Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) drops back to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The 2nd play was the previously mentioned game winning TD from Rodgers to Cobb. It was the first pass from Rodgers that traveled more than 30 yards all game. It looked like a broken coverage and according to Head Coach Marc Trestman, it was.
Apparently the call was for man coverage and a zone blitz. Some of the players thought they were playing zone coverage while others thought they were playing man coverage. The fact that there was some confusion after 15 weeks of the season is unnerving.
That is also a coaching issue.
The 3rd play also happened on the last drive on a 4th and 1. The play clock was clearly at :00 long before the ball was snapped. It should have been a 5 yard delay of game penalty which would have caused the Packers to think about going for it.
It wasn’t called; the Pack got the 1st down (and successfully converted two more times on 4th down; one for a 1st and one for a TD).
One of things that bothers me the most though is the Bears final drive.
I know Cutler can’t control it when Brandon Marshall drops a pass in the middle of the field, but it didn’t look like the Bears had any sense of urgency at all; like they didn’t know what to do.
There didn’t seem to be a plan and the offense wasn’t prepared to go 35 yards or so for a potential game tying field goal or 60+ yards for the go ahead TD.