The day after the Bears failed to convert on third down in a dozen tries and suffered a half dozen more sacks, coach Lovie Smith defended his offensive coordinator and his game plan.
"We all went in with that game plan feeling good about it, Mike and everybody else," Smith said. "We didn't execute the game plan the way we wanted to but I'm behind everything we've done offensively and am excited about the direction we're going to continue to go from there."
Smith said the offensive line, which has been reshuffled frequently this season, will remain intact heading into next week's game against the Redskins. He also said the offense needs more balance after running backs Matt Forte and Chester Taylor combined for only 12 carries against the Seahawks. Quarterback Jay Cutler, meanwhile, attempted 39 passes.
"Third downs have really hurt us as much as anything," Smith said. "When you can't keep drives going, when you have short drives it's really hard to get a real flow going. We have to be able to do that. Realize we have to have more balance on the offensive side of the football and we plan on doing that. We've taken too many sacks. Again, we haven't established the run the way we would like to. We realize all those things."