For whatever reasons, offensive coordinator Mike Martz rarely indicts his own play-calling or other issues. More often than not, the problem is, we just didnt execute, which is another way of pointing a finger at players.
But in the wake of the Kansas City game, with interesting spillover possibly into Sundays game at Denver, Martz put blame squarely on himself for the debacle that saw the Bears score just three points and convert zero of 11 third downs. Martz called 15 pass plays in the fourth quarter vs. two run plays despite the Bears trailing by only one score.
Caleb Hanie was sacked six times in the second half.
What it comes down to, we just didnt coach real good, Martz said. When I say we, I mean me. We did not play as well as we should have in that game and thats my responsibility.
To say its one thing or another, its a combination of a lot of things. Some of the three- and five-step drops stuff we werent as sharp as we needed to be too. We want to make sure that were very careful with how many seven-steps we do have in there. Against a man team like that, you want let your guys shake free. So theres a time for it too.
Whether that time is Sunday in Denver, after Martz said he wanted to have Hanie be more aggressive, remains to be seen.