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Should Bears use no-huddle offense?


Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

I think the Bears should go into their no huddle offense for the entire game. It seems like that's the only time they move the ball, and what could it hurt?

Pat M.
Butte, Montana

I think part of the reason that the no-huddle seems so successful is that the Bears have run it late in games when they're trailing by a considerable margin, so the opposing defense is giving them a lot of the short throws and letting them move down the field while taking time off the clock. I don't think it would be as successful if they ran it say on the second or third series of a game. It also limits the types of plays that could be called, so I think it's impractical to run it for an entire game. With that being said, it is like throwing a change up at the defense, so I certainly wouldn't mind seeing the Bears run it maybe once a half.

With the playoffs out of reach, do you think the Bears will give Jimmy Clausen a chance to play and see what he can do?

Evan B.
Evanston, Illinois

Coach Marc Trestman made it clear last week that that won't happen, saying: "Jay [Cutler] is our quarterback. If he's available to play, he's going to play. Jimmy is continuing to work in the offense and he practices and we certainly like having him on our football team. But as we get ready for New Orleans, Jay will get the reps and he'll be playing."

It seems like the Bears never lose to the Saints in Chicago and never beat them in New Orleans. Is that true?

Phillip M.
Boise, Idaho

Actually, it's much closer than you think. The Bears are 10-7 all-time against the Saints at home (including 2-0 in the playoffs) and 5-6 on the road. The home team has won four of the last five meetings, though, since 2006 with the Bears winning in Chicago in the 2006 playoffs and again in 2007 and 2008 and the Saints winning in New Orleans in 2011 and in Chicago last season.

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