Jauron Defends Offense

The Bears have three touchdowns in three games, but Dick Jauron claims to be happy with the offense and no major changes are on the horizon.

"I don't have any problems with what we're doing," Jauron said. "However, we need to score more points. I don't have a problem with our offense. We need to score more points with it. That's the problem."

Despite Jim Miller going 18-33 for only 139 yards passing Jauron insisted everyone was to blame for the offensive struggles.

"No. When you say that, you're pointing the finger at the players," he said. "We're all in this together. We just didn't get it done; we did not play well enough to win. That's the bottom line and that's me. That points directly to me."

What adjustments are in store for an offense, which is averaging 11 points over the last three games and 19.5 points per game for the season? Not much, according to Jauron.

"We try to get more points scored. But if you mean are we changing our offense, no, I don't think it's a good time to change your philosophy. The fact is that we are 9-3, 9-2 going into that game yesterday. I think we're 11-4 since John took over, and I'll take that record. I'll live with that record."

Miller attests to the Jauron theory of staying the course and putting everything in perspective.

"We're 9-3. I think people have got to pinch themselves a little bit. It's going into the fourth quarter of our season," Miller said. "We've got four games left. So we'll just get it right and take it one at a time.

"When you lose its frustrating. People get upset because you lose to a division rival. I hear a lot of complaining but there's not a lot of complaining in this locker room."

However, the scene wasn't calm Sunday when at least one member of the defense yelled at offensive coordinator John Shoop to change his play calling. Jauron said that it wasn't an isolated incident, but one that has been blown out of proportion.

"This is the National Football League. This is not a Boy Scout meeting," Jauron said. "These guys are very competitive. I'm not saying it doesn't happen in Boy Scout meetings; I don't know that. But this is the NFL. It happens and we deal with it. The problem is that everything that's said on the sideline is public. There are microphones and dangling objects down on the field and they record every single word you say, and that's difficult. These are emotional people, and not just the players; coaches included."

The Bears now have to focus their attention on a hot Bucs team that has won three straight games since losing to the Bears 27-24 (Nov.18). The weather is supposed to be above 50 degrees, so that could be a bad sign for Chicago.

"I'm concerned every week trying to get them ready and they've risen to the occasion," Jauron said. "This is a very resilient bunch of guys and they seem to rise up when the need be."

The Bears can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Tampa.


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