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Mike Martz giving Bears Fans an Aerial Show

Mike Martz was offensive coordinator in 1999 when the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl beating the Tennessee Titans under head coach Dick Vermeil and journeyman Kurt Warner. Vermeil subsequently retired and Martz was promoted to head coach leading the team back to the Super Bowl in 2001 ultimately losing to the New England Patriots. Current Bears coach Lovie Smith was Martz’s defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2003.

Martz’s philosophy is big play offense to put it plain and simple. Kurt Warner thrived in his scheme passing for over 4,000 yards and 30 plus touchdowns in the Super Bowl years. Running back Marshall Faulk put up mind-boggling stats and accumulated over 2,000 all-purpose yards per year under the offense that became known as the “Greatest Show on Turf.”

Thru two games the Chicago Bears rank third in the league in passing. Jay Cutler has put up excellent numbers averaging close to 325 yard per game, five touchdowns, and only one interception. Bears fans are to aware of Cutler’s interception problems last year and with only one interception on sixty four attempts this year he is thriving in Martz’s offense with a quarterback rating 121.2 as well. Cutler is projected to accumulate over 5,000 yards passing and over 40 touchdowns. Ironically Martz criticized Cutler last season while working as an analyst for the NFL Network.

The rushing game has been stale as the Chicago Bears are twenty ninth in the league. Matt Forte had a good rookie season overall but regressed last year with a yards per carry average of only 3.6. Thru two games he has accumulated only 79 yards on 27 carries averaging 2.9 yards per carry. What Forte has excelled under Martz in is the passing game. Martz has spread Forte out as a wide receiver in offensive sets and he has exploded for 188 yards receiving on twelve receptions and three touchdowns.

Basically Martz is running a spread offense for the Bears. It is common in college football but uncommon in the pros. The Patriots are another team that runs the spread. Wes Welker is thriving in that scheme and Tom Brady is excellent at identifying defensive match ups and quickly getting rid of the football. Martz runs seven-step-drops so it is essential that any quarterback that plays in his system have a quick release, which Cutler has. The downside is that it exposes the quarterback to big hits.

The Bears need more balance on offense to be legitimate contenders in the NFC. The lack of production in the running game needs to be addressed and fixed. Come November defensive coordinators will scheme to stop the passing game so it is vital that the run blocking scheme become better so that Matt Forte and Chester Taylor can be productive. Left tackle Chris Williams has to be healthy as well. With a history of injuries it can be a big blow to the success of the offense since he is one of the best offensive lineman.

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2010 Chicago Bears Season Preview

The 2009 Chicago Bears season was full of hope as they landed their first bonafide franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman (1939-1950).  However,  new franchise quarterback Jay Cutler failed to live up to expectations and former Rookie of the Year running back Matt Forte took a huge step backwards.  Last season Jay Cutler threw for  3666 yards and 27 touchdown (unfortunatley he also threw 26 interceptions) and Matt Forte rushed for just 929 yards (a paltry 3.6 yards per carry average). To make matters worse, the defense lost a key member as Brain Urlacher was forced to miss most of the season due to injury.  A lackluster offensive, an aging and injured defense, and a pourous secondary left the Bears at just 7-9 for the season, missing the playoffs once again.

Although the 2009 Chicago Bears season was a major diaster, fans again are optimistic about their chances to win the NFC North in 2010.  Why you may ask?  Well the Bears have a new offensive coordinator in Mike Martz who should help Jay Cutler progress.  In addition, they added an outstanding situational running back in Chester Taylor, will be getting Brian Urlacher back, and made a big free agent signing in defensive lineman Julius Peppers. While the core of the Chicago Bears has remained the same, the Bears have added some key players that should help them get over the hump in 2010. 

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Bears fans are hoping the return of Brian Urlacher will equal a Bears return to the NFL Playoffs.

2010 Chicago Bears Schedule

08/14/2010 Bears at Chargers (Preseason)
08/21/2010 Raiders at Bears (Preseason)
08/28/2010 Cardinals at Bears (Preseason)
09/02/2010 Bears at Browns (Preseason)
09/12/2010 Lions at Bears
09/19/2010 Bears at Cowboys
09/27/2010 Packers at Bears
10/03/2010 Bears at Giants
10/10/2010 Bears at Panthers
10/172010 Seahawks at Bears
10/24 Redskins at Bears
11/07 Bears at Bills
11/14 Vikings at Bears
11/18 Bears at Dolphins
11/28 Eagles at Bears
12/05 Bears at Lions
12/12 Patriots at Bears
12/20 Bears at Vikings
12/26 Jets at Bears
01/02 Bears at Packers

Ultimately the Bears success in 2010 will come down to the play of Jay Cutler.  Any improvement from last year and you have to think the Bears are a playoff team.    A revamped offensive line should give Cutler more time in the pocket and an improved running game should take the ability of their opponent to line up against the pass.  Their defense has no where to go but up as well.   Brian Urlacher will greatly help the linebacking corps, Julius Peppers will help put pressure on the opposing quarterback, and Chris Harris and Major Wright should improve the secondary. If this team can stay healthy, they should be a dangerous team.

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