Continuing with our long winded weekly film review wrap ups we are going to start by analyzing the Bears' offense this week. Led by Jay Cutler and getting help from receivers Devin Hester and Earl Bennett the Bears were able to drive down the field pretty consistently and come away with a win.
Off the top of our heads though it's apparent that Matt Forte is still struggling, although through no fault of his own. Lay the blame squarely at the feet of Frank Omiyale and his missed blocks or inability to block anyone period.
I'm going to key in on Omiyale and count how many times a block is missed on his side of the field or as a result of him. Every bit of failure in this running game seems to be a direct result of his play. The O-Line is only as good as it's weakest link and right now Omiyale is the weakest on an extremely high level.
To see the complete film review click on this link and you can read the entire review on a near play by play basis. Below is the summary of the session and how the Bears looked on offense.
So wrapping up this week's offensive film review session the Bears blocked better in the run game than they probably have all season. But it still wasn't enough to get Matt Forte to the 100-yard plateau. Frank Omiyale is the major weak link on this offensive line and Orlando Pace is a close second. Pace still on occasion can make some blocks but struggles overall. Chris Williams showed his athleticism and a never quit attitude. There may be some hope for the Bears in the run game this upcoming game against the Lions. Omiyale though in my mind should be benched for this performance and where he stands. The Bears would likely be much better with Josh Beekman in there as the guard next to Kreutz.
Plus if they're grooming Beekman as the heir apparent, he deserves to continually get playing time as he develops. The best experience is the on the field experience you get and Beekman deserves to play.
Elsewhere on offense Cutler looked sharp most of the game, Forte still has plenty of ability and doesn't seem to be struggling any sort of ailment or problem. I think any criticism lobbed his way is simply an excuse used to mask the problems on the offensive line. The Bears did block better in the second half when it mattered most so that is hopefully a sign of future success.
Devin Hester stepped up and made some very superb catches in traffic in this game. Hester is really coming along nicely and Cutler seems to be developing a relationship with his players on a weekly basis.
This was also likely the best called game by Ron Turner who didn't get to predictable with his play calling like he did in the first two games. On offense the Bears will benefit some weeks by Forte running the ball, and other weeks letting Cutler throw the ball down the field and make plays in the passing game. If the O-Line can do as everyone says they will and play better as the season wears on, the offense will be tough to stop.
Until I see the signs of it on a consistent basis it's going to be really hard to make the argument that this offense will be unstoppable. Right now the O-Line play is below average and teetering dangerously on the level of utterly poor. Hopefully going forward this will change and the Bears can better start to run the ball to keep teams honest.