But it all comes down to the play calling and game planning and that wasn’t up to par last Thursday night in Green Bay.
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice has to be watching the game film and wondering to himself “what was I thinking?”
It was obvious the Packers were going to take the Bears’ receivers out of the game as much as they could.
Brandon Marshall was one of the receivers the Packers looked to contain. Tramon Williams didn’t give him any separation whatsoever. The Bears typically have a tough time against a 3-4 defensive scheme.
The Bears offense at one point in the game was geared towards working the ball to tight end Kellen Davis.
Lovie Smith has never been a coach whose made great second half adjustments and that ultimately led to the loss. The Bears need to come into next Sunday’s matchup with the Rams with a better game plan.
Clay Matthews got to Cutler with ease because J’Marcus Webb wasn’t getting help on the left side. Webb is clearly not as athletic as Matthews, so why not help him out by moving a tight end to that side.
Cutler did have plenty of opportunities to scramble out of the pocket, but he was flustered inside the pocket and wound up getting sacked.
His interceptions were all pretty ugly, but three of them were intended for Earl Bennett and atleast two of the three were 100% Bennett’s fault.
The Packers didn’t even play that well scoring 23 points and only one offensive touchdown. You tell me at the end of the game that Aaron Rodgers only had 219 passing yards and one touchdown and the Bears lose? That’s pretty hard to believe.
But the Bears just played that much worse and they simply got out coached as well. Mike Tice ran a play action pass on the first play from scrimmage and it ended in a sack exactly like it did against the Colts in Week One. That’s got to be erased from the playbook.
The Bears need to run the ball first to open up opportunities in the passing game instead of the other way around because it clearly didn’t pan out.
Adjustments will be made in this normal week as the Bears prepare for the Rams. Lovie said that running back Matt Forte doesn’t have a high ankle sprain as it was reported after the game rather just a sore ankle.
Forte is a big question mark for Sunday. Expect to see a heavy dose of Michael Bush and recently re-signed Kahlil Bell.
It all starts will the first-year offensive coordinator Mike Tice, he needs to come up with a better game plan in order to help the Bears bounce back.
Its way to early to hit the panic button in Week Three. The NFC North is all tied up at the moment with each team holding a record of 1-1.
It won’t be easy, but the Bears have bounced back plenty of times in the past.