LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- After watching his team abandon the run after the first quarter of a 30-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said the offense has to be more balanced to win.
"I know the balance as far as running/pass wasn't there. All I can say is we'll get it better," Smith said Monday. "You can't win football games with that type of balance."
The ground game got off to a promising start as Matt Forte busted loose for a 42-yard run on the first play of the Bears' second offensive series. Forte had seven rushing attempts in the opening quarter, but just three the rest of the game, as Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz heavily favored the passing attack.
Martz called 52 passing plays compared to 11 total runs -- Cutler rushed one time for 12 yards but the play was designed to be a throw and was sacked six times, including five in the fourth quarter. He completed 19 of 45 passes for 244 yards with one touchdown.
"It just happened. It happens like that sometimes and we'll clean it up," Smith said of the Bears' lack of balance. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you the reason why. I'm just going to tell you we have to get the balance a lot better, and we will. We didn't do that [Sunday] for a lot of different reasons."
Forte made a big impact in the passing game with 10 receptions for 117 yards, but he was surprised he only got 10 carries.
"Ten rushes is not really a whole lot," Forte said. "When you get behind pretty quick in the second half, I think the mindset was you have to pass the ball and get big chunks of yards back or get a quick score in the passing game. We tried to do that, but we had a bunch of three and outs. We didn't convert on third down which really killed us."
ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.