Chicago Sun-Times

Your questions answered here

| 12 Comments | No TrackBacks

Q: I know that Martz's offensive system is based on the old "Air Coryell" scheme. Is this in any way related to the offense that Tom Moore runs (or used to run, before his retirement) in Indianapolis? I know that both rely on the quarterback throwing to a specific spot on the field, rather than to the receiver himself. If not, what are the differences? ---- Chris.
A: Great, great, great question. Unfortunately, I don't have a complete answer. The NFL is in shut-down mode. The person I know with the Colts is on vacation. I called Dan Fouts. He played for Don Coryell. He didn't respond right away, either, which means he's likely on vacation as well. Unlike Martz's system, I do know that Moore's offense in Indy requires very little motion before the snap --- except for Manning, of course, who gesticulates wildly while changing plays at the line of scrimmage. I'm intrigued. When I find out more I'll blog about it.

Q: The current 16 game schedule is very structured. You play six games vs. your division opponents, four versus an NFC division (NFC East for Bears), four versus an AFC division (AFC East for Bears) and then the same-place finishers in the other conference divisions (3rd place in NFC West and NFC South for the Bears this season). If the regular season is expanded to 18 games, how will the last two games get filled out? Any word or speculation out there? --- Bear Goggles Boomer
A: I spoke with someone at the league office who hadn't heard anything about this point, either. The earliest there could be an enhanced season is 2012, and any changes would have to be agreed upon by both owners and the NFL Players Association. Personally, I'd prefer if one of the dates encouraged regional rivalries. How cool would it be if the Raiders and 49ers, Jets and Giants, Dolphins and Buccaneers, Texans and Cowboys and Chiefs and Rams played every season? As for the Bears, it could mean an annual date with the Colts or Browns. Not every team has an out-of-conference geographical rival, but it would sure be fun for those who do. The union might like the idea, as well, because it would make for shorter road trips.
Q: How has Cutler looked at OTAs? I hear a lot about Caleb Hanie throwing picks but haven't heard much about Cutler. Is he still making those interceptions that make me scratch my head? --- Shaun.
A: As always, it's hard to know for sure. OTAs reveal little. I have noticed that Cutler seemed hesitant during the latest minicamp. Throwing to a spot instead of a person takes a leap of faith that he seemed to be struggling with. He looked much more comfortable making this adjustment during OTAs, which leads me to believe that he is embracing Martz's system and philosophies.
Q: Do you think the Bears will ever have the Honey Bears back on the sidelines? --- dahlillama
A: Not as long as Virginia McCaskey has anything to say about it.
Q: With Al Afalava looking like the odd man out at safety, what do you suppose the Bears could get for him in a trade? A conditional seventh-rounder in 2019? A bag of broken kicking tees and a pop-up toaster? --- Chris K.
A: Afalava is an absolute mystery man. He was the answer at safety until he clearly wasn't. Where the second-year player stands on the current roster and what his future is is one of the many questions this team will carry with them along with shower shoes and jungle hats when they report to training camp. As for what he might fetch in a trade, not much, as of right now.
Q: How do you feel about the decision to have Chris Harris at free safety instead of strong safety? Wouldn't it make more sense to have him at strong safety? He's more dominant in the box than Manning. --- Ro
A: As you know, safeties are deemed interchangeable in the Cover-2 because they often split the field. It would seem more logical to me, however, to keep Harris at strong safety and Manning, the faster of the two, at free. Remember, also, just because he has those players working out in those spots during OTAs and offseason minicamps doesn't mean they'll be lining up there once the season starts. This is the time for experimentation. Perhaps that's all this is. Since the free safety makes the defensive calls for the secondary, and Harris has more experience, it's also likely he's there so he can play more of a leadership role.
Q: Do you expect the Bears to have any interest in ex-Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent in the upcoming supplemental draft? Early reports indicate he can be had for a 4th round pick. --- Vic F.
A: Another great question. You guys are on fire this week. Although the Bears have bid on players before, according to a team spokesperson, they have never before acquired a rookie via the supplemental draft. Here's how it works: Teams bid on players. These are often low-ball bids. In Brent's case, for example, the Bears may make a fifth-or-sixth-round bid hoping to get lucky. The highest bid wins the player. If two teams offer fourth-round bids, the team with the highest fourth-round pick wins. Based on that history, and the presence of second-year defensive linemen Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton, I don't anticipate the Bears making a high enough bid to land Brent.
Q: How's it looking for the competition between Nick Roach, and Pisa Tinoisamoa? The Bears are pretty lucky to have the choice between the two. --- Shaun.
A: It's a tossup heading into camp. Roach missed minicamp with a sore hamstring but Smith hardly seemed concerned about it. "We know what Nick is about," he said at the time. He also knows what Tinoisamoa is about, having coached the eight-year veteran when he was with the Rams. No matter who starts, expect both to see extended playing time. If it's a tossup, Tinoisamoa may get the nod because Roach can play such a big role on special teams.
Q: Do we expect the Bears to blitz more or less during the season given personnel changes? --- Jay Smooth
A: If Julius Peppers can make the entire defensive line better, and they can get pressure from their four-man front, expect less blitzing. If the line continues to generate only mediocre pressure, first-year defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will be forced to blitz more often. I really don't think that question can be answered until we get into the season and see how the defense is performing. Marinelli is a wild card. But he's a classic Cover-2 guy, and a basic tenant of the Cover-2 is: Why blitz if you don't have to?
Q: How many sacks can we expect from Peppers this year? --- Zach
I'm a big believer in you are what you are. That's why I've had such a hard time swallowing the oft-repeated company line about how so many veterans are going to all-of-a-sudden start playing as if it were 2006 again despite what we've seen the past three years. Peppers has averaged 10 sacks per year during his eight-year career. I think he'll be energized while playing in such a great football town. My prediction: 12.

