John Shoop, who just completed his full season as offensive coordinator,
uses a variation of the West Coast offense. The short passing game relies on
the quarterback to make an accurate pass needing the Bears big receivers to
break a tackle for any chance of a big play.
The running game has also a
featured part of the attack. Anthony Thomas came out of Michigan with a
solid resume, but fell to the second round of the draft because of perceived
lack breakaway speed and playing behind an offensive line that had four
players drafted. The Bears offensive line (James "Big Cat" Williams, Rex
Tucker, Olin Kreutz, Chris Villarrial, and Blake Brockermeyer) was the only
group to have the same five players start all 16 games. Kreutz and Williams
both earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. The duo anchored the unit, which allowed
the fewest sacks in the league (17).
Statistically speaking the Bears defense wasn't entirely impressive. The
pass defense ranked 29th in the NFL. However, the unit only allowed 12
passing touchdowns. In fact, Chicago gave up the fewest points in the league
(203). The number one priority for the unit was to stop the run. Chicago's
rush defense second in the league giving up 3.5 yards per carry.
The front four was excellent against the run, but didn't present a
consistent pass-rush. However, defensive coordinator Greg Blache used the
blitz to get the QB. Outside linebacker Rosevelt Colvin led the team in
sacks with 10.5. As a team the Bears got the quarterback 48 times, which 12
more than last season.
Turnovers were also a key to the Bears success. Chicago forced 37 turnovers
(20 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries) and scored five touchdowns off