Bears try to figure out how to fix what went wrong
The Chicago Bears are still trying to figure out what went wrong last weekend when the offense fell apart in a 17-3 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night.
They just hope they can fix it in time to handle the winless Carolina Panthers on the road this weekend.
“There’s a lot of things we’re doing to fix it. Hopefully Sunday we can protect our quarterback a little better. We had a bad game, but let’s not forget about all the good things we’ve done so far this season,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. “Our quarterbacks have been hit a few times, but a lot of quarterbacks have been hit at this point. We’re just hoping we can protect our quarterback better this week.”
Jay Cutler was sacked nine times before leaving the game just before halftime with a concussion.
Todd Collins, who replaced Cutler last week and left the game late with a stinger, will fill in this week.
No matter who is in at QB, there is a lot of work to be done to get things turned around after the Week 4 debacle.
Nine sacks; 51 yards passing; 59 yards on the ground; eight penalties; and three turnovers. A lot went wrong last week. Is there enough time to fix it all before Sunday?
“It was upsetting, but that’s part of football. We’ll take it for what it was and go forward from there. We’ve got time. We can fix it,” offensive lineman Frank Omiyale said. “I have no idea why. That’s one of the upsetting things about it. Nothing worked out the way we wanted it to. We have a good game plan going in this week, and we’ll be ready to go.
“It’s one game; we just can’t let that happen again.”
Chicago’s defense came through time and time again until late in the fourth quarter, giving the offense several chances to get the team back into the game.
It didn’t happen, and offensive coordinator Mike Martz accepted all of the blame after practice Wednesday.
“I just tried to do way too much in a short week with these guys. We couldn’t do much right, and that was the coaches’ fault. Whatever went wrong in that game is my responsibility. It was just way too much for these guys to do,” Martz said. “These guys will be fine, I promise you that. These guys will be just fine. We got a little too aggressive in terms of what we were doing, and I’m a better coach than that.
“We all could have done better, especially me.”
And they all intend to do better this week. The team’s confidence did not take as big of a hit as some would think. The players and coaches continued to point out that this is a 3-1 team, and one with a lot of talent and a lot of potential.
They also know that they need to play better than they did against the Giants if that potential is going to turn into something bigger.
“We know what we’re getting into when we’re going out there (to North Carolina), and this is a game we know we have to play a lot better than our last game, and I think we will,” Smith added. “We’re all saying we’re going to pin it on ourselves. Coaches and players all had something to do with that loss. … We’re all looking at ourselves in the mirror a little bit and trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“I can tell you I don’t think it will.”
Bears reporter Jay Taft can be reached at 815-987-1384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.