Tice makes it clear: Offense will be balanced

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Tice makes it clear: Offense will be balanced

New offensive coordinator Mike Tice sat down with Tom Thayer for an extended interview carried on the Bears website ChicagoBears.com and it provide some good talking points, which I got into with Danny and Matt on The McNeill and Spiegel show on WSCR-AM 670 The Score.

Specifically, Tice talked about the importance and priority of having quarterback Jay Cutler comfortable not only in the pocket, but from different launch points. Hes obviously spent time with Cutler and talked about drawing from some of the things that worked when Tice was with Daunte Culpepper in Minnesota and with David Garrard in Jacksonville.

He can make all the throws, Tice said, noting that he will retain control over the protections. We have to give him the opportunity to make all of those throws.

More important perhaps, Tice made it abundantly clear that his will be a balanced offense, not based on adherence to theory but to what works. Its going to be what the defense gives us, Tice said. If there is a good count of defenders in the box, the Bears run. If its a bad count, we better be able to throw it.

That wasnt always the way with former coordinator Mike Martz, as Danny, Matt and I covered.

Martz didnt give his quarterbacks the option of audibling, so if that count changed, the play couldnt. Martz was rigidly wedded to an approach that had worked and stuck to it even when it didnt.

As I mentioned, a reason for Bears optimism with Tice is that while it could be argued that Cutler played his best football under Martz, it was equally true that he was at his best when Tices influence was strongest over the offense.

Twice over the past two seasons, Martz was reined in and Tice given greater voice in game-planning. Both times -- the 2010 off week, after game 3 in 2011 -- the Bears offense took off without resorting to runaway passing. Exactly the opposite, in fact.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

6'3" | 253 lbs.

2016 stats:

61 tackles, 12 TFL, 9 sacks

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"High-cut pass rusher with good athleticism but concerns regarding his ability to drop anchor against the run. Ironically, Harris might be best suited as a penetrator which is something he fought against this season. His hands can be improved as pass rush weapons, but he has agility and footwork that can't be taught. Harris can play on the edge in a 4-3 or 3-4 front and should be the next in a line of early contributing defensive ends coming out of Missouri." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

PHOENIX – Brandon Marshall never needed a whole lot of encouragement to step before a microphone but the NFL, which sometimes wished he'd put a sock in it, has now invited the former Bears wide receiver to speak up.
 
The NFL extended an invitation for Marshall, whose time in Chicago ended in some measure because of his insistence on pursuing the media portion of his career, to address the league higher-up's ostensibly as part of a communications bridge-building. Marshall jumped at the chance.
 
"They thought it was important for a player to come up and give a player's perspective and talk about the relationship between owners and players," Marshall said on Monday at the outset of the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's evident that our relationship could be so much better."
 
Marshall has been part of Showtime's "Inside the NFL" in recent years, flying to New York to participate in taping the show, and ultimately accepting a trade from the Bears to the Jets in 2015, which obviously cut down on his commute. The Jets released Marshall earlier this month, after which Marshall signed on with the Giants.
 
He told owners this week, "If we want our game to continue to be on that [positive] track, that it's on being super successful and being a pillar in our community and being a thread in our community, we have to make sure our relationship as players and owners is good."

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The immediate response was more than a little positive: Per San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York:

https://twitter.com/JedYork/status/846400103472480256
 
Marshall predictably welcomed the forum and wants to see it expanded.

"I'd like to see more players be more involved in our owners meetings," Marshall said. "And not only at the owners meetings, but any time we're talking football, we should have players at the table. Commissioner Goodell is always open-minded. He always has that open-door policy. So I think he'll continue to listen and continue to evolve this part of our business."