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Yes, I do know that Mike Tice is not a player on the Chicago Bears.
What I also know is that Tice is going to have a massive impact on the rest of this Bears season. So far, I'm not sure Tice has done a good or bad job as the offensive coordinator and play-caller.
The way these next six games play out will be an indicator as to the kind of a job Tice does as a play-caller and coach.
One thing I do believe: Tice has done a good job putting together an offensive line with the talent he was given. The fact that he could develop those stiffs into a functioning NFL offensive line should put him in the running for a Nobel Prize.
No one expected Tice to transform the Bears offense and become Bill Walsh, but I have been disappointed with a few things he's done. I really thought the offense this season was going to be as physical as ever.
Run the ball, then run the ball again, then run it some more.
I thought the Bears would try and play to the offensive line's strengths. Run the ball and let the line run block and take control of the line of scrimmage early in the game to set up some longer developing routes later in the game. The pass rush would slow down as defenses schemed to stop the run, and the offense could begin utilizing play-action and roll outs.
I understand it's far more complicated to game plan against an NFL defense, but there are still some things that need fixing.
We've seen a lot of five-to-seven step drops in the first quarter, leading to early sacks and three-and-outs. The offense has started games so slowly and put the team's best area, the defense, in bad spots.
At this point of the season, all the offense needs to do is not lose the game.
For these last six games, play the field-position game. Run the ball and punt if you have to, let the defense make a play and give you a short field (if not score the ball itself).
This formula will need a few tweaks for the playoffs, but for now, that's what needs to be done.