The Hall of Fame defensive end and Fox analyst Howie Long analyses the reason behind the remarkable success of the Chicago Bears at this season under offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
According to him the main turning point for the Bears was when Martz, who is famous for his passes, took the strategy to run the ball more, and it entirely changed the scenario.
Chicago Sun-Times writes,
‘‘Defenses didn’t respect the way [the Bears] ran the football,’’ said Long, a Hall of Fame defensive end. ‘‘But they started to find balance vs. Buffalo. That was a turning point.
‘‘Leading up to that point, there was a disproportionate number of throws. [That led to] protection issues, turnovers, Cutler under siege.’’
At the Starting Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills, the Bears triumphs seven of their next nine games and closed out the regular season and captures the NFC North.