Just when you thought the offensive play calling was fixed after last week’s well-balanced attack, Chicago’s coaching staff once again got one-dimensional. The Bears called 44 pass plays and only 18 run plays all game long. Looking at how productive Howard was on the ground, one would think that head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains would’ve kept it on the ground. Howard averaged 7.4 yards per run against the Colts, and even without his 57-yard run, Howard would have still averaged 4.1 yards. Yes, Hoyer was effective in the passing game, but just imagine how much damage Andrew Luck wouldn’t have been able to do if Chicago would’ve taken the air out of the ball with the running game.
As for the defense, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio did his best with what he had and still managed to put his front seven in good position to put pressure on Indy’s quarterback. Unfortunately, he couldn’t duplicate that same success with his defensive backs versus the pass.