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Bears' 60-second rant: Better balance should be goal for offense

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By Dan Parr

Allow me to nitpick a little. As long as the Bears are winning, this won't be a major concern. I have to imagine, however, that head coach Lovie Smith — who was, and still may be, a major proponent of a "get off the bus running" philosophy — would like to strike a better balance between the passing and running game.

Two weeks into the season, only the Cowboys have a greater disparity between their production on the ground and in the air. Jay Cutler has thrown for 649 yards — the third-most in the league — but the Bears are tied for 28th in rushing yards and are averaging just 2.8 yards per carry.

By no means has offensive coordinator Mike Martz abandoned the run, although there is a lingering perception that he would rather throw. They've run the ball 50 times compared to 64 passing attempts. Dallas, on the other hand, has thrown the ball 99 times while rushing only 42.

It's incumbent upon Chicago's offensive line, which hasn't done much in terms of creating holes for RBs Matt Forté and Chester Taylor thus far, to do a better job to take some of the burden off Cutler and the receivers and also to keep defenses honest. While Forté broke free on an 89-yard touchdown reception in Week One, neither back has a run of longer than 17 yards in 2010.

Being called one-dimensional is fine when you're 2-0, and relying heavily on either the run or the pass doesn't necessarily prevent a team from making the playoffs. But many of the teams that go deep into the postseason get it done by attacking the opposition with a balanced offense.

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