Lovie Smith adamant his offense will find balance
The Chicago Bears are gearing up to face a Green Bay Packers defense that has gone wrong in the first two weeks, allowing Drew Brees and Cam Newton to both pass for more than 400 yards.
But the Bears will be focused on getting their running game back in motion after offensive coordinator Mike Martz ditched it somewhere between Chicago and New Orleans before Sunday’s game at the Saints. The Bears had just 12 rushes in the game (one a scramble by quarterback Jay Cutler) tying for the second fewest in the 91-year history of the franchise.
It looked an awful lot like some of the pass-happy gameplans Martz had during the first half of last season and coach Lovie Smith was not enthusiastic about the results following the 30-13 loss.
“I know the balance wasn't there," Smith said. "All I can say is we'll get it better. We can't win football games with that kind of balance.
"Happens like that sometimes. We'll clean it up."
The Bears call running back Matt Forte one of their best players and he had a 42-yard carry to begin the second possession for the team. He was handed the ball just eight more times, and admitted he was surprised by his light workload.
“Yes, I have (spoken to Martz since the loss)," Smith said. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you the reason why, I'm just going to tell you we have to get the balance a lot better and we will. We didn't do that for a lot of different reasons."
Was one of them for fear they would not be able to have success running against the Saints?
"I'm going to tell you again, we didn't have the balance we needed," Smith replied. "I'm not going to give you anymore reasons why. We'll have it better this week. That's my answer."
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