The best thing Bears coaches did was keep their game plan intact when they were forced to go with Quarterback B following the groin injury to Jay Cutler in the second quarter. They did not shrink the program, particularly important with Washington bringing eight men up into the box in anticipation of the Bears loading up and living or dying with a dumbed-down run game.
For all of the early struggles, the Bears scored 41 points and collected 359 yards, the sixth time in seven games that the offense has gone over 320 yards, and that was after a dismal first half in which the Bears ran just 17 plays for a paltry 46 yards.
“Offensively we didn’t get off to a good start,” coach Marc Trestman. “We didn’t really [adjust the game plan at halftime]. We just went in there and said that we were going to start over]. We decided that we were going to stick with the plan and run the plays that we had put in during the week, the runs and the passes.”
Defensively the mounting injuries (Lance Briggs left with a shoulder injury, Charles Tillman with a knee issue) on top of already being down two defensive tackles (Nate Collins, Henry Melton) are a major concern and obviously limit what can be done without creating other areas of weakness.
The lack of discipline in gap fills was a problem against a good zone-blocking offensive line.
Special teams remain a problem area with breakdowns in discipline resulting in costly penalties and other problems on a seeming weekly basis.
Week 7 Report Card