After the Bears had 12 rushes and 51 pass plays in their 30-13 loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, coach Lovie Smith sounded like he was going to nip that problem in the bud. It took eight games last year.
‘‘I know the balance as far as run/pass wasn’t there,’’ Smith said Monday at Halas Hall. ‘‘All I can say is we’ll get it better. We can’t win football games with that kind of balance.’’
Matt Forte gained 42 yards on his first six carries during the Bears’ first two drives. But one carry went for 42 yards. The other five netted zero.
We'd love to be a fly on the wall when Smith is trying to convince Mike Martz to run the ball more.