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The Bear Den: Expect Changes in the Playbook for the Bears

LAKE FOREST, IL - MAY 01: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears watches a rookie mini-camp practice on May 1, 2009 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Zack PearsonCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

Going into the 2009 NFL season, expect some minor changes in the playbook, Bears fans. With a new quarterback and a couple of changes on the coaching, the playbook is bound to be different.

Let's start off with the new quarter back, Jay Cutler. Cutler has a better arm than Orton had so look to see a lot more plays designed for going deep.

Hester is a good deep threat for Cutler, primarily because of his speed. Last year, we saw some plays that were designed for the deep ball, but Orton missed Hester in his stride.

I don't expect to see the whole playbook re-worked just for Cutler.

Cutler likes to look down field rather than check downs more often. I expect to see some more routes for tight ends Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen down the field.

The running game might see some changes also. Maybe a little bit more of play action to use for Cutler. The Bears have two good weapons on offense in Cutler and Forte.

They should mix it up with running going to play action that will lead to big plays down field.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears brought in Rod Marinelli, former coach of the Lions, to be the defensive line coach.

Marinelli should bring some new defensive schemes to Chicago. I expect for more stunts from the defensive line.


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