Year of the Qb my backside...
After watching that NO/SF game and combining what NE did w/their O, it's the year of the TE!
This is why Martz needed to be fired, and should have never been brought in, for once the Bears were ahead of the curve w/a serious TE O weapon and we brought in a OC from the mid 90's that didn't know how to use them in todays NFL. Watching SF/NO abuse the D's w/Davis and Graham made me wish for Olsen split out wide in a Bears uni.
I would love to have our team set up like SF, great D, great running game, and a just explosive enough O. Alex just resurrected his career. Which brings me to another point, smith was considered an unmitigated disaster of a bust, he had 7 oc's in 7 years. Now he looks like he deserves to be out there b/c he is in the right O. I wonder how much better Haine, w/an OC that actually met w/him durring the year and let him take snaps during the season, and then actually allowed him to play in a system that suited his skillset(imo wc) would have looked.
btw, looks like running the ball and playing tough nosed D still wins games in the playoffs(another Chi Bear tennant) . NO had a laughable 37 yards running, but 458 yards in the air. SF, 299 passing, but 145 on the ground. If they can put those kind of #'s up against GB they could be in the SB.