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Tice working to get offense back on track

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 19, 2012 – 6:04 pm

According to Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, the two fastest increments of time in the history of the universe are “the time it takes a New York cab driver to beep his horn when the light turns green and the time it takes to go from the penthouse to the outhouse in the NFL.”

Tice experienced the first situation while growing up in Long Island and the second last Thursday night when the Bears followed an impressive win over the Colts with a deflating loss to the Packers.

“That wasn’t what we wanted to be last week,” Tice said after the offense mustered just 168 total yards and 11 first downs while committing four turnovers and yielding seven sacks.

“Fortunately or unfortunately, we’ve had a week to correct. The first thing I have to do is correct me, so I’ve worked diligently to see where I can be better to help our players to get better, and now we move on to St. Louis and see if we can get back on track.”

Asked to identify the most important area to improve, Tice said: “We need to block, block, block people. We can’t do anything unless we block people.

“You go into a game and you believe you have a good plan. You tweak the plan in the course of the game and you try to put players in position to succeed. Not always can a guy have help, so when those occasions arise, when a player doesn’t get the help, he’s got to win.

“We don’t expect our players to grade out 100 percent. I’ve coached some great linemen. I’ve coached a guy (Randall McDaniel) who’s in the Hall of Fame. He never graded 100 percent, so we don’t expect that. But we expect better results than we had.”

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