In the week two game versus the Green Bay Packers the Chicago Bears offense did a complete 180 in terms of efficiency and production. The Bears went from 41 points on offense to 10 points against the Packers, a defense that rated last in the NFL during the 2011 season. The Packers also looked like that same defense in their opener last week against the 49ers at home.
So why weren't the Bears able to get things going on offense at a level even remotely close to last week's production?
We go inside the film room to figure out what went so wrong for Chicago a sequence that set the tone for the entire game on offense.
The first problem of note is the game plan that the Bears line up. Why doesn't Mike Tice try to establish the run against a defense that allowed 187 yards rushing against the 49ers? The Bears have arguably the best one two runningback punch in the NFL and Tice immediately shifts to a three wide game plan with very little protection for Cutler.
The first two drives the Bears don't even attempt to run on first down and Cutler is buried on those drives as a result.
On first down of the third drive of the game the Bears go shot gun and draw a pass interference call on Kellen Davis. This should automatically put the Bears in position to score with a bunch of momentum.
However on the very next play Tice goes shot gun out of a three receiver set, and the Packers blitz. Cutler is buried after holding on to the ball for nearly four seconds. Any momentum is halted in one play and the Bears then have to punt after the next three plays go nowhere. The receivers run deep routes down the field, total Mike Martz style of offense, just without the seven step drop.
Taking a major shot down the field against a team that is willing to blitz on any given play. Matthews lines up in the B-gap and then rushes hard to the A-gap. Spencer and Garza have no chance against Matthews who buries Cutler for the sack.
There is a lot of confusion up front on this play, no one seems to know who to block in this protection package. This type of protection breakdown makes me question the sense in moving Spencer to LG from RG and taking so long to name a starter at LT. There is no communication on the offensive line between the players and it plays a role in the sack.
Whatever can go wrong for the Bears on this play happens, it's a bad play call, there's no communication by the offensive line and Cutler doesn't get rid of the football.
You have to legitimately question what the game plan was for Tice in this game. Why are the Bears trying to take a shot down the field with the blitz coming and absolutely no focus on establishing the run to set up play-action?
This drive goes completely against the talk in the off-season of getting rid of the football in a hurry and protecting the QB.
Mike Tice needs to adjust his game plan lest we see a duplication of this type of drive in games in other teams that love to blitz. This type of game plan is the antithesis of how you defeat the blitz.
The Bears have six more games coming against teams that attack with the blitz, two in a row against the improved St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys who will be competing with the Bears for a playoff spot. Adjustments have to be made or results will the same.