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What Olsen, Hester, and Wolfe Bring to the Offense

A lot of the clamor in Bears' Nation these days is towards Ron Turner's play calling and the (lack of) participation of our new offensive weapons - Olsen, Hester, and Wolfe.

While each has a new dynamic to bring to out offense:

Olsen - The big TE who can stretch the field
Hester - The game-breaking ability in the open field
Wolfe - You can't tackle what you can't see

But beyond that, simply having an extended number of weapons to employ is a huge advantage, much greater than initially meets the eye.

Going back to the beginning of last season, da Bears are 17-7 (including the playoffs).  During that stretch, our quarterbacks have completed passes to an average of 6.875 receivers per game, as shown by the following table:

Here's how having a plethora of weapons has made an impact.  When the Bears complete passes to less than 7 receivers, they are 5-3.  When they complete passes to exactly 7 receivers, they are 6-4.  When they complete passes to greater than 7 receivers (like this week against Green Bay), they are an undefeated 6-0.

Obviously, just trying to rack up completions to eight different receivers isn't going to guarantee victory.  Spreading the ball around is a side effect of an offense that is running on all cylinders.  However, having that many play-makers to get the ball to is a great advantage and one that we need to continue to exploit as the season progresses.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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