Bears grades vs. Packers: Coaching

Bears grades vs. Packers: Coaching

December 29, 2013, 10:00 pm
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A season-ending loss that costs a playoff chance never earns high marks, but the Bears had multiple situations where players were where they were supposed to be and simply did not make the plays right in front of them.

The offense matched its second-highest point total (28) against Green Bay since 1993 but it was not enough, with too many missed opportunities that fell to the players, not the scheme or play design. The Bears finished with 345 yards that included 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 226 passing yards and two touchdowns, and a strong balance of 25 pass plays and 24 runs. The Bears averaged 7 yards per play and were successful on 50 percent of third downs.

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The offense had to adjust quickly when right tackle Jordan Mills was lost to a foot injury in the first quarter and Eben Britton was needed in his place. That also took Britton out of his role as the “heavy package” tight end, forcing adjustments using tight end Dante Rosario in particular.

Special teams produced a 49-yard punt return and 39-yard kickoff return by Devin Hester to produce field position for the offense, while coverage units allowed no return longer than one kickoff runback of 22 yards.

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The defense was called aggressively, gave up 473 yards and allowed the Packers 35 minutes of possession by not getting off the field. But the problem was in too many missed tackles, sometimes in bunches on the same runner. And the winning touchdown pass was a fourth-down play that involved a blitz of Aaron Rodgers that hit him and forced him to his left, and coverage that simply failed to stay with Randall Cobb.

“The thinking is we can sit back in zone [coverage] and give him the opportunity to make a play,” said coach Marc Trestman, “or we can try to make him rush the throw, and we had good pressure on… . We just lost coverage with our eyes in the backfield.”

Moon's Grade: A-