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    Upon Further Review: Bears Week 7
    October, 21, 2013
    12:00PM ET
    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com
    A review of four hot issues from the Chicago Bears' 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins:

    Run defense: The Redskins kept the Bears off balance all game with their ability to run the football. Alfred Morris averaged 5 yards per carry, while Robert Griffin III averaged 7.6. By establishing the run, the Redskins kept the Bears on their heels, thus opening up other facets of the game. Typically, the Bears shut down the run, making opponents one dimensional. But Chicago hasn’t been able to accomplish that objective consistently this season. Certainly, injuries along the front four contribute to the problem, but until the Bears solve the issue, teams will continue to gash them on the ground before taking chunks through the air via play action.

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    Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsMatt Forte rushed for 82 yards and two scores after halftime against the Redskins.
    Inconsistency against the pass: Jordan Reed became the third Bears opponent to catch at least nine passes for 134 yards or more. An anemic pass rush from the injury-riddled front plays a role, but up-and-down play at safety between Chris Conte and Major Wright seems to be Chicago’s most pronounced deficiency against the pass. Coming into the season, Conte and Wright seemed destined to become a productive duo at safety for the Bears. Wright has graded out higher than Conte for the majority of the season because of his takeaways and run support, but together, they’ve been more of a liability on the back end than the playmakers the club envisioned. The Bears yielded five completions for gains of 26 yards or more, including 30-, 38- and 45-yarders.

    Feeding Forte: They don’t seem to be involving Matt Forte enough early on, and that’s diminished Chicago’s ability to find a rhythm. In six first-half drives, the Bears handed off to Forte just four times, including only once in each of the first two possession. Forte didn’t receive back-to-back attempts until the team’s second drive of the second quarter. By then, Washington held a 17-10 lead. Forte carried four times for nine yards and a score in the first half, yet finished the game with 91 yards and three TDs on 16 attempts. The offense should run through Forte from the onset.

    Veterans on the front four: Given the injuries, inexperience and inconsistency on the defensive line, veterans Julius Peppers, Stephen Paea and Corey Wootton need to step up and start carrying the group. Peppers finally showed up on the stat sheet with seven tackles, while Paea and Wootton contributed two tackles apiece. Still, that’s not enough. The team needs even more, especial in the pass-rushing department. One of the best to play the game at his position, Peppers hasn’t contributed a sack since September.
     
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    one of the reason why our O looked better when jay went out is the fact we started using Forte, i dont get it, we have excellent rb's and a better oline, that 1st forte td - huge hole, why are we no trying that. i guess we will now!
     
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    I'd like to know how the many of those runs went the way of Shea, Pepp, and how many were up the middle.
     
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    This was a head scratcher for me too. The poor run blocking by the OL may be part of the reason. The yards Forte gets seems to be mostly due to Forte and not due to anything good the OL is doing. This offensive line is fairly decent pass blocking. But run blocking they just don't seem very good (with a few notable exceptions.....there are some times where they run block well, but the consistency is not there by any means).
     
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    They never mix up their running game. The Bears have a higher average running the ball than they did under Martz or Tice, but they have a lower percentage of running plays called, than Tice. IDK, I just hope McCown is "serviceable", and they increase the running game.
     
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    Forte is not going to break every run for a long TD, but if you give him the ball more than 4 time in a half then the odds increase slightly :)

    I honestly think that with Cutler in the game, both he and the coaches think that they can press the ball down the field. Some of the best play that I have seen from Jay was when the plays were designed to be 5 yard routes with the ball coming out quick. He had a great drive against Pittsburg that was nothing but timing and short to intermediate routes. He made it look easy!

    Then when they start cheating the safeties into that box he is able to take a deep shot and have better success at completing it.

    I guess what I'm saying is let the short stuff and run game set up the long pass.

    On Defense, I have no idea what we can do there, Rogers is going to kill us even with some of his play makers out.
     
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    Only thing you can do for the D, and certain fans don't want to hear it, is to keep the O on the field and win ToP, or at least keep it close, especially in the first half to keep the D fresh in the 2nd.
     
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    I agree, and McCown might be good here. He's not a vertical guy, but more of a guy who dinks and dunks, moving the chains, eating the clock. Throw in a healthy dose of Forte running the ball & it could help our TOP immensely - and I agree, help out our defense by not having them on the field so much.
     
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    McCown is also more of a 50% comp guy that is more likely to throw an INT or fumble the ball then he is to throw a TD. Lets hope Trestman can fix him better then he fixed Cutler b/c he needs more help then Cutler did.

    We might well start to see the Forte we thought we would see in this system though, and if the OL can get some holes opened up early it will be a huge help...and hopefully a little more Mikey Bushy also.
     
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    I would disagree. How often do you see Cutler going to the dumpoff to Forte, when he instead throws into double coverage? I think Trestman's WCO is predicated on getting QUICK passes out, and that includes the runningback. Cutler's not a perfect fit for the system. He had the same problems last year, when Tice was calling the plays. He ALWAYS ignored the runningback, who could get us 4-5 yards on a quick pass.
     
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