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Darnell Mooney, Cole Kmet ineffective in Bears offense, again

Bears must find way to get ball to Mooney, Kmet originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Where in the world are Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet? Coming into this season, it was widely expected that these two would be Justin Fields’ No. 1 and No. 2 pass-catching options in the Bears passing attack, but so far they’ve been invisible. On Sunday night, Kmet was targeted once, but dropped the ball. Fields only threw the ball Mooney’s way once, too, but Mooney caught his lone target. Only problem was Mooney was stopped well behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of four.

On the season, Kmet has no catches. Mooney has two for four yards total. Without watching the All-22 film, it’s hard to say why they weren’t able to produce against the Packers. Did they fail to create separation? Was the defense blanketing them? Did Fields simply miss them in his progressions? Whatever the reason, Matt Eberflus wouldn’t say the Bears need to force feed the duo moving forward, similar to how Matt LaFleur admitted the Packers needed to make a concerted effort to feed Aaron Jones after Week 1.

“No, I think whenever you have adversity, I think you look at all aspects, touches for players and how we’re distributing the ball,” Eberflus said. “I think that’s something we have to look at across the board.”

After the game, Fields said defenses are doing some things, at certain times, to take Mooney out of the play. Other times, Fields said Mooney is covered when he looks his way. Other than that, Fields had a simple answer for how to get Mooney more involved on offense.

“Call plays to get him the ball,” Fields said. “But that’s not our job. Our job is to get a play call and run it to the best of our abilities.”

Part of the problem is that Fields has only thrown 28 passes this season. With so few attempts, no man will have a ton of targets. Fields said he’d like to throw the ball more, but chalked it up to his competitive nature. He always wants the ball in his…


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