injury depleted team in Green Bay and a BiQueeens squad led by a very Gimp 41 year old gunslinger we’ll win the thing and see you in the post-season.

  26. riichiie says: Oct 26, 2010 5:31 PM

    # Zaggs says: October 26, 2010 5:02 PM
    “4. The Bears have allowed 31 sacks this year. The next closest team has allowed 21″
    To be fair almost half of those came from 1 game.
    ————————————————
    I didn’t realize 10 was half of 31.
    I swear the education system in this country is horrid…

  27. beedubya says: Oct 26, 2010 5:35 PM

    “Has anybody noticed that it appears that Cutler would rather hold the ball and take a sack vs. throw it away or risk an Int?”
    Huh? Ask DeAngelo Hall how that worked out last Sunday.

  28. Jservo says: Oct 26, 2010 5:53 PM

    Come on….everyone who knows the Bears really knew that the 4 -0 record wouldn’t hold. It was only a matter of time until the luck, and the Defense and SpTeams ran out. The media are the ones that gave Bears fans a false sense of hope. They will really be lucky to hit .500 this year. Maybe it IS time for a new HCoach….Chucky? Cowher? need a job?

  29. CYGNUS X-1 says: Oct 26, 2010 6:02 PM

    did anybody see the drive before the end of the first half?how about the drive to start the second half?that was impressive untill the bears were screwed on cutler’s sneak. if the bears had scored there they win the game as the skins could not stop them on that drive. they can talk all the crap they want but realy how tough is to stop the openent when they keep giving you the ball?face it hall and the rest of you losers the bears gave you the game,your offense did not do squat against the bears after the first quartrer so I would not be talking if I were you. as bad as the bears look they are still better than with turner calling the plays. cutler just has to not throw the ball right at the defender and they will be fine. it has nothing to do with not being able to run,they did not run on that drive to start the second half and marched down the field.

  30. DaVikes says: Oct 26, 2010 6:08 PM

    From the linked article — “Jay Cutler was intercepted four times by DeAngelo Hall. The cornerback apparently didn’t especially impress Cutler.
    “If we had to play them tomorrow,” Cutler said, “I’d still go after him every time we could.”
    Maybe then Hall would get six picks. Cutler really is an idiot.

  31. Mike Daly says: Oct 26, 2010 6:34 PM

    I’m still amazed anyone thought Jay Cutler or Mike Martz warrant being on an NFL field. Cutler has always been a volume-stats quarterback who refuses to work with his teammates, throws them under the bus for his own stupidity, and has no ability to improve, while Martz has always been an inept coach whose offenses get players knocked out instead of into the endzone. That the Bears are anywhere near playoff contention right now is mind-blowing.

  32. cadillacjosh says: Oct 26, 2010 6:42 PM

    # riichiie says: October 26, 2010 5:31 PM
    # Zaggs says: October 26, 2010 5:02 PM
    “4. The Bears have allowed 31 sacks this year. The next closest team has allowed 21″
    To be fair almost half of those came from 1 game.
    ——————– ——————– ——–
    I didn’t realize 10 was half of 31.
    I swear the education system in this country is horrid…
    ——————————-
    10 is almost 15. Did you even bother to look at what he wrote? Almost half of those did come from 1 game. JEEBUS
    Aaanyway. The o-line is just terrible. Cutler looks a lot like Rodgers with the Packers o-line last year. How many sacks did they have in the first half 40-something? Cutler is holding on to the ball too long, just the same.
    I dont think the recievers are really that bad as much as Cutler is really at his worst when a team rushes 4 and drops into coverage. That was Rodger’s worst sacks last year too. Just to clarify I’m not saying they’re the same guy at all, Rodgers has obviously put up back to back great seasons.
    If the o-line can get settled the Bears can contend with anyone. The D was still pretty good the last 2 games without Briggs. He’ll be healthy after the bye and that’ll make things a lot better.
    With the injury ravaged Packers and the Vikings who just cant seem to put anything together and the vastly improved but still cant win Lions, the Bears have just as much chance as anyone in the NFC North.

  33. NFLJunkie says: Oct 26, 2010 7:11 PM

    NFLJunkie says:
    October 26, 2010 4:43 PM
    The Bears have a horrible offensive line and a bunch of below average receivers. I don’t think this should all be pinned on Martz.

    Unless this site allows multiple users with the same screenname, then I want to know about this PFT feature that posts comments automatically for you if you just think something. (Because I did not post this the old fashioned way.)
    That telepathic comment generator missed the part where I was thinking that the fact Martz continues to try and stubbornly run his system despite a horrible offensive line and a questionable group of WRs probably explains why he’s bounced around the league so much since his head got too big for the Rams to put up with.

  34. Ditka says: Oct 26, 2010 8:03 PM

    It all starts with Jerry Angelo terrible drafting he makes Millen look like a genius. Fire Jerry today!!!

  35. bergthe1st says: Oct 26, 2010 9:25 PM

    “3. The Bears turned the ball over five straight times against the Redskins, the first team to do that since the 2000 Rams. (Guess who was the coordinator.) ”
    ——————————————————–
    I don’t remember who the O coordinator was for the 2000 Rams. But the head coach was Mike Martz.

  36. WorldChampionBears2009 says: Oct 27, 2010 12:35 AM

    Anybody know where Lovie Smith is in all this?

  37. comment_submission_error says: Oct 27, 2010 8:18 PM

    Cutler looks like a serial killer. I’ve seen stronger chins on a turtle.

  38. Rex Grossman says: Oct 27, 2010 8:38 PM

    Here’s another fantastic Bears stat:
    The Bear’s offense have had 10 plays from the 1 yard line or closer this year. They have scored 0 touchdowns in those 10 plays. But in those 10 plays have had 3 turnovers.
    Enough said.

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