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Lovie Smith would like to see better production in the run game, and he says it starts with the line.
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith told reporters on Wednesday that he believes his team's commitment to the run game is strong but that the execution needs to improve.
"There's a commitment to the run and that's good," Smith said. "But we still need to get more production from our running game."
(via ESPN Chicago)
The Chicago Bears have rushed the ball the 11th most times in football so far in 2012, but it's only resulted in the 16th most rush yards in the league. This has come on the heels of new general manager Phil Emery signed running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush to longterm deals in the offseason.
Smith said that he believes the root issue against the Dallas Cowboys was the team's run blocking, but he assured reporters that the team will fix that issue. Center Robert Garza agreed, saying that it's time for the offensive line to "make that next step and get our running game going."
The good news for the Bears is that their Week 5 opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, currently has the third-worst run defense in the NFL. The Jags have given up an average of 150.3 yards per game