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Mike Tice wants two 1,000-yard backs this season

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Much of the focus on the Bears offense this offseason has been on the passing game.

The additions of Brandon Marshal and Alshon Jeffery at wide receiver creates good reason for that, but it might be premature to say that the Bears are going to go away from running the ball a lot. When Michael Bush visited the Bears before signing with them, he got a pretty good indication from offensive coordinator Mike Tice that running will still be a big part of the offense.

Tice recounted how close the 2006 Jaguars — Tice was assistant head coach on Jack Del Rio’s staff — came to having two 1,000-yard rushers in Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew and let Bush know that he’d like to see the Bears become the seventh team in history to do the trick.

“He said he wanted to do it and I said, ‘Well, you got the right two people,'” Bush said, via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Bush and Matt Forte are both capable of reaching the 1,000-yard plateau on their own, so it’s not the most outlandish goal to set. It’s a difficult one to achieve, especially when you’ve got the makings of a pretty good passing attack, but the Bears should be able to realize plenty of benefits from their backfield even if they don’t wind up fulfilling Tice’s dream.

A strong running game would help Jay Cutler throw the ball more effectively and a good passing game would make life easier for the running backs. If the Bears strike that balance, their offense should be very good regardless of the final numbers for Bush and Forte.

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17 Responses to “Mike Tice wants two 1,000-yard backs this season”
  1. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:40 AM

    From one extreme to the next…..#ChicagoBearsFootball

  2. holdsteady76 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:41 AM

    Not a Bears fan at all, but if they get good play from their Offensive line and corner backs there is no reason they shouldn’t challenge for the division and a super bowl…even with Mike Tice as their coach.

  3. wayne1693 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:49 AM

    Mike Tice’s imprint on the Bears’ offense may be the most important factor in getting them to the play-offs this year.

  4. howiefeltersnatch says: Aug 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    That’s real nice, no mention of the last two backs to do just that. You only mention the two guys who came *close* to it.

    War Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner being the last two 1,000 yard rushers.

  5. kidpresentable says: Aug 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    “Tice recounted how close the 2006 Jaguars…came to having two 1,000-yard rushers in Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew and let Bush know that he’d like to see the Bears become the seventh team in history to do the trick.”

    How’s that make you feel, Bears fans? Not only does Mike Tice aspire to be more like an 8-8 Jaguars team, he’s aspiring to be better at an archaic aspect of the game in a pass-first league while the Bears have their best QB-WR combination in years. Oh, also, Mike Tice is your offensive coordinator.

  6. daviericky says: Aug 24, 2012 10:10 AM

    Let’s not forget that 1/4 of their games are played against Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. I’d say pounding the ball to keep it out of their hands would be a pretty nice benefit as well.

  7. phuriousjorge says: Aug 24, 2012 10:22 AM

    Still can’t believe that we actually have a dangerous offense. Yet to be proven tho.

  8. purpleguy says: Aug 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    Did a real Bear fan just say “Mike Tice’s imprint on the Bears’ offense will be the reason they get to the playoffs this year”, or did I miss the sarcasm font? Based on firsthand experience with the Vikes in years past and watching the Bears’ O-line last year, Tice certainly won’t be the primary reason the Bears make the playoffs. Maybe the reason they get cheap tickets, but this season is on Cutler’s shoulders.

  9. chi01town says: Aug 24, 2012 10:49 AM

    Im sure LOVIE will pass the football first too gain a lead on the score board an use a good running game to keep his defense on the bench an chew up the clock. Cutler just fired Martz for trying to get him killed out there. an Lovie & Tice will be next if Cutler dont get to pass the ball to his NEW weapons

  10. gbmickey says: Aug 24, 2012 11:30 AM

    Welcome to the Tice’s 2012 version of his Randy ratio. With that line 2 one thousand rushers…really?

  11. pilot2011 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:24 PM

    umm…..

    Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart did it 4 years ago.

    1,100 yards each.

  12. chi01town says: Aug 24, 2012 12:48 PM

    The coaching staff in Chicago knows that this is a one shot deal they need a deep playoff run or a superbowl win to keep there jobs. Lovie & Emery has put on a nice show but Emery will want his own Coach if Chicago dont go DEEP INTO the playoffs

  13. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 24, 2012 1:35 PM

    Last year, that same exact line (and their back-ups) paved the way for 2,000 yds rushing, and that was even without Forte toward the end.

    They even made Bell look good, who just got released, so 2,000 yds with Forte and Bush is not inconceivable.

    It would also rest the vet D and keep Rodgers, AP and Megatron off the field.

  14. dukemarc says: Aug 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    pilot2011 says:
    Aug 24, 2012 12:24 PM
    umm…..

    Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart did it 4 years ago.

    1,100 yards each.
    ———————-

    And the team went 8-8 which isn’t getting you in the NFC playoffs this year – unless the NFC West decides to blow chunks again.

  15. nolahxc says: Aug 24, 2012 3:22 PM

    pilot2011 says:
    Aug 24, 2012 12:24 PM
    umm…..

    Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart did it 4 years ago.

    1,100 yards each.

    ————-

    Not under Tice.

  16. respectgsh says: Aug 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    They will get off the bus running the football. Great idea considering the O-line can’t pass block and Cutler represents their only chance at a title. Should have got a LT but that chance is now gone.

  17. chazatlas says: Aug 24, 2012 8:03 PM

    Only in Carolina my friend, only in Carolina.

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