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.