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Hester Expects Improvement On Offense in 2011

In Mike Martz’s first season as offensive coordinator, the Chicago Bears ranked 30th in total offense, 21st in scoring offense, 22nd in rushing, 28th in passing, 27th on third downs, and 26th in the red zone.

Bears wide receiver Devin Hester expects improvement in Year Two, reports Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“The biggest thing is we’re now a year into the system,” Hester said. “We did actually start clicking toward midseason and throughout so that was good. Now the goal is to finish where we started and really pick it up and be more advanced with it.”

With veterans Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Greg Olsen, Hester, Johnny Knox, and Earl Bennett returning, the continuity should help. What may have the biggest impact on whether or not the Bears improve offensively is if the offensive line can improve over a 2010 performance that ranked 29th in Football Outsiders’ “Adjusted Line Yards” and 32nd in “Adjusted Sack Rate”.

The addition of first-round offensive tackle Gabe Carimi should help in the short-term — and will definitely help in the long-term — but the Bears’ line could struggle again in 2011 if they fail to re-sign veteran center Olin Kreutz.


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