Offense needs to pick up the slack for defense

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The 4th Phase was pretty confident coming into this game. Against the Panthers, the Bears rushed for 218 yards, the most in a couple decades and won without Jay Cutler.

The game against the Seahawks was supposed to be a cake walk. The Seahawks were ranked 31st in passing defense and it looked like they didn't have any weapons on offense to make a serious threat.

At half time, despite trailing the Seahawks 14-13, I was still pretty confident the Bears were going to pull off the victory but not win any style points. I've heard so many times that the Bears really shouldn't be 4-1 and they should be 1-4 and how they aren't that impressive despite their record.

As the game moved into the 4th quarter, I was getting increasingly frustrated with the play calling and the lack of execution from the offensive line, the running backs and Jay Cutler and lack of awareness to pick up the blitz.

I'm not going to fault the defensive as they were without Lance Briggs
and they were on the field for a majority of the game. In total, the
Bears defense was on the field for 34:23.

At this rate, the Bears will start to see the results of diminishing
return. Because the offense can't stay on the field, the defense will be
forced to make more plays than they already are.

Sure the defense didn't play their best game against the Seahawks, but
for the entire season, they've been keeping the Bears in ball games.
It's time the offense step it up, stay on the field and give the defense
a rest.  

These stats are downright embarrassing.

  • Jay Cutler was 17 for 39 and had a 69.4 quarterback rating.
  • Cutler was sacked 6 times.
  • 12 rushing plays were called for a total of 43 yards. Cutler
    scrambled on 2 plays  for  19 yards. 
  • Offense held the ball for 25:37.
  • Offense was 0-12 on third down conversions. 
  • Bears were 1-3 in the red zone.

The Bears are not going to win ball games like this. Something needs to
be done with the play calling. With Lovie Smith's job on the line this
year, he needs to step in and tighten Mike Martz's leash. Martz is going to
get Cutler killed and wear out the defense.

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