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Bears' no-huddle O befuddles Giants
By Lindsey Willhite | Daily Herald Staff

Bears running back Matt Forte celebrates his 32-yard touchdown run Saturday during the first quarter against the Giants at Soldier Field.

 

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Published: 8/22/2009 11:41 PM

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The Bears wanted to work on their no-huddle offense during Saturday's 17-3 exhibition win over the New York Giants, but they didn't get as many reps as they hoped.

Why? Because they scored too quickly after breaking out the no-huddle midway through their second drive at Soldier Field.

The Bears gave the Giants a killer right-left-right-left flurry that went a little something like this:

• Matt Forte cutting from right guard back to the left on a zone play for a 17-yard gain.

• Forte getting dumped for a 1-yard loss off left tackle.

• Jay Cutler zipping a 17-yard completion to Greg Olsen on the numbers to the right.

• Cutler reading the defense at the line and calling an audible for Forte's zone run to the left.

New left tackle Orlando Pace took one linebacker outside, new left guard Frank Omiyale walled off a linebacker to the inside and Forte danced untouched 32 yards for a touchdown that gave the Bears a 10-0 lead.

"I stretched in and I saw the safety coming down," Forte said. "I just made one cut and took it up the field."

That was enough no-huddle offense for the Bears - and more than enough for future opponents to ponder.

"That's something we'll continue to do and sprinkle in," said offensive coordinator Ron Turner. "We did it quite a bit last year. It was good to us and I think our guys feel really comfortable in that situation."

Or any situation, at least when they have all of their weapons available.

During the first string's three series on Saturday, the Bears racked up 17 points and 199 yards in 25 snaps.

Forte was the biggest workhorse as he posted 58 yards in 9 carries and caught a 9-yard pass.

"We wanted to have everybody on the offense clicking on all cylinders and looking like everybody was on the same page," Forte said. "When we've got all these starters in there and everybody's clicking the way we have been doing in camp - we put it on the field when it counts in the game."

Pace, who's easing into his 13th NFL season, believes the Bears offense remains a work in progress when huddling and not.

"I told (right tackle) Chris (Williams) today, 'As long as we build and get better every week, by Week 1 we'll be fine and ready to go,' " Pace said. "Hopefully we can play like that every week."