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14 Jan 2011

NY Times: Sunday Divisional Previews

I think these turned out better than the Saturday capsules. With Rex Ryan, Pete Carroll, and Mike Martz to pick on, that will happen.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 14 Jan 2011

5 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2011, 2:47pm by tuluse


by TomC :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:40pm

Last Saturday was the Seahawks’ Super Bowl.

God, I hope so.

I wouldn't be so worried if the regular season game had been like the one the Bears lost to Washington, where if any of about six unbelievably stupid things hadn't happened, they would have won easily. But Seattle beat the Bears fair and square, winning the line battle on both sides of the ball. I comfort myself with the notion that they will tackle Marshawn Lynch better this time (mainly because Briggs is in the lineup) and will be less likely to let blitzers come untouched (because the two tackles have much more experience now and because Garza is back in). But that's a pretty thin security blanket.

by Marko :: Fri, 01/14/2011 - 7:16pm

You should also comfort yourself with the expectation that the Bears will not abandon the running game like they did in the first meeting with Seattle and they will keep Matt Forte involved throughout. If Martz starts to get pass wacky, I feel confident that Lovie Smith will rein him in. If that doesn't work, I am even more confident that Mike Tice will whip out the pencil behind his ear and attack Martz and/or Olin Kreutz will treat Martz like Fred Miller at a shooting range. Any of those things should restore balance to the Bears' run-pass ratio.

by TomC :: Sat, 01/15/2011 - 1:01pm

But Forte had 8 rushes for 11 yards. I would have abanoned the run, too.

by dbt :: Sat, 01/15/2011 - 1:27pm

Yes, but that was running behind the patchwork of patchwork offensive lines. Chris Williams was making his first start at guard. Edwin Williams was making his second start at RG for an injured Garza and J'Marcus Webb was making his second start at RT.

by tuluse :: Sat, 01/15/2011 - 2:47pm

Not to the degree Martz did. Even if he had just run the odd draw say once every 5 passes, it would have took the defense by surprise and giving them something else to think about.