Chicago Bears: 3 Reasons Why Offense Is Thriving Under Marc Trestman

James Tillman IIIAnalyst ISeptember 19, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 29:  Head coach Marc Trestman of the Chicago Bears pats Sherrick McManis #27 on the back during warm-ups before taking on the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field on August 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Browns defeated the Bears 18-16.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears improved to 2-0 following a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

In past seasons, much of the team's success was due to its ball-hawking defense. However, through the first two games of the 2013 season, the offense finally has played at a level that Bears fans can cheer about.

Let's take a quick look as to why this has been the case.


Ability To Make Clutch Plays

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks passes against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After the offense overcame an 11-point deficit to pull out a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, the unit responded again when it was needed the most against Minnesota.

With the Vikings leading 30-24, Cutler marched the team down the field in methodical fashion, completing eight of 10 passes for 76 yards. The drive was capped off by a beautiful 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett.

As a result, the Bears have rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to win in consecutive weeks for the first time in four seasons (per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times).

And according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, Lance Briggs expressed confidence in the offense under the new regime:

The one thing that sticks out right now is that when we need a score, our offense will get that score. Last year, really any year, defensively, we think we need to create a turnover and score in order for us to score.

This kind of endorsement lends credibility to how well the offense has played so far under Trestman.


Solid Production from The Tight End Position

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15:  Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears catches a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter on September 15, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest changes that I have noticed about the 2013 Bears is that the tight end has an integral role in the offense.

Martellus Bennett caught seven passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings, giving him a total of 10 receptions for 125 yards and three touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season.

According to ESPN, Chicago tight ends caught only 22 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns during the entire 2012 campaign.

Needless to say, if the Bears continue to prioritize the tight end position within their game plans, Jay Cutler will have options that he did not have in years past.


Balanced Aerial Attack

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears makes a first down catch and is hit by Xavier Rhodes #29 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Brandon Marshall hauled in 118 receptions for 1,508 yards for the Bears in 2012.

While this was a great individual effort by Marshall, the fact that Matt Forte's 44 catches was the next highest number of receptions was troubling. That discrepancy supports the argument that the Bears passing game was one-dimensional.

So far in 2013, Marc Trestman is asking Cutler to spread the ball around so as to move the chains and set up big plays for the offense. The ESPN box score from the Bears-Minnesota Week 2 matchup indicates that emphasis:


Chicago Receiving
B. Marshall711316.113410
M. Bennett77610.92239
M. Forte10737.301310



With plenty of football left to be played, it is far too early to label the offense as "elite." After all, the combined margin of the two victories has been just four points.

Perhaps we'll get a better feel for where this offense is at when it is forced to keep pace with explosive offenses like that of the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

On the other hand, if this unit continues to improve as the season wears on, Chicago will definitely be in the hunt for one of the conference's six playoff spots.