- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago coach Marc Trestman rejects the notion that a successful offense must have balance in the play-calling department.
While former Bears head coach Lovie Smith used to stress a balanced approach on offense and even had to go as far as to stage a pair of play-calling interventions with ex-offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Trestman has a different spin on the subject.
Trestman called 39 passing plays compared to 26 runs in the Bears’ 27-21 win Thursday night against the New York Giants (the final NFL stat sheet lists the pass to run ratio as 36:29, but QB Jay Cutler scrambled three times when the pocket collapsed). Through six games, Cutler has passed the ball 217 times, while the club has run the ball 146 times -- including 18 Cutler rushes for 92 yards.
Some may wonder if the Bears are running the ball enough. Not Trestman.
“I never talked about balance, I really never have; I don’t think it’s significant,” Trestman said on Friday. “I think what’s most important, and I’ve said it from the beginning, is scoring touchdowns and moving the football. If [we need to run to move the football], that’s great. We have a guy [Matt Forte] we feel good about running the football. We feel our line is good at run blocking. But I never felt that run-pass ratio is necessarily the most important thing. It’s finding ways to move the football.”
Trestman was hired, in large part, to pump life into an offense that last year ranked No. 28 (310.6) in total yards and No. 16 in points scored (23.4), an inflated number due to all the defensive touchdowns (nine) the Bears scored in 2012.
The 4-2 Bears are averaging 369.2 yards and 28.6 points per game in 2013.
For Trestman, that’s what really matters.