The Bears offense could look different against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10.
Week 10 is an exciting one for the Minnesota Vikings. The team is trying to put together their third win in a row against NFC North opponents and do so in a Monday Night Football contest at a place where they always seem to struggle: Soldier Field.
Entering this game, the Chicago Bears have a 5-4 record and have their defense to thank for that. The team from the Windy City is 29th in the NFL in yards of offense per game at 317.8. To make things worse for them, they are dead last in rushing yards per game at 82.3 yards per game.
In contrast, the Bears defense is seventh in giving up the fewest points per game and ninth in fewest total yards allowed. In an attempt to balance their offense and defense going forward, the team is reported to be making some changes.
According to a report from Ian Rappoport on Twitter, there will be a new playcaller for the Chicago Bears when they take on the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
When taking over for Matt Nagy, Bill Lazor isn’t likely to come out with a new playbook or formations against the Vikings. However, there are some things that are notable about his tendencies. He has coached for four NCAA programs and seven NFL teams in his career, picking up a lot of information along the way.
In an article on the USA Today website, one thing fans can likely expect is a faster pace to keep the opposing defense on their heels. Here is what Lazor told the media outlet back in 2014 when he was hired as their offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins:
"“My voice is like this because I’m yelling, ‘Tempo!'” he said. “I’m trying to get them out of the huddle faster. They’re going as fast as they can go, and it’s my job to show them they can go faster. It’s my job to take them places maybe they didn’t think they could get to. Every time you do that with a player, his eyes widen and he’s like, ‘I can be better.’ That’s what we’re looking for.”"
Since this will be Lazor’s first game with playcalling duties, the Bears are likely to ease into major changes. However, the Minnesota Vikings need to be aware that the tempo of Monday’s game might be a little faster than they’ve seen on tape from Chicago.
If the Bears can find a rhythm offensively to go with their defense, they will be an even scarier opponent for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10. Let’s hope the purple and gold are up to the challenge.