For Bears, offensive balance is overrated
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter October 11, 2013 9:42PM
New York Giants v Chicago Bears
Updated: November 13, 2013 6:10AM
Balance is overrated.
Coach Marc Trestman said Friday, a day after the Bears’ 27-21 victory against the New York Giants, that a mixture of run and pass plays is not significant — at least not as much as scoring touchdowns.
“We have a guy who we feel good about running the football,” he said. “We felt our line is good at run-blocking — but I never felt run-pass ratio was necessarily the most important thing.”
Especially the way Jay Cutler managed the offense Thursday.
Cutler completed 24 of 36 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and, perhaps most important, no interceptions.
“Jay is very efficient — again, very efficient — with the football,” he said. “He took care of it, did an excellent job with that.
“We talk about it all the time. If you take care of the football and create turnovers, you’re going to be in the game in the fourth quarter and have a chance to win.”
Cutler said Thursday night that there are “physical things we have to clean up,” but the Bears are “getting better” on offense.
“We’re calling the right plays,” he said. “The ball’s going in the right direction.”
Trestman was careful not to pin defensive end Julius Peppers’ quiet game — he had no stat line — all on Peppers.
“I know it’s not just one guy,” Trestman said. “It’s a combination of rushes and people inside and moving people around and how stunts are put together.”
He said he was more interested in “us collectively trying to find ways to get a pass rush going.”
“We got close, and Julius got close a couple of times, too,” Trestman said. “We just didn’t get close enough.”
This and that
Linebacker D.J. Williams was not fined for a second-quarter horse-collar tackle Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, a source said. Williams was lost for the season Thursday night with a torn pectoral tendon.
◆ Trestman said officials made a good decision ruling Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle down when he gave himself up after a third-quarter catch. He fell down, then slammed the ball to the ground.
Trestman tried to challenge the call but was told it couldn’t be contested.
“It was clear his demeanor was not somebody who was trying to run with the football,” Trestman said.
◆ The Bears were set on trying to kick a field goal at the end of the first half, knowing they received in the second half, Trestman said.
They took one shot at the end zone, an incomplete pass to Earl Bennett, before kicking a 40-yard field goal.