Coaches and players have sidestepped questions about the shift in the offensive philosophy, which can be broken down quite easily.
B.B. and A.B.
Before the Bye, and After the Bye.
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz couldn't dial up enough passes during the team's 4-3 start. But, after their bye Halloween weekend, the Bears have become far more balanced, with Matt Forte having one of the best finishes for a running back in the NFL.
During an appearance this morning on ESPN 1000 with Waddle and Silvy, Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice provided the most telling answer I've heard yet.
"As a staff, Mike and I and [Lovie] Smith talked about getting the best guys we felt possible solidified by the bye weekend," Tice said. "We had some younger guys we thought would come along a little bit faster than they did early in the season. We had some injury problems, most notably to Chris Williams, a little ding to Roberto Garza on the right knee, [and he] had surgery.
"And then once we came out of the bye, we did like every staff, we looked at who we are and what we were trying to do, and looked at who we really were and what we could actually do. I think Coach Martz has done a great job of adapting to that. We started to put together a little more rhythm and balance on offense."
That's Tice's attempt at diplomacy. But, whatever the impetus, Martz changed gears and emphasized the run -- and the Bears offense has been better since.