Chicago Bears: 3 reasons to commit to the run

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A commitment to the run game for the Chicago Bears will reap benefits that extend beyond the offense.

The Chicago Bears’ offensive unit would not be the only unit that would benefit from the Bears committing their offense to the run game.

The defense would too.

One area where Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy should be applauded is for his ability to keep the locker room from fracturing. Whenever there is a stark contrast between an offensive unit and a defensive unit, it seems inevitable that there would be a rift between the two units.

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That did not happen for the Bears last season who boasted a defense that was among the best in the NFL last season and an offense that was near the bottom in nearly every offensive statistical category last season.

As the Bears’ defense ages, there is bound to be a regression. With that regression, there will also be a matter of the Bears’ defensive starters struggling to have the endurance to stay in games. There were glimpses of it last season as it was nearly once a game that Khalil Mack was shown on the sideline winded while the defense remained on the field.

If the Bears have an offense that can neither score points nor control the game, the pressure will be on the defense. Pressure in the sense of the defense having to play perfect football in order to give the team a chance win. Beyond that, it would lead to the defense being on the field for an extended amount of time. Neither of those two ingredients is in the recipe of having an elite defense let alone, a playoff team.

That is why the offensive run game is important to the Bears’ defense as well. An emphasis on the run game would allow for the Bears to control the game offensively while also having the time of possession advantage. An advantage with the time of possession will lead to the Bears’ defensive starters remaining fresh for the longevity of the game.

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Therefore, a commitment to the run for the Bears will not only fix their broken offense but assist in the defense remaining on an elite level.