One of the quickest ways the Bears can improve an offense that threatens to jeopardize their playoff plans is to reduce their overabundance of penalties.
The Bears’ total of 61 penalties isn’t terribly egregious, but they’ve been flagged 56 percent more often than their opponents. The alarming number is the 37 penalties that have been whistled on the offense, including a ridiculous 18 false start penalties.
That’s 18 false starts in just four road games, only one of which was played in a dome (Cowboys), and that one’s retractable. That’s an inexcusable number of false starts, and it breaks down this way: Chilo Rachal (3), Gabe Carimi (3), Roberto Garza (3), Kellen Davis (2), Lance Louis (2), Matt Spaeth (1), Brandon Marshall (1), Kahlil Bell (1), J’Marcus Webb (1) and Devin Hester (1).