Smith, Martz and Tice playing nice... for now

mike martz, mike tice

The Bears brought in Chester Taylor this offseason to spell Matt Forte
and help carry the load not sit on the bench for most of the game.
Taylor's 49 touches (carries and receptions) compared to Forte's 101
touches. While Forte is an exceptional pass catcher, Taylor possesses
the nearly the skill and is a better at running between the tackles.

If the Bears don't make a concerted effort to run the ball against the Redskins this Sunday, a change in the play calling assortment could happen, especially with the bye next week. Running the ball will balance the offense and take the pressure off the offensive line and keep Jay Cutler upright.

Mike Martz has improved every offense he's touched so he deserves the benefit of the doubt. If the Bears continue to struggle, Lovie Smith will need to step in and reel Martz back in.

In a Q & A session with Adam Oestmann (@BearsTwit), my colleague at BearsHibernation.com, Sean Jansen from the Chicago Sun Times weighed in on the current state of the Bears and the relationship between Lovie Smith, Mike Martz and Mike Tice.

AO: We know Lovie and Martz have a long-standing relationship dating
back to their days in St. Louis, but it's hard to get a read on their
relationship here in Chicago. From your vantage point, do you see a
potential scheme conflict between Martz, Lovie and even Tice?

SJ: It sounds like everyone is playing nice now. But, Lovie has
continually stressed the importance of running the ball. So has Tice.
Martz has said that too, but he hasn't shown it with his game-planning.
The problem is, relying on the pass is a part of Martz's M.O. They are
4-2, so I don't think anyone is panicking. But, the goodwill will soon
run out, unless Martz starts to show some progress.

To read the full report go to Chicago Bears Blog BearsHibernation.com.

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