Getsy explains play-calling on Bears’ final drive vs. Falcons originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears’ play-calling on the final drive of their 27-24 Week 11 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was questionable and drew immediate criticism. That quarterback Justin Fields was injured on the first play of the drive just added injury to insult.
The Falcons had stymied Chicago’s vaunted run game for most of the second half, and the Falcons had been able to corral quarterback Justin Fields on the ground. But with the Bears trailing by three with under two minutes to play, offensive coordinator Luke Getsy opted to open the game-winning/tying drive with a quarterback sweep to the left.
Fields gained 1 yard before he was hit and landed on his left shoulder out of bounds. He suffered a separated shoulder with partially torn ligaments on the play. On second-and-9, the Bears called a halfback draw, but a miscommunication led to Fields running the ball up the middle and getting hammered after he slid. On third and-5, Fields overthrew David Montgomery and was picked off, ending the Bears’ comeback hopes.
Getsy dialed up the QB sweep on first down because of something he saw earlier in the game, but the Bears didn’t execute it properly.
“It’s just like we had a third-and-five early in the game, we called basically the same play, Braxton [Jones] kind of just ran right by the guy, probably 15-, 20-yard gain we left on the table,” Getsy said of the QB sweep. “So we called the same thing, and what happened on the first one, Braxton had his eyes outside and let the guy run right through his inside shoulder. Run basically the same play, and now the guy’s on his outside shoulder instead of his inside shoulder. So it went from being like a 10-yard run out of bounds, not get hit, everyone’s happy, to a 2-yard roll out of bounds and fall on your shoulder. It turned into a pretty bad thing pretty quickly.”
Getsy called the halfback draw on second down because he…
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Publish date : 2022-11-24 18:45:00
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