Tag:Kyle Orton
Posted on: February 13, 2008 12:14 am

2007 Bears Passing Offense numbers: Interesting?

The title of this web story is "Potent Passing Attack"

...and its about the 2007 Chicago Bears!?

But after reading the article, there is an argument there.  Here's an excerpt from it:

Bears quarterbacks Brian Griese, Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton combined to throw for 3,701 gross passing yards and 3,362 net yards in 2007, the third highest totals in both categories in franchise history.

Four of the Bears' six highest net passing totals have come during Ron Turner's two stints as offensive coordinator (1993-96; 2005-07). The Bears set team passing records in 1999 with 4,352 gross yards and 4,136 net yards.

Brian Griese led the Bears in all passing categories in 2007 with 1,803 yards, 10 touchdowns and a 75.6 passer rating.
From Week 4 through the rest of the season, the Bears produced 25 completions of at least 25 yards, which tied for third most in the NFL behind only New England (31) and Green Bay (30).

Eight different receivers hauled in 25-plus-yard catches during that span. Griese led the team with 13 such pass plays during that stretch, while Grossman registered nine (10 total) and Orton had three.

There has been a lot said about Brian Griese and how he was ineffective, but I don't think he stood a chance in the offensive playcall.  Griese and his 30+- year old arm was asked to throw the ball 30+ times a game with a season high of 45+ in the game versus the Lions.  I never understood why they abandoned the run after they sat Grossman down.  Speaking of Rex Grossman, he was doomed to fail as well.  I still believe that he needed one season to sit and learn behind a capable veteran for a year.  The Bears should have let Griese play 2006 season, and allowed Grossman to watch and FORCED him to work on his mechanics and "read & recognition" skills. I digress though... These numbers are something though...
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