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/33364

12 Comments

Hi Neil:

Thanks for posting my Honey Bears question, it is appreciated.

You did forget the other question about the Wonderlic Scores and how high or low scores translate on the field of play for the various positions and also in the won loss percentage of the coaches from Head Coach to GM to President?

Has anyone ever done a study?


HAYES HERE: Not that I'm aware of. I'll nose around, though.

The Colts offense is not directly related to the Martz offense. While both are vertical offenses with some horizontal aspects, and both use rythem and timing. But the Moore has a history of creating offense based on the personel he has to work with. With Manning he made an offense based the Ace Formation, with lots of no huddle where the QB makes a lot of pre-snap coverage reads, and also progression reads. Manning is used to in a way to force defense to reveal their coverage and if they are blitizing. The largest difference between Martz and Moore is that Moore loves to flex his TE. Moore is a Chuck Noll disciple and credits Noll with teaching him everything he knows. Noll learned football from Paul Brown. Sid Gillman and Brown are the closest thing I can find to tying the Martz offense to Moore. But given the evolution of the game their is not much to tie the two together. You can connect most modern NFL systems to Brown and Gillman.

Noll is how Moore and Dungy were connected.

Moore built the Colts offense around what Manning does well.

"Chuck Noll ... was a great teacher. It was the thing to do with Terry. I wasn't there initially, I came there in '77, but it's a coach's philosophy. It's one of my philosophies. You get a guy like Peyton who has that capability and why not let him do what he does well?"

Moore was always about doing what fits the players he has and what is best for the offense rather than trying to show case a system. Martz would probably be the opposite. Martz does not believe that personel should dictate his offense.

Hope that helps with the Moore offense question.

ahhhh..hear is me to annswr al youer questions sense i am allways rite ans i only gove facts!...

