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Luke Getsy Has Failed To Keep It Simple On Offense For The Bears To Start The Season


There have been many questions and concerns following the Chicago Bears’ 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. Quarterback Justin Fields and Chicago’s offense is receiving the most criticism for the loss as they had only 70 passing yards on 11 attempts. Through the first two weeks of the 2022 NFL season, The Bears’ offense ranks dead last in passing yards with 191 total yards through to games as offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has struggled significantly with play designs.

Getsy Is Doing The Opposite Of What Was Working For The Offense During The Preseason

Through the Bears’ first two games of the season, the offense has had issues with their passing game as Fields appears to not have open wide receivers to throw to downfield. The lack of open targets is surprising, as during the preseason, Chicago’s second-year quarterback completed several passes to wide-open targets. In Fields’ first two games this season, he only has three pass completions of 20 yards or longer, with only one completion coming from the passing pocket.

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When Getsy was hired as the Bears’ offensive coordinator by head coach Matt Eberflus, the goal was to build an offense to highlight Fields’ strengths as a quarterback. Chicago’s new play-caller goal was to design an offense that featured play-action and rollout pass plays to highlight his quarterback’s deep ball accuracy and mobility. During this year’s preseason, Fields and Chicago’s offense was moving the ball through the air, with several passes coming on play-action and boot-leg designs.

Wide receiver Darnell Mooney and tight end Cole Kmet were expected to be the two most vital passing targets for Fields heading into the start of the season, given their success during the preseason. In the Bears’ three preseason games, both Kmet and Mooney caught passes of 25 yards or longer, as Fields looked highly confident and decisive with his decision-making. Against the Packers on Sunday night, Chicago’s quarterback looked highly unsure and often held onto the football too long.

Through the first two games, Getsy has failed to call passing plays that have targeted and allowed either Kmet or Mooney to get wide open for Fields to throw to. Chicago’s top wide receiver and starting tight end have combined for only two receptions for eight yards. Additionally, The Bears’ offense has rarely featured the bootleg and play-action passing plays that were utilized significantly during the preseason. Against the Packers, most of Fields’ passing attempts came from a shotgun formation.

Getsy’s desire with Fields and the passing offense is to get the ball out of his quarterback’s hands and make the offense as simple as possible to execute. NFL analysts and local media spoke highly of Chicago’s new offensive coordinator during the offseason and preseason as the Bears’ offense was scheming passing targets open and getting the football out of the quarterbacks’ hands as soon as possible. On Sunday against the Packers, there was only one time in which Fields got the ball out quickly to a wide receiver for a completion, while his six other completions took time before he threw.

Getsy Isn’t Scheming Plays To Highlight His Players Strength

One of the more concerning moments of the Bears’ loss to the Packers was the failed fourth and short play-call in which Fields failed to score a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Needing less than a yard to score a touchdown, Chicago’s offense chose to call a quarterback dive from the shotgun formation. The play-call was highly controversial as a quarterback sneak from under center, roll out to the edge, or even a handoff to running back David Montgomery, who was over 100 yards rushing at that point in the game, could have had more success in potentially working.

Although Montgomery and fellow running back Khalil Herbert were productive against the Packers, as both had rushing attempts for 27 yards or more, no other Bears players on offense provided consistent production. The only wide receiver Getsy has been able to get open consistently on passing plays has been Equanimeous St. Brown, who has caught a pass in each of Chicago’s games. Kmet and Mooney haven’t just failed to be productive on offense but have yet to have a target downfield in which they were wide open.

Last season, Both Kmet and Mooney combined for over 140 receptions and 1,650 receiving yards in a Bears’ offense that was designed by former head coach Matt Nagy. Despite the lack of creative passing plays, both Bears’ players still managed to find spaces in opposing defenses to make receptions. Through the first two games of the 2022 season, there has only been one pass attempt where either Mooney or Kmet was targeted by Fields, which was an incompletion on a deep pass.

The Bears’ next game will be against the Houston Texans, as all eyes will be on Fields and Getsy with the hopes that Chicago’s offense can finally be productive when passing the ball. It will start by getting the Bears’ quarterback easy passing targets while getting Kmet and Mooney schemed open and targeted. Getsy and Fields need to go back and see what was working for Chicago’s offense during the preseason and incorporate it into the passing offense starting against the Texans.




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Sep 20, 2022 8:04 pm

Those stats alone show that Fields has to be better……I know he’s young etc blah blah blah……it would just be nice for the Bears to have a quarterback that can at least do the bare minimum coming out of the gate for once. As a Bears fan I’m tired of the rebuilds and the on the job training

Sep 20, 2022 4:12 pm

I think the criticism of Fields at this stage is harsh. The Bears had some great success running the ball early, but that was the point to start bringing in some bootlegs, PA, roll outs that Fields looked so good with in the Browns game. By running on first and second down and giving some needless penalties away no one will be fooled by a play action third and long when they know he has to pass. Concerned about Mooney and Kmet’s lack of involvement so far, but it’s early days. While the Packers ran all over us and we… Read more »

Ralph Law
Ralph Law
Sep 20, 2022 1:22 pm

I disagree with “Ghost Tomahawk” below. I detect other reason why you may not like Justin Fields. He is, after all, the smartest test “NFL player” ever tested since they began doing the mental testing – nearly 8,000 players. I doubt he has a low football IQ> Also, you said the other teams are dropping max into coverage on Fields. Say what? Both the 49ers and Packers have frequently had 8 men in the box. Simply put, they are calling the wrong plays for Fields. With his marginal receivers, you can’t be successful taking a 5 step drop. Even Kmet… Read more »

Ghost Tomahawk
Ghost Tomahawk
Sep 20, 2022 1:04 pm

Defenses are dropping max into coverage making a weak QB have to beat them with his arm. No one is fooled by Fields. He is a weak QB with limited QB skills. Takes more than run fast and throw far.

Should’ve drafted Mac Jones. He has the higher QB ceiling and is more NFL ready coming from a pro style college offense not a gimmicky RPO QB for dummies team at Ohio State.

Ghost Tomahawk
Ghost Tomahawk
Sep 20, 2022 12:43 pm

Hard to run an offense that highlight a players strengths when his weaknesses include: inability to read defenses, hold on to ball too long and miss wide open receivers.

In the preseason Fields saw vanilla defenses and back ups. Now he’s seeing starters and complex defenses his low football IQ can’t handle. Saw it last season. Seeing it this season. He’s not better. He’s the same. Scheming for him is easy and the NFL is well aware.

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