Chicago Tribune sports editor Joe Knowles and columnist Steve Rosenbloom talk about how the Bears only ran the ball eight times in their game against the Detroit Lions, despite having one of the best running backs in the NFL.
Thank you, Marc Trestman. You underscored my point.
On the day the Tribune posted a RosenBlog urging-slash-ordering-slash-begging George McCaskey to stop the stupid, the Bears' interim head coach offered up another wonderfully sad and comical reason the Bears need a football boss to run the football operation.
The topic Monday at Halas Hall was the Bears' rushing game against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Yes, calling it a rushing game is being charitable, but the Bears handed off seven times, kneeled down once and threw 51 passes, sometimes even to their own players.
The eight so-called rushing attempts marked the lowest single-game total in franchise history, and this is the oldest franchise, so congratulations, Marc.
Second, the play-calling represented a complete surrender. Trestman's Bears didn't even want to try to run the ball. "Uncle,'' Trestman's play-calling screamed on national TV. "You win,'' Trestman told the Lions' front seven. Bears offensive linemen must feel insulted. If Trestman had issues winning the locker room earlier this season, then this might've clinched it.
Third, even Jay Cutler knows he can't win games consistently by throwing 40 and 50 times.
Fourth, the day after the Bears soiled themselves in a 51-23 loss to the Patriots, Emery said the Bears' only path to offensive success is balance, and then, in the most important game of the season, Emery's head coach calls seven runs and more than 50 passes.
See why I called on McCaskey to hire someone to clean out the detritus?
But wait. There's more. It's not just Trestman who cannot see the game in front of him. Add titular offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer to that unfortunate group.
Kromer explained Monday the Bears wanted to start with quick screen passes and then grind with the running game. But, Kromer said, it was a big deal that the Bears fell behind, 24-14.
Seriously? I mean, this wasn't 38-7, Patriots. This wasn't 42-0, Packers. But apparently Bears coaches have shadow pains of miserable first halves, so that apparently was enough for the coaches to lose their minds.
When reminded Monday that the run was still in play because the Bears trailed by only 10 and would receive the second-half kickoff, Kromer said, "That's a good point.''
Does Kromer need a member of the media to make that point? Shouldn't Kromer make that point during the game if Trestman doesn't already realize it? Should this be a point of discussion nearly two seasons into this offense?