What is the real reason we are not running the ball?

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  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    We're 19th in the NFL in rushing attempts. I wonder if that is because they are choosing to do it this way, OR does it look like the offensive line can't get it done, as far as run blocking?

    Forte has had some success on his own, but it looks like the OL is pretty bad run blocking so far. In fact, they don't look any better than last year's OL run blocking. Pass blocking is better. Run blocking looks butt-ugly right now.

    I'm thinking the reason we're not doing much rushing, MAY be due to the fact we can't get it done.
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    because we get behind and we think we are forced to throw the ball to catch up when we should be grinding it out as much as possible.
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    Playing from behind & needing multiple scores has a lot to do with the play calling. But I read Trestman was nearly even with pass/rush ratio this past Sunday.
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    Maybe it will be better in the Giants game too.
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    not in the first half, forte only rushed for 4 attempts... had me screaming at the TV
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    Because our offensive line cannot open holes
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    19th is middle of the pack. Fact is that we are running the ball and are about average in attempts.
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    Because it's still to obvious when Bears are running and when they are passing. My grandmother can tell what the Bears are doing before it happens, they are just way to vanilla on the O still. Time to get creative and the passing game opens the running game in today's football. More bubble screens more delayed draws mix it up spice of life variety keep us on our toes and the D.
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    I just looked it up at NFL.com, and it looks like we are 22nd right now, in average rushing attempts per game (NFL.com LINK). I made a mistake on the OP. Sorry.

    I know that this is very subjective on my part, but it seems like the OL is having trouble consistently blocking well on run plays designed to be between-the-tackles rushes. I know that the WR's have been blocking well for Forte on edge runs. And I also realize Forte isn't the kind of RB to run well between the tackles when there are no holes to hit.

    Maybe I'm just flawed with my thinking here. I admit this is just my subjective impression.
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    It seems that Forte has much more success with stretch plays than with runs designed for him to run between the tackles.
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    I think we need to get Bush and Forte in more at the same time to be honest.
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    From what I can tell, as soon as we get behind, Trestman flips a switch and feels he has to go to a passing game.

    Don't know if anyone else has noticed, but that seems to be a big part of it.
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    According to Hub he thinks JC is calling out of a lot of run plays, which is very possible, think about the Long downfield penalty, the entire team thought it was a run. The team is also getting scared b/c of the early leads of the other teams and is looking more to pass.
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    That's what I think, but if so the thinking is too simplistic. In the end of the third or in the fourth quarter, I get it. You only have so much time to catch up. In the first or second quarter, when the run is working? Makes you wonder. Even I know that makes no sense.
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    I agree BiH, but that does seem to be the case, HubA also thinks that Cutler is calling out of a lot of run plays, so I think it's a combo of both.
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    Oh please. The Bears had 3 offensive possessions surrounding the 2 field goals by the Saints early in the game. They went pass happy. They weren't "In a hole", and even so, they were never in too much danger of it becoming a blowout until late in the 3rd quarter. If Cutler is calling us out of a lot of running plays, then I think it's time he's had his audible calling abilities tapered significantly. It makes me wonder if that has anything to do with him STILL wasting time outs early and often.
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    It's a holdover from Lovie. Lovie used to tell him to take his time because there was still a lot of football to play.
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    Yeah, the whole "burn a couple of TO's because there was miscommunication between Cutler and the sidelines" thing is getting REALLY old. I was really hoping Trestman would bring an end to that BS. I ABHOR WASTING TIMEOUTS WELL IN ADVANCE OF HALFTIME. IT really frosts my cookies! :mad:
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    And that's the last thing any of us would want! :)
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