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Bears needing balance in more than just run-pass ratio

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Bears needing balance in more than just run-pass ratio

An overriding point last offseason was adding weapons on offense, making it impossible for teams to stop the Bears by stopping Matt Forte. Beyond the obvious lack of touchdowns, something is still not working, however.

The balance expected with Mike Tices ascension to the job of offensive coordinator was missing against Carolina, when the repeated failures of running plays in the second half plus the methodical piling up of field goals by the Panthers led the Bears to abandon the run game. After averaging 7.6 yards per carry in the first half, Forte on second half carries gained 1, 2, minus-2, 1, 2, 2 and 3 yards on his seven runs.

But in the wider analysis, Forte (20) and Brandon Marshall (14 targets) accounted for nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of where quarterback Jay Cutler placed the ball. Cutler threw the ball as many times to Marshall as he did to all other players combined.

Against the Detroit Lions, Forte and Marshall accounted for 53 percent of the touches on 69 plays run. Forte had 22 carries in both the Jacksonville and Detroit games.

I think when you have a special player like Forte, of course we need to get him the ball more. And well try that, coach Lovie Smith said.

But you can say that about a few of our players. We need to get them the ball more. But when you have an offensive day the way we did three-and-outs, a couple of turnovers you take a lot of plays away, where you cant get as many touches from some of your marquee players as youd like.

30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant Coaches: Steve Piha, Mike Smith, Russ Swenson, Dan Wilson, Mike O'Brill, Matt Boswell, Tony Manicke, Ryan Willett, Trent Greco, Rashad Daviston, Joe Duszynski

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Streamwood

September 1st @ Larkin

September 8th vs Buffalo Grove

September 15th @ Wheeling

September 22nd @ Glenbrook North

September 29th vs Maine East

October 6th @ Vernon Hills

October 13th @ Highland Park

October 20th vs Deerfield

Biggest storyline: Can Maine West become playoff eligible in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Matt Kentgen Senior DL Walter Hutt

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to reload on both sides of the football with just 7 starters back (3 offense 4 defense) this fall. .

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West is looking to continue to take positive steps forward after just missing out on a five win season in 2016. Look for the Warriors to get the football into the hands of senior TE Matt Kentgen as much as possible and if the underclassmen can develop West could again challenge for a state playoff slot in 2017.

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