The Bears subscribed to KISS philosophy last week, for the the preseason opener in San Diego.
On offense, in particular, they focused on routine things like quarterback-center exchange, offensive line disciple (as in avoiding procedural penalties) and relatively basic plays.
They will ramp it up but don't expect anything that resembles what Mike Martz did in St. Louis. They may work in a few razzle-dazzle plays, to pump up the Soldier Field crowd. But, Martz doesn't want to tip his hand, to what they are going to do for the season opener against the Detroit Lions.
Anyone who watched the Bears in Bourbonnais knows that the offense is an aggressive one that works the ball to each skill player to all parts of the field. There's a lot of motioning and shifting, almost resembling the Arena League.
Surely, though, the Bears would like to pop some decent runs and work the ball to players like Greg Olsen and Devin Hester, to get their feet wet.
But the second half could be really interesting. Dan LeFevour had a turbulent week at practice, and Matt Gutierrez is learning the offense on the fly. He throws a solid ball, but he appeared to miss more than he hit on Thursday in practice.
Here are three offensive players I'm curious to watch today:
1) Devin Hester -- He runs hot and cold in practice, but he dominated Wednesday's session. It appeared, in fact, like it was Devin Hester Day. Certainly, this team wants him to succeed in that position, and I would think he'll get a few chances to fire up the fans today.
2) Lance Louis -- It's pretty remarkable that he is the man to beat, since a couple of veteran options are available. I've watched him a lot in practice, but I really want to see how he responds today and focus on him from play to play.
3) Matt Forte -- He didn't have much to work with last week, since the line didn't give him much room to operate. But, Forte never flashed the speed he has in training camp practices. It would be nice to see him at least get a pass in space, to showcase his wheels and to prove whether he's capable of making a defender miss.