Offensive coordinator Mike Tice knows exactly what the Bears have to accomplish Sunday when they visit the Arizona Cardinals in a must-win game at University of Phoenix Stadium.
“We need to score more points,” Tice said. “We need to execute the game plan, we need to make sure we have a good game plan, we need to make sure I call plays where the players have a chance to make plays; do a better job with that—and then have a great week of practice and go down there with good energy and win the damn game, win the damn football game.”
The Bears have averaged only 14.2 points in losing five of six games after averaging 29.5 points while winning seven of their first eight contests. In last Sunday’s loss to the rival Packers, they were limited to 190 total yards and were 0-of-9 on third down.
Tice was asked Wednesday about receiver Brandon Marshall’s comment after the game that “everyone on offense should be held accountable, even if that means jobs.”
“I didn’t hear it. It kind of filtered back,” Tice said. “We’re all emotional. It’s hard when you lose, not a game but it’s hard when you have a string like this and frustrations mount.
“We’re all accountable. It starts with me. I’m wearing a hat. I have to do a better job, and I’ve been in this league a long time to know how this pecking order works. It falls on my shoulders. It falls on everybody’s shoulder. But like I said, what can I do better to help me get better and help us win? That’s how I’m approaching this week with that kind of energy.”
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