The Bears' veteran-laden offensive line expects to play better than it has through two games. The linemen are taking responsibility for the offense sputtering.
"It starts up front," guard Kyle Long said. "There's a lot of things I can do better, a lot of blocks I'm not making, a lot of guys unaccounted for. I'll be on guys at the beginning of the play and at the end of the play they're around the pile. I need to make it my personal goal not to allow my matchup to make the play. If we all do that -- and I know everybody strives to do that -- then we'll have a lot of success.
"We got to get back to the basics. That's one thing (offensive line coach Harry Hiestand always preaches: back to the basics. When things get a little out of whack, back to the basics. Because when we use our basics, not many people on earth can beat us."
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was sacked five times in the Bears' season-opening loss to the Packers, and the running game was never established. Hiestand was frustrated with his group, so they went back to work.
Coach Matt Nagy made it a priority to get the ground attack moving as the Bears prepared for a trip to play the Broncos. Nagy was committed to rookie running back David Montgomery on Sunday, but he only had 62 yards on 18 carries. Often times, Montgomery was searching for rushing lanes that never came.
The Bears have scored a combined 19 points in two games after averaging 26.3 points per game in 2018.
"It all starts with us up front," guard Cody Whitehair said. "Creating the holes and then giving Mitch time to find those weapons on the outside. That's what we're doing. We're focusing on it every day, just how we get better."
The Bears have other issues on offense that must be addressed as well. Trubisky has taken a major step backward, averaging only 4.8 yards per pass attempt after two games. The offense has scored just one touchdown and hasn't produced enough explosive plays.
While there's blame to go around for everybody, the offensive linemen are eager to accept their share. They demand more of each other and are striving to be better.
"I know the amount of work that all of the people in this locker room put in, the men upstairs, the hours they put in," Long said. "We're not a group that isn't going to make sure something is going to happen. We're going to be here until it gets fixed and until it gets right."