Bears running backs need to improve their pass blocking

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So much has been said about the offensive line and their ability to protect Jay Cutler. While the concerns are valid, they did improve in the later part of last season and protected him relatively well against the Chargers, despite the Chargers blitzing 7 out of 8 plays in the Bears first offensive serious. 

What hasn't been the focus on, is the role of the running backs when it comes to pass blocking. The bottom line is that Matt Forte and Chester Taylor need to improve their pass blocking. My hunch is that it was just rust because both are reliable as Forte is an every down back and Taylor has been a 3rd down back with the Vikings. 
The Bears running backs coach, Tim Spencer, had this to say: 

But Spencer was more concerned with how Chargers cornerback Donald Strickland was able to beat Forte and Taylor on separate plays with an inside move on a blitz. Strickland sacked Jay Cutler on the Bears' opening possession and flushed Caleb Hanie out of the pocket early in the second quarter. 

"We've got some technique issues in pass protection," Spencer said. "We let a little DB fake us out. I thought we had it corrected when we saw it happen the first time to one guy, and then it happened again to another guy. I saw some good things, but those glaring things I did not like. "We're going to throw the ball and [pass blocking] is going to be something that we're going to have to do. We've been doing a pretty good job in training camp and that's why I was a little upset about that. But all that stuff is correctable."
From ChicagoBears.com

Filed under: 4th Phase

Tags: chester taylor, matt forte

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