Chicago Bears: 3 Offensive Keys to Making the Playoffs

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Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears Jay Cutler (6) directs his offense as they play the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears are coming off one of their worst two-year spans in the history of the franchise. The Lovie Smith-era ended in 2012 with a 10-6 record, but Marc Treastman was not able to continue the Bears’ success in 2013 and 2014, combining for 13-19 record in two years.

Chicago has only reached  the playoff four times in the 21st century, with the last occurrence coming in the 2010 season.

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The offense was a mess in 2014. Following a year in which the Bears scored 445 points, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer‘s unit only scored 319 points. The team also finished outside the top-20 in total offense in 2014, after finishing eighth in the category the previous season.

The Bears can’t get much lower, so improvement is on the way. But this offense has the capability of being a playoff-caliber unit, only if everything falls into place.

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