Moon's Week 5 Grades
The Bears lost their compass on their first offensive possession and never fully got it back in a first half that left them trailing at halftime for the third time in five games. With a stated need to keep Drew Brees on the sideline, running backs got just five carries and four pass targets out of 28 plays in the first half.
The Saints had not shown a lot of blitzing out of their 3-4 under new coordinator Rob Ryan but got the far better of the Bears’ offensive line with first-quarter blitzes for two sacks of Jay Cutler and added a third early in the second quarter.
“We had answers for (the blitzes) early,” coach Marc Trestman said, “we just didn’t get it communicated to the guys.”
The communication eventually did make its way into the huddle, and the hemorrhaging up front slowed dramatically as the game went on.
But the ball was mishandled on three of the Bears’ first four plays, which Trestman placed on himself and staff for not having players going in right directions, i.e., ready to play. Not all of that sort of problem traces to coaches, but the Bears were a step behind the speed of the Saints at the outset.
Defensively the Bears were personnel-light up front and were again unable to get off the field soon enough. They gave up a respectable four plays of 20 yards or longer to a very good offense but also allowed successive drives of 72, 71 and 60 yards, accounting for 17 points.
And a significant part of that lies with the offense and being unable to keep the Brees offense off the field.
“We thought if we gave them a long field it would make it much more difficult for them to score,” Trestman said. “We did that. ... Our offense can’t be on the field 24 minutes and allow our defense to be on the field that long.”
Moon's Grade: D