4 major shifts Chicago Bears OC Luke Getsy made to help Justin Fields
2. Chicago Bears are calling more play action
The Chicago Bears had a great run game, so it was a bit surprising that they were not using the play-action very heavily. However, that changed in a bit way in the past couple of games. During the first six weeks, the Chicago Bears called play action on 24% of the dropbacks that Justin Fields had.
That number has shot up to 52% over the past three weeks. Perhaps Getsy was realizing that his run game was earning respect. Early into the season teams were not giving it any attention, but after a few weeks of explosive runs, it become obvious that play action was going to get respect.
Once he figured that out, it started to get better. As we noted, creativity went up, and it started to make Justin Fields more lethal. It also makes it much easier to get him outside of the pocket without running quick sprint outs or worrying about defenders crashing on him.
Play action freezes the defenders, and gets him a clear lane to the outside. This is when Fields can read