Forte. Use him. - Jonathan Daniel
It might be an even more rough week or two for the Bears offense if Cutler is out. Here's a couple quick ways the Bears can answer the call.
Luckily, they have the Bears defense.
If Cutler sits out this next game against the 49ers, and he probably should, the Bears defense will need to play no-nonsense solid football to make sure the 49ers don't get the best of them.
With Alex Smith also possibly out, the Black Ops team that is the Bears front seven should be able to contain Colin Kaepernick. Getting too aggressive, though, and blowing their zone coverage could leave a tight end like Vernon Davis running up killstreaks through the middle. Lesson to be learned? Develop your strategy and stick to it.
On offense, the Bears would do well with a steady stream of Forte and Bush. The 49ers are giving up nearly 5 yards per gain behind the left guard, and an average of 5.5 yards off of the right end. Even thought the 49ers are a top 10 rushing defense, you can get after them.
Pound the ball up the middle with Bush and Forte, and utilize Forte's shiftiness to get him out in the open field on the right side. It doesn't matter if there's eight in the box. Utilize the misdirection, and stretch to get Forte outside. Do that enough, and you'll get the defenders to subconsciously widen a bit. When that happens, hit the middle hard. Control the rock, lock down your endpoints, and make it easy for your backup General.
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