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.
As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.
According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.
Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.
Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).
Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.
The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.
NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.
(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school
(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL
(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches
(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job
(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?
(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness
(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks
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Under Center Podcast
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