Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Luke Getsy Defends Pivotal Call On 4th Down Failed TD


NFL games can often turn on one big play. For the Chicago Bears, it is obvious what that play was on Sunday night in Green Bay. Trailing 24-10, the offense had driven down to the Packers’ one-yard line. A touchdown would make it a one-score game with plenty of time. It was 4th and goal. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy dialed up a play that had Justin Fields in the shotgun and ran a quarterback keeper.

It didn’t work. At least not according to the officials. Replays showed that Fields had a strong case for having hit the goal line with the ball. However, it wasn’t enough to overturn the original call on the field. Green Bay took over, drained the clock, and put the game out of reach with a field goal.

Many didn’t like Getsy’s call, feeling it allowed for too many things to go wrong. When asked about it on Wednesday, the coordinator didn’t second-guess his decision. He believes it was the right call and would do it again if given another chance. Replays showed it could’ve worked. Unfortunately, the execution up front wasn’t good. Too much penetration was allowed and never allowed Fields to get a full head of steam.

Luke Getsy has a fair argument.

If Lucas Patrick had not been cluttered during his pull, it’s likely Fields would follow him into the end zone. The left side of the offensive line didn’t generate enough push on the initial surge. It could’ve worked, but it required precise execution. Asking that out of an offensive line with limited experience in this new offense feels questionable, especially against such a strong defensive front. It feels like the smarter decision would’ve been a simple QB sneak from under center.

Sadly there are no do-overs in the NFL. The truth is Chicago likely still would’ve lost the game even if they had scored. There were many other problems with the offense. If they’d played better earlier in the game, they never would’ve been in that position. Luke Getsy is focused on that. He wants better execution in every phase. There is no sense worrying about one play call.


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Byron Lindsey
Byron Lindsey
Sep 24, 2022 2:16 am

Tht Was A TD & It Was Ruled The Other Way. Tht Play Kinda Changed Some Of The Perspective Of The GM. The ‘D’ Was Keeping The BEARS In Strik’n Distance & It Appeared Shady & A 🏠 TWN Missed Call, Even From The Booth 🤔🤨💯

Chi Town Fan
Chi Town Fan
Sep 23, 2022 1:07 pm

Once a Packer, always a Packer.

Ralph Law
Ralph Law
Sep 23, 2022 11:10 am

Like another poster said, misdirection and roll him ou given you two options. also line up under center, and you lift up falling forward like Brady who isn’t all that athletic but is football smart ….bringing us to GETSY. His defending a call he made in his second game “ever” at OC position including PeeWee only confirms he’s another NAGY 2. i predict fans will be calling for chanes by mid season.

Sep 23, 2022 8:30 am

Misdirection and roll him out towards the sideline. Use his athletic ability to race for the pylon, make a defender miss or run a DB over. Easy decision. Go with what you’re good at.

Sep 22, 2022 4:31 pm

He should have defended, per actual FACTS shotgun QB run plays at the goal line score at a 75% clip………I formation is at 55%…..not to mention the fact that we have a big mobile QB

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