Matt Eberflus strengthened the obvious Wednesday afternoon before the Chicago Bears returned to work on the training ground at Halas Hall.
The offensive must strike a balance with the distribution of the game if it is to have any chance of taking place.
“I don’t think it’s really a question of strength,” said the coach. “This is what we must have. We have to balance your offensive, run / pass calls, and we’ll get it.
The bears attempted only 11 passes on Sunday, losing 27-10 to the Green Bay Packers, only the second time since the start of Mike Ditka’s era in 1982, the team threw the ball into the air less than 13 times.
The crime, which had a critical shortage of explosive gimmicks in 2021, is where it remains, and while the sample size is small, the beginning does not give a picture of progress.
Here’s where the Bears Offensive comes after two games:
- Plays: 31.
- Yards: 32.
- Yards per game: 29
- Third pit: 27.
- Scoring: T-26th
- Passing Yards: 32.
- Yards for Passing Attempts: T-29th
- Completion Percentage: 31st
- Assessment of passers-by: 31st
- Time of ownership: 30
The only thing the Bears can hang their hat on: they are eighth in the league in terms of rush. If you didn’t know better, you may be wondering if they are focusing on a game of checkers while everyone else is playing chess.
Quarterback Justin Fields said he was “changing his whole routine” after the last defeat that plagued him. He said he gets up at 5:45 a.m., about an hour earlier than usual, and spends even more time getting ready.
Fields did not criticize offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, who spoke to the media on Thursdays after he had so few opportunities to throw the ball in a match where the Bears conceded two or more goals over 34 minutes. But was this a sign that the staff did not believe in Fields as a passerby?
“I don’t think so,” Fields said. “Our running match did a great job on Sunday.
“These (the coaches) have been in the league for how long I don’t know. They know what they are doing. None of this will work if I don’t trust him, if the players, we ourselves, if we don’t trust the coaches. We trust coaches. They know what they are doing. We just go out and play.
With so few passing attempts – the San Francisco 49ers are 31st in the league out of 52, 24 more than the Bears – Darnell Mooney’s far-reaching sight has been rethought. He’s been targeted five times and has two 4-yard receptions. Tight end Cole Kmet missed the pass.
“It’s not my job to trigger a pass,” said Fields. “It’s not my job to make sure Darnell has five catches in every game. It’s not my job. My job is to get the art and do the best I can.
It’s fair. But Fields is certainly watching other games in the league and seeing the att*cks att*cking and challenging the defense. Those who over the years have found unique ways to defend the Bears offensive approach recall that the opener against the 49ers was played during a heavy storm. That’s true. The offensive then dropped six fewer passes on Sunday night on a perfect evening for football at Lambeau Field, and you have to go back to 1978 to find the last time the team only tried 28 passes in two games.
The only way Fields will develop as a passer and develop better timing is – you have it – by throwing the ball.
“Yes, maybe,” he said. “But my # 1 priority in my job is to play games as I have been taught and play them as best I can, and ultimately win games. So if our offensive coordinator thinks the games he’s giving me will help us win games, that’s all I care about.
Fields was nosy on Wednesday and seemed eager to share how much he had been tormented by the loss of the Packers. He did not criticize anyone else – a smart move as well – and made it clear that he was doing his part to help bring the att*ck out of an early but deep rut.
“I have more time during the day,” he said. “Just learn more, look at our stuff more. I think it will be enough, just these little treats that rely on me being able to process more things and take more things will just allow me to better prepare for Sunday.
Perhaps this will bring some balance to a crime that is no longer fair.
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