Now, I know that this hasn't been the Bears' norm this season, but I witnessed early on Sunday what could possibly be called a nearly perfect Bears-style opening drive. I will post every play from said drive below, blanking the names to protect the innocent. The more that I see of this drive, the more I am absolutely impressed with it, and I'd like to see the Bears put together stuff like this in the future.
· 1-10-OWN 5 (14:44) 23-RB1 left guard to OWN 7 for 2 yards.
· 2-8-OWN 7 (14:11) 8-QB pass short left to 81-TE1 to OWN 18 for 11 yards.
· 1-10-OWN 18 (13:29) (Shotgun) 8-QB pass incomplete short left to 80-WR1.
· 2-10-OWN 18 (13:24) 23-RB1 right tackle to OWN 27 for 9 yards.
· 3-1-OWN 27 (12:49) 23-RB1 left tackle to OWN 29 for 2 yards.
· 1-10-OWN 29 (12:07) (Shotgun) 8-QB pass incomplete short right to 81-TE1.
· 2-10-OWN 29 (12:02) 44-RB2 right tackle to OWN 49 for 20 yards.
· 1-10-OWN 49 (11:30) 23-RB1 left end pushed ob at OPP 46 for 5 yards. PENALTY on OWN-85-TE2, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at OWN 49 - No Play.
· 1-20-OWN 39 (11:11) 8-QB pass short right to 85-TE2 to OPP 47 for 14 yards.
· 2-6-OPP 47 (10:30) 23-RB1 up the middle to OPP 42 for 5 yards.
· 3-1-OPP 42 (9:51) 23-RB1 right end to OPP 41 for 1 yard. PENALTY on OWN-85-TE2, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at OPP 41.
· 3-10-OWN 49 (9:17) (Shotgun) 8-QB pass deep right to 81-TE1 to OPP 33 for 18 yards.
· 1-10-OPP 33 (8:33) 23-RB1 left tackle to OPP 27 for 6 yards.
· 2-4-OPP 27 (7:54) 23-RB1 right tackle to OPP 22 for 5 yards.
· 1-10-OPP 22 (7:16) 44-RB2 left guard to OPP 22 for no gain.
· 2-10-OPP 22 (6:46) 8-QB pass short left to 23-RB1 pushed ob at OPP 14 for 8 yards.
· 3-2-OPP 14 (6:10) 8-QB up the middle to OPP 12 for 2 yards.
· 1-10-OPP 12 (5:28) 23-RB1 left guard to OPP 6 for 6 yards.
· 2-4-OPP 6 (4:51) 23-RB1 right guard to OPP 1 for 5 yards.
· 1-1-OPP 1 (4:11) 8-QB pass short left to 81-TE1 for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
For the record, that is a 19 play, 95 yard drive for 7 points in 10:55 with only two penalties. Can anybody remember a time when the Bears actually had drives like that? Likely some time in the 80s, when Bears drives like this were not quite commonplace, but far more expected than they are today.
Now, I'm not saying that every Bears offensive drive should look exactly like this. That would be insane and asinine. No team in NFL history could consistently sustain drives like this. However, the spirit of the drive, where one team holds on to the ball for an extended period of time, marches down the field in a methodical manner, and eventually scores while running down the clock, keeping the defense on the field, and not making (many) mistakes, is one that I'd like to see return to this Bears team consistently.