Chicago Bears Find An Offense?
Posted by sportsmaven on August 14, 2007
Was it just me, or did the Chicago Bears bring out a semblance of an offense to their pre-season opener against the Houston Texans? Bears QB Rex Grossman completed his first 8 passes and finished his night with an 8-10, 50 yard performance. That’s right, an 80% completion rate. My post from August 6th listed 5 things that the Bears must do to succeed in 2007:
1. Offense has to make another leap in performance — The surprise of last season’s team was definitely the performance of the offense. Nobody on the planet thought the Bears would be #2 in the NFL in scoring nor that Rex Grossman would throw 20 TD passes and over 3000 yards passing. For the Bears to jump to the next level, Grossman must improve his completion rate. Last season, he was at 54.6%. This season, he has to eclipse 60% and limit his interceptions from 20 to single digits.
(AP Photo/Dave Einsel)
Grossman has looked sharp in training camp and looked sharp on Saturday night in Houston. He checked down when his primary receivers were covered and did that well. Rex actually looked like a quarterback on Saturday night. The running game, led by Cedric Benson dished out some hits, but showed a sever drop off when Benson was replaced by Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe.
The Bears defense looked dominant, stopping the run, the pass, basically anything that got in front of them. I thought that the Bears special teams needed quite a bit of work, especially on the kick coverage teams.
Could the Bears actually lead the league in scoring this season? What a thought that would be….