by Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
One dimensional. That is how Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews described the Chicago Bears offense after a poor performance in yesterday’s 23-16 loss.
The Bears were coming into this game off a bye, so they should have had fresh legs and a fresh perspective. Instead, the Bears came in sluggish, unprepared and downright confused. And the score would have been even worse if Aaron Rodgers were healthy and on that field.
But all eyes have to look at the coaching of this team. They had two weeks to prepare, and they ran the same plays with the same poor use of exceptional running back Jordan Howard and other talents on the field.
What did Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains think the Packers would do if, on every play, you run the ball on first down and throw the ball on third down? Over and over again on every play, as if the coaching was stuck on repeat. They had five negative runs, and for Howard, that must have been frustrating.
As much as it would be easy to lay all the poor play on the coaching staff, the team as a collective whole failed miserably. The Bears offensive line, who had been showing teeth the last several weeks, managed to destroy themselves with eight penalties. Every time quarterback Mitchell Trubisky would get into a rhythm, he was forced to take two steps back, negating some great plays. If any team has the number of its rival it’s the Packers against the Bears.
Here we see the pocket collapsing around Trubisky who is trying to make a pass play. Right tackle Bobby Massie is overtaken by Matthews with a push to the top of the helmet and then runs past him.
Even though Massie tries to stop him, Matthew’s swim move gets him to Trubisky and a sack. It’s like the Packers knew exactly what the Bears were going to throw at them. In the same play, Trubisky failed to see open tight end, Daniel Brown.
If Trubisky did his check down he would have seen Brown over the first down marker, thrown a quick bullet and it would have been a different outcome.
The Packers quarterback Brett Hundley was supposed to be accessible, but instead, he must have been wearing number 12 under his jersey due to some last drive magic. Both successful drives were on the heels of cornerback Kyle Fuller, who earlier in the game almost had two interceptions off of Hundley.
What is not surprising is how quickly the Bears defense started out strong, then seemed to have disappeared when facing the Packers quick slant offense. Call it over-zealous, but the defense gave up 160 yards rushing which they haven’t done all season. The defense did hold them to only 23 points, but that was enough to snuff out what was supposed to be a defining game.
And in true Trubisky fashion, he took ownership of the sacks and mistakes, while Loggains was silent on his so-called play calling. It wasn’t aggressive. It wasn’t different and it wasn’t the key to beating the Packers. All hopes for a playoff run or wild card spot is but a dream and unless general manager Ryan Pace changes something fast, the Bears are in for a rough six weeks.
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