Bears Offense Has Opportunity For Breakthrough

The Bears will meet a Redskins defense allowing 455 yards per game.

Chris Emma
September 19, 2019 - 3:58 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- To a man, those inside Halas Hall believe the Bears will find their breakthrough on offense soon. 

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But how can the Bears feature the explosive offense that coach Matt Nagy has envisioned? 

"In the end, if you’re scoring 30 points a game and you’re running the ball 50 times, people are good with that," Nagy said. "If you’re throwing the ball 50 times and you’re scoring 30 points a game, they’re good with that -- as long as you’re winning. We’ve just got to figure out where are we, who are we."

The Bears' lack of an offensive identity has been evident through two sputtering performances. What they did accomplish in a win against the Broncos on Sunday was establish a better run-pass balance that was missed in a loss to the Packers in the season opener. Chicago rushed 29 times and passed 27 in the win at Denver. 

With balance on offense comes more opportunity to ignite the Bears' attack. So too does facing a Redskins defense that has surrendered an average of 31.5 points and 455 yards over its first two games. 

The Bears envision struggling quarterback Mitchell Trubisky finding some openings for big plays in the passing game thanks to running back David Montgomery seeing more frequent carries.

"A balanced offense and a steady running game always opens up shots in the pass game," Trubisky said. "So, getting the running back going, pounding the ball with David and getting the O-line going, letting them come off the ball and do their thing, I think it just keeps the defense honest and hopefully sucks those defenders up and we can open some stuff up with play-action and shots downfield. Yeah, that is where we want to be at as a balanced attack."

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After Montgomery carried the ball just six times in the opener, Nagy backed up his word to get him more involved. Montgomery had 18 carries for 62 yards. While that was only 3.4 yards per rush, Nagy came away confident in Montgomery and the benefit of balance.

The Bears offense is averaging 263.5 yards through two games, with just five plays of 20 yards or more.

"Everybody on this offense wants to make plays," running back Tarik Cohen said. "When that happens, it's only a matter of time before we all start making those plays."

Trubisky remains confident in himself and the team has backed him, but Nagy's play-calling in Denver reflected his wariness of setting Trubisky up for failure against Broncos coach Vic Fangio, the Bears' former defensive coordinator.

With the Bears once again entering the primetime spotlight, Monday will be the latest referendum on Trubisky. But it also could be the stage on which he breaks out.

"We’re all taught this as a head coach and as a quarterback," Nagy said. "You’re going to get a lot of the credit when things are going great and then when things are struggling, a little bit it goes to you. 

"We’re going to stick together. This program here and these people, we’re about solutions. So let’s figure out what the solution is."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.