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Bears OC Mike Tice continues to move away from Martzfense

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LAKE FOREST, IL - JUNE 12: Offensive coordinator Mike Tice of the Chicago Bears watches a minicamp practice at Halas Hall on June 12, 2012 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
LAKE FOREST, IL - JUNE 12: Offensive coordinator Mike Tice of the Chicago Bears watches a minicamp practice at Halas Hall on June 12, 2012 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Bears fans weren't exactly supportive of former OC Mike Martz's offensive strategies, and it appears that new play-caller Mike Tice is eliminating some of the biggest issues that plagued the team's offense over the last couple years.

Two weeks ago, QB Jay Cutler said that he was being allowed to call audibles at the line of scrimmage (something that Mike Martz would never allow), and today, sophomore offensive lineman Gabe Carimi said that Tice has eliminated the 7-step drop from the offense.

Martz had his system... One that had seen incredible success in the past. But he never demonstrated any flexibility when things wouldn't work. Run it again. Run it again. We're going to keep running it until you do it right...

Mike Tice stated shortly after his promotion that he would look at what works, what doesn't work, and figure out how best to exploit the talents of his offense, particularly with his QB. He said he would be flexible, and willing to change if something wasn't effective. So far, he's backing up what he said.

He'll get his first test next month when preseason begins. Stay tuned...