Chicago Bears' Offensive Line Fails in Pass Protection, But Allow Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell to Run Free

I am looking at the stats from the Bears' first preseason game via my BlackBerry Torch.

Matt Forte did not get a single carry while Jay Cutler got only one pass off. He was sacked once, while Caleb Hanie and Nathan Enderle went down a combined eight times.

Meanwhile, third-string running back Marion Barber rushed seven times for 45 yards, 6.4 yards per carry. Fourth-string back Kahlil Bell ran for 73 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 46 yards.

With this in mind, I have mixed reviews about Chicago's offensive line.

On the one hand, while it is the first time the line is playing in live action since Olin Kruetz left, it still makes fans in Windy City to see the quarterbacks not have any time to throw.

On the other hand, the Bears showed that they can run the football. Therefore, Mike Martz should really start establishing the run with his offense.

By doing so, it can keep defenses honest and give Cutler some more time in the pocket.

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