3. Routine must remain routine
I can’t take complete credit for this key. For those who aren’t aware, I am blessed with being able to play college football. One of the major points my head coach went over a week ago was about making routine plays just that, routine.
While watching the Bears game, I couldn’t help but think of Coach Bell’s words. Ka’Deem Carey dropped an easy third down conversion that could have been a huge play, Tracy Porter slipped and fell while trying to make a tackle on the 51-yard game winning score, and Brian Hoyer grossly overthrew Alshon Jeffery on an easy touchdown pass.
Mistakes happen in football, even with professional athletes on the field. There might be even more mistakes today considering how many starters will be sidelined with injuries. However, amidst the chaos, routine plays need to be routine. If a pass hits a receiver in the hands, it needs to be a catch. A receiver might win in coverage, but they need to be tackled so the defense can live to fight another down. The Bears could easily be 3-3 if they executed their routine plays.
Unfortunately, those weeks have passed, and the Bears need to move forward. I said at the beginning of this piece that the Bears are a bad team, one way to change that is by executing routing plays.