Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy spoke to the media for the first time since Sunday's loss to the Packers. Getsy provided insight on a couple key offensive moments and the passing game as a whole in Green Bay.
Fields and Mooney deep ball opportunity
Trailing 24-10, the Bears opened the fourth quarter with the ball and picked up a quick first down off David Montgomery 11-yard run.
On 1st and 10 at the 21, the Bears went play action, quarterback Justin Fields rolled to his right and took a deep shot down the middle to receiver Darnell Mooney. However, the ball landed about five yards ahead of Mooney around the Green Bay 25.
"Mooney didn't have great detail with the route; the landmark where you're trying to hit that thing was way off from where he was," Getsy said. "Justin could have helped him by throwing him over to that point. So, that part of it, the two of them, just not executing at the highest level necessarily right there."
Getsy said the offense studied that play in detail following the game to ensure every player is on the same page going forward. While the coordinator has confidence in Fields to make that kind of pass as he's seen it in practice, it's all about experiencing it in the moment.
Within that specific moment on Sunday, Getsy said Mooney and Fields could have done things differently to help each other, but that it's also on him to coach them players up.
"You're trying to take a shot down the field, and you feel like you have the defense kind of in a situation where you can handle things, like the back side," Getsy said. "We kind of handled the back side pretty well, so that's why we were taking the shot we were. But that comes with both guys, right? That's Mooney giving [Fields] triggers to let him know the angles he's going to set on, and then that's Justin getting the experience of throwing that ball so that the receivers know, 'OK, this is how I need to respond.'"
The Bears returned to the practice fields at Halas Hall Wednesday afternoon to continue preparing for Sunday's matchup with the Houston Texans at Soldier Field.
Fourth and goal execution
With eight minutes left in the game, the Bears faced fourth and goal, just inches away from cutting into the Packers' 24-10 lead and cutting the deficit to one score. Fields lined up in shotgun, took the snap and tried to power it into the end zone.
While Fields was stopped of the goal line, Getsy said if he had the chance to do the play over again, he would stick with the same call.
"We love that play," Getsy said. "We didn't execute it properly. For whatever reason, we kind of saw something, we were seeing ghosts a little bit up front. They were able to get penetration where we should have had two linemen on one to stop that penetration, which kind of got [right guard] Lucas [Patrick] off a little bit instead of cleaning that gap. And then it would have just been Lucas with 59 (Packers linebacker De'Vondre Campbell) in the hole, and then Justin still would have had to run through some contact."
Getsy said running that specific play was the Bears' plan all along. During the week of preparation going into last Sunday's game, the coaches went over every front the Packers defense could potentially present and determined that play would give them the best opportunity to score.
"We knew what was coming," Getsy said. "That was exactly what we wanted; we just didn't execute it well enough. We've got to get them coached up a little bit better so that they don't make that mistake."
Evaluating passing attack
Most of the Bears' production against the Packers came on the ground, with Montgomery running for 122 yards and Khalil Herbert adding 38 yards on 4 attemps. While Fields attempted just 11 passes, completing seven, Getsy isn't worried about the state of the passing game.
With only 42 plays throughout the entire game, Getsy said 19 or 20 of those were called as passing plays. Fields' 3-yard rushing touchdown and the third down prior to the fourth and goal opportunity – which Fields also turned into a rush – were designed as pass plays. Getsy said the amount of pass designs was "spot on to how we wanted to play that game."
The success of the run game also played a factor, but it wasn't necessarily a surprise. Getsy said he's a believer in evaluating every matchup on the offense week-to-week to determine where the unit can take advantage of the defense. When it came to planning for the Packers, Getsy felt the Bears had the upper hand in the ground game.
"It's our job each week as we evaluate the opponent, what gives us the best chance to succeed and where are our matchups favorable to us," Getsy said. "Obviously, last week we felt like you know there were parts of the run game where we felt like we had a pretty good matchup. When you're able to get seven explosives, that's a lot of explosives in the run game."