Reporting Brian Hanley
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Mike Martz’s refusal to run the ball much Sunday was the insult added to the Bears’ injuries.
Glad to hear head coach Lovie Smith say Monday the team must have more pass and run balance to its offense. Hope he made it clear to Martz.
“I know the balance as far as running [and] passing wasn’t there,” Smith said. “All I can say is we’ll get it better. We can’t win football games with that kind of balance.”
It better start this weekend when the Bears host the Green Bay Packers.
Martz called 52 passes (45 pass attempts, six sacks, one scramble) and 11 runs, which explains quarterback Jay Cutler needing to up his life insurance Monday.
While Martz finds at least another 15 rushing attempts vs. Green Bay to add to the ridiculously low 12 he called in the 30-13 loss at New Orleans, the rest of the coaches will have to find some players to step up and fill in for the banged-up Bears.
Two reports have rookie right tackle Gabe Carimi out at least two games with a dislocated right knee.
“We have a few injuries on the offensive line but we’ll just have to plug other guys in and keep that rolling,” Smith said Monday.
Safety Major Wright suffered what Smith called a head and neck injury but no concussion Sunday.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett has a bruised chest after being speared by safety Roland Harper, who should be fined for the hit.
“We need to get some other players back, I’m talking Chris Harris, Lance Louis, Roy Williams and Marion Barber,” Smith said.
Good to be back from a wonderful weekend in New Orleans. Thanks to the Chateau Lemoyne for hosting us and the New Orleans Tourism bureau (gonola.com) for making our trip possible.
Great to talk with a number of Bears fans throughout the three days enjoying the city’s southern hospitality.
Hope you will join Mully and me when we’ll be talking plenty of Bears Tuesday between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.
As always, thanks for listening.