Matt Eberflus isn’t an overly emotional guy. He tends to keep an even-keel approach on the field. However, it was apparent after the Chicago Bears‘ defeat in Green Bay that he wasn’t happy. Lots of things went wrong in that game. The tackling on defense clearly irked him. As for the offense, only scoring 10 points and passing for 70 yards total wasn’t ideal. The one failure that grated Eberflus’ nerves isn’t what many might think.
During his appearance on the Bears Coaches Show, the head coach pointed out that a primary failure in Green Bay was not getting their top skill position guys more involved. Darnell Mooney has two catches for four yards in two games. Cole Kmet doesn’t have any catches at all. That is a problem. The Bears can’t hope to win if they can’t get their two most talented receiving weapons going. It sounds like that will be a primary focus going into the Houston game on Sunday.
Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy are likely seeking easy completions.
Find ways to get the ball in Mooney and Kmet’s hands. This can be done in various ways, from slants to quick outs to curls and hitches. Get them some completions so they can establish a rhythm with Justin Fields. That should be made easier with play action. Houston’s run defense is terrible. David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert should have some success on the ground. If they can give Fields some play fakes, Mooney and Kmet will have premium opportunities to hit big plays.
It is at least good to hear Matt Eberflus acknowledge the problem. He didn’t give any generalization answers. He admitted outright that those two have to get the ball more. It sounds like he is determined to do so this Sunday. The Texans might be accommodating. They’ve proven vulnerable to deep speed. Fields loves to throw down the field. If his protection holds up, he may finally get himself on track.