The Colts offense is not directly related to the Martz offense. While both are vertical offenses with some horizontal aspects, and both use rythem and timing. But the Moore has a history of creating offense based on the personel he has to work with. With Manning he made an offense based the Ace Formation, with lots of no huddle where the QB makes a lot of pre-snap coverage reads, and also progression reads. Manning is used to in a way to force defense to reveal their coverage and if they are blitizing. The largest difference between Martz and Moore is that Moore loves to flex his TE. Moore is a Chuck Noll disciple and credits Noll with teaching him everything he knows. Noll learned football from Paul Brown. Sid Gillman and Brown are the closest thing I can find to tying the Martz offense to Moore. But given the evolution of the game their is not much to tie the two together. You can connect most modern NFL systems to Brown and Gillman.

Noll is how Moore and Dungy were connected.

Moore built the Colts offense around what Manning does well.

"Chuck Noll ... was a great teacher. It was the thing to do with Terry. I wasn't there initially, I came there in '77, but it's a coach's philosophy. It's one of my philosophies. You get a guy like Peyton who has that capability and why not let him do what he does well?"

Moore was always about doing what fits the players he has and what is best for the offense rather than trying to show case a system. Martz would probably be the opposite. Martz does not believe that personel should dictate his offense.

Hope that helps with the Moore offense question...sense i am allways right ans you loosers no nothing.

but yo u guys now me old crap-ton..just rying to be posative...

ps i am KING!!!!111!

I like the Nick Roach question, and to me, Roach is the guy that needs to be in the starting lineup. Pisa Tinoisamoa is a hitter, and I like that, but I just don't think the guy has the durability to give Chicago 16 games anymore. Tinoisamoa has went out on IR 3 out of the last 4 seasons, thats not a very good track record. Roach on the other hand has came in and played, and at a pretty high level. Last season Roach was second on the team with 10 tackles for loss. He got 6 of them over the final 10 games, all at strongside linebacker. Roach also had 3 forced fumbles over that span. I also like Roach because he's younger and has more athleticism, Chicago needs to start Roach and use Tinoisamoa as depth. Tinoisamoa might not have the durability to be a full time starter anymore, but he could fill in at either weak or strongside linebacker. In St. Louis he lined up on the weakside, so the guy could give Chicago good depth at both outside linebacker positions, especially with Jamar Williams gone GO BEARS!!

"Martz does not believe that personel should dictate his offense."

Which is a recipe for the failure that we're going to see this year. They won't go 0-16, but there'll be no playoffs. Get ready for the Lamest Show With Smurfs. Mark Anderson, Garrett Wolfe, and Tommy Harris. LOL.

There goes Creighton being all negative again can we just get him banned already because ... (whoops force of habit) Good explaination Creighton, thanks!

Neil: "As you know, safeties are deemed interchangeable in the Cover-2 because they often split the field. It would seem more logical to me, however, to keep Harris at strong safety and Manning, the faster of the two, at free."

And as you know Neil they are NOT. If the safeties were interchangeable then Chicago would not have had such a glaring hole in their coverage ever since Mike Brown was injured and then became a non-factor. Harris is the only guy who has the instincts to play the Free Safety position while Chicago is hoping against hope that Major Wright can fill that void. Unfotrunately for the Bears Wright is a guy who many scouts projected as strong-safety in the NFL mainly because of poor coverage skills and taking bad angles. Not exactly what you want at Free Safety.

If we see Danieal Manning back at FS this season or anywhere but nickelback, you'll know that the secondary will continue it's regression even with Peppers up front.

Ok back off creighton already. i disagree with him on alot of thing but the guy does know his football. he been around since dinosaures padded up on the old gridiron. but yea he is right the colts offense is centereed around peyton manning, he makes the decisions. though both offenses have the basic scheme of timing. martz offense dont rely on the play calling of the qb... again cutler is gonna have a break out season because with the speed of our wide recievers, timing/martz offense would be perfect. if not even with the elite qbs in this league cutler will be close enough and i guarantee if we dont win one game outside our devision we will atleast win em all inside our devision 6 - 10 with a playoff spot.. but all in all the bears will go 13-3 this year offthe defense alone

Well I hope everyone had a good weekend, wow I see some almost Creighton love on the board, how did that happen. Your suppose to love to hate a good villian. Which as we know I am, because all the Bears problems the last three years are my fault as many believe. Cause I wasn't just trying to help answer a question, no I was trying to be evil.

