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Former QB Blames Chase Claypool’s Slow Start On Luke Getsy


Luke Getsy has done a tremendous job manufacturing a productive offense for the Chicago Bears in his first year. Much of it stems from mastering the unique athletic ability of quarterback Justin Fields. By embracing elements of the Baltimore Ravens offense that made Lamar Jackson a star, he’s made this unit effective. However, it has come at a price. Former quarterback Trent Dilfer explained when discussing the slow start of recent trade acquisition Chase Claypool on 670 The Score. Some wonder if the big wide receiver is having trouble digesting the new system. That isn’t the case.

There is nothing complicated about the Bears’ passing attack. If anything, it is one of the easiest in the league to absorb. The problem is Getsy’s unwillingness to ease up the number of designed quarterback runs. Chicago is so dedicated to running the football that they aren’t letting Fields throw it beyond 20 times per game. That is by far the fewest of any quarterbacks in the NFL. It’s hard to get a wide receiver going when you’re not working on getting him the ball. Until that changes, the Bears will have problems luring any respectable wide receivers to Chicago.

Chase Claypool may be at the mercy of the Bears’ offensive line.

One of the popular reasons people believe Getsy refuses to throw the ball more is because he doesn’t trust the offensive line to pass protect effectively. In straight pass drops this season without the benefit of play action or extra blockers, the Bears’ offensive line has allowed 73 pressures. That ranks dead last in the NFL. Atlanta had the fewest sacks in football going into Sunday. They came out with four on Fields. That should give you an idea of how bad the situation is up front. Their center is a backup. Both the right guard and right tackle were castoffs from other teams. It is a mess.

Make no mistake. The Bears probably want to get Chase Claypool going as much as anybody. They traded for him for a reason. It is a simple fact this offense isn’t constructed to throw the ball 30 times per game. GM Ryan Poles needs time to find guys that can pass protect. That may have to wait until the 2023 off-season. Until then, Getsy is stuck with this offense as it is. Some creativity will be needed if they want to get Claypool more involved.


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Scott Loterman
Scott Loterman
Nov 24, 2022 2:36 pm

so…the guy you like has TWO DROPS in one game and it’s getsy’s fault and/or some mumbo jumbo about the o line?

but…the guy you don’t like (EQ) has ONE DROP TOTAL and he needs to be cut.

this is either blind hypocrisy or you making this up.

Nov 23, 2022 3:38 pm

Jim B you said the difficulty of the offense is why Claypool isn’t up to snuff yet. 🤣 I just heard this guy say he could do it in less than 24 hours. I mean come on. If 3 weeks isn’t enough to at least know your blocking assignments which he clearly doesn’t know. 670’s Tom Waddle is firing away at Claypools effort on the field as well. If his effort on the field lacks it seems to reason he also has a lack of effort in the classroom. I hope I’m wrong, but know the Steelers didn’t just let… Read more »

Ralph Law
Ralph Law
Nov 23, 2022 12:15 pm

It should be noted that notable Bears Hall of Fame players have suggested Getsy is the problem, and blame him for attempting to boost his resume on the back of Justin Fields. So much so that he was willing to put Fields at risk to promote himself.

Nov 23, 2022 10:06 am

The Bears have more talent at the wide-receiver position than they’ve had in years. The problem is Justin Fields doesn’t get enough pass protection to make the passing game effective. Luke Getsy is a genius and has found ways to move the ball and score while the Bears are rebuilding this team and he’s doing it without much of a passing game. Next year hopefully we will see drastic improvements to many of these positions that need to be filled. Ryan Poles is doing this rebuilding in the right way, from the ground up.

Nov 23, 2022 7:29 am

It’s difficult to specifically target any WR, when most of the Bears completed passes come from off-script scrambles. Until Fields shows that he is comfortable in the pocket, trusts his WRs, and can process the play in under 3 seconds, targets and reception for individual WRs will be hit and miss.

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