The Bears were undone by a 60-yard heave from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the Bears’ loss to the Packers last Sunday. It happened when Nelson read a technique breakdown by cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc and got behind the Bears defense.
But the man who made the defensive call — coordinator Vic Fangio — blamed himself, not the rookie defensive back.
“Well, we were in that type of coverage and it offered a lot of help to some of the players,” Fangio said. “It didn’t offer enough help to Cre’Von. And they got behind him. It was a great throw and catch.
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“Obviously if anybody’s at fault there, it’s me. I wouldn’t lay that blame on Cre’Von.”
The Packers sent Nelson directly at LeBlanc, who started to turn to his right, at which point Nelson broke inside and down the middle, where Rodgers found him behind LeBlanc for a completion to set up Green Bay’s winning field goal.
A rookie defensive back against a Pro Bowl receiver was a mismatch, which Fangio would have addressed in hindsight. “I’d do something to get him more help,” Fangio said.
Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.
According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.
The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.
For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.
Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.
The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night.
Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.
For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.