Martz explains unbalanced offense vs. Pack

January, 5, 2011
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears' balanced offensive attack vanished in the 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Unlike previous games, the Bears relied heavily on the pass against the Packers, with Jay Cutler attempting 39 throws compared to 18 called run plays (Cutler scrambled outside the pocket twice for 8 yards).

On Wednesday, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz explained the skewed pass-to-run ratio.

"The last 12 plays were probably passes, I think, all passes," Martz said. "Other than that, I think we had 23 called runs and 24 called passes or somewhere -- there were a couple of plays in between there -- but we were trying to get something going in the passing game on first down a little bit more than maybe what we have in the past.

"Didn’t make any of those plays, and we’ve got to make them, obviously. We had eight opportunities in the passing game to make really big plays, and we didn’t make one of them, which is not like us. I’m very disappointed in that. And of course if you don’t make the play on first down, you give them second and 10 and so forth and so on.

"So that was unlike us, both in terms of the numbers and performance, I think, in the passing game, really."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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