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New Offensive Strategy: Bears Edition

Posted by Bob Swerski on October 2, 2007

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This is a new idea which I feel could actually help the Bears offense a great deal… I’ll call it the Faux Punt.  We simply line Devin Hester 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage, hike the ball to Griese, and then have him lob it back to D.H .as if it were a punt or kick return.  I have a feeling that it would be alot more productive over our current offense which is called the interception-punt (throwing the ball downfield to the other team instead of to our team which in a way acts as a short punt). 

In all seriousness, why do teams even bother kicking the ball to Devin Hester?  It has been shown that you have a better chance to score with our offense on the field than we do, so why not just give it to us on the 40 and wait for our offense to throw you a touchdown pass. 

Take our most recent loss to the Lions.  Our offense had a total 303 yards, which was our highest production of the season.  Devin Hester had around 314 return yards and a touchdown (this could have been higher but the Lions made 2 shoe-string leg tackles which prevented Hester from putting a few more points on the board).  In Week 2 against the Chiefs after shooing away a few pigeons, Hester ran it back 73 yards untouched for the score.  The fact is that Bears fans get excited whenever he is on the field because there is a definite possibility of him running it back for a touchdown.  Never have I ever experienced sitting on the edge of my seat for every punt and kickoff return, while going to get beer and nacho refills while our offense is on the field.

I show this video for several reasons:  1.  It has my favorite announcer Jeff Joniak calling all the returns from last season.  2.  You can see that Devin Hester does it all whether it be breaking tackles like in the Minnesota game, great cuts like in the Arizona game, and pure speed like both the ones in St. Louis.  And 3.  After the first one the Bears announcers were somewhat surprised, but by the last couple you have the other announcer giggling in the background while Joniak before the ball is even snapped questions why you would kick to him.

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