Martz taking the blame

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Another article from the Chicago Tribune. Martz taking the blame for throwing too much and not running enough. I do remember when it was 16-13 last week for the Bears in New Orleans – I was surprised the Bears hung on for as long as they did because they aren’t in the same class as the Saints. But while this article talks about the pressure/sacks, it doesn’t mention the injury to Gabe Carimi. While his injury alone didn’t account for all 5 sacks that happened later in the game, it is at least noteworthy that as far as I understand it, 5 of the 6 sacks happened after he was out.

While it’s logical to think the Packers should be able to sack Cutler 20 times Sunday, I’m not sure that’s going to happen. It all depends on whether or not our passing game takes off early. If it does, and if we can build a lead, then I think the Bears will have to start passing and then it’s possible Cutler will get hit constantly. However, if we can’t get things going early, I think the Bears will do everything they can to make this a classic old running, grind-it-out, bruising, playing-on-a-crappy-field, ugly game. They truly will run a lot.

So much will depend on McCarthy this week. If there ever was a time to tap into his large playbook, it’s now. We need creative plays the Bears haven’t seen before because as bad as Lovie Smith is as a coach (and I think he’s quite bad), he definitely has had a read on what the Packers do offensively.

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4 Responses to “Martz taking the blame”

  1. christo Says:

    I have to take offense. I don’t like Lovie Smith, but I think he’s a smarter coach than McCarthy. Really, I do.

  2. ronlc1 Says:

    Sometimes old MM is a little too smart. He doesn’t seem to want to destroy the opponent when he has the chance. In reality, this game is Capers to win or lose. GB must stop the short passing game this week. If not Forte will destory them (see Sproles). Having the #30 D is unacceptable Dom. It’s time to earn your money.

  3. awhayes Says:

    Christo – have to disagree with you on that one. lovie has some good ideas sometimes (and only on defense) but overall I think he is a poor coach and I don’t think he’s a smarter coach than McCarthy. Neither is great on the fly w/re to gameflow, but McCarthy showed a lot in the Super Bowl run. I’d take McCarthy over Lovie any day.

    And I agree with you Ron in that sometimes McCarthy seems to take his foot off the gas at times he shouldn’t. Someone has to tell him it’s OK to blow other teams out. That’s just fine.

  4. Dave in Tucson Says:

    I think McCarthy and Smith compare pretty evenly. Ever since McCarthy came to Green Bay, the Packers have had a good-to-great offense. Ever since Smith came to Chicago, the Bears have had a good-to-create defense (one that managed to drag that Grossman-lead offense all the way to SB XLI)

    McCarthy has had the added benefit of a DC (Dom Capers, natch) that has given the Packers a good-to-great defense every year since he arrived. While Smith… he’s got Mike Martz. And Martz, when he doesn’t have the likes of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, and Isaac Bruce, has never been able to sustain a great offense for a whole season.

    Martz’ offensive style also has the drawback of turning his QB into hamburger after a year or two of getting pounded into the ground multiple times every Sunday.

    D∈T

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