Maybe this will help, hey Brando, Tripper, whoever is doing Crap-Ton, take a look at Fouts answer, you may find it it very intresting, almost identical to mine. Hahahaha(evil laugh), I am in good company this week, me and Dan Fouts agree, woo hoo.

By the way stay away from the taste this year. It is such a waste of time, It smells good, and maybe I have just been to one taste to many. But its like Turkey leg, pizza, pizza, pizza, hot dog, hot dog, hot dog, Rainbow Cone(Which is still freakin great). Besides how many times can you see guys with Mullets wearing jean shorts that are too short and walking around with stacks of empty plastic cups from all the beer they have polished off. Not to mention the severe sun burn those guys always have. Not to mention what guy still wears a faded pink tank top? Ok seeing those guys walking around may make it all worth it. But 10 bucks for a slice of deep dish seems a bit much. Not to mention the parking and the traffic.

By the way if anyone here really is from Chicago, and has been going to the taste for decades, and maybe stopped by the Columbia Yacht Club a few times during that period. Then the name Rivers End Marina should ring a bell. If you know that name, then you know exactly who I am, because I grew up there, and I used to walk to the taste every year from there which took about 6 min. And on the third I used to watch the firworks from the southwest inner basin break wall right next to my dads marina which threw a party every year on the third. Thats just for Brando so go continue your search into who Creighton is. If you don't remember the Barge then you have not been around the city for very long. I would also suggest the movie V.I. Warshawski, sense the buisness featured in that movie is where I grew up.

No problem creighton, i got your back somethime man

Creighton the reason why Crap-ton posted the same thing you did.... Is because your claiming that what you wrote came from your head when infact you copy and pasted it from an artical. So next time you try to look smart and then to tell everybody on here that what you posted and what Dan Fouts had to say were the same try thinking that there are people on here that read more then just Bears news.

Creighton this isnt the first time you claimed what you said was your own words. You copy and past alot of stuff but never give the credit where credit is due....to the people that wrote the artical that you claim is your own words.

Dude the only info that you have is info that everybody else tells you. Stop claiming to fame on someone elses dime. What you known on here for is not a person with vast info your known for trashing the Bears players, fans, coaching staff, GM and owner and most of all the day you were suppose to dress up in drag and hold a sign saying Brando rules.

Woah, BUSTED. but honestly noone on here is an expert of anyone offensive or defensive scheme so it is obvious that he had to recieve it from a reporter who actually talked to the coaches. we all know that creighton is no expert, and the rest of us areent either, he was just shedding a little light on a question someone has asked... If you got your answer does it matter where it came from.. you guys come at him as a no it all but honestly, he has some valid imput "sometimes". Im as big of a bears fan as the next, but he has a right to speak his mind or use whatever info he could to express that

Timmer: "Creighton the reason why Crap-ton posted the same thing you did.... Is because your claiming that what you wrote came from your head when infact you copy and pasted it from an artical."

Question 1: Who posts as Crap-ton? Timmer "knows" why "Crap-ton" posted what he did (and the rest of us thought because the fictional "Crap-ton" is just a boob) and Timmer doesn't know how to spell A-R-T-I-C-L-E. I say case closed on that one.

Question 2: Timmer\"Crap-ton" what article did he copy and paste? [CITATION NEEDED]

I'll hang up and listen for my answer ...

Leave a comment

Twitter updates

Categories

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Neil Hayes published on June 25, 2010 12:07 PM.

Angelo: O-line "the biggest question mark" was the previous entry in this blog.

Angelo's comments draw union ire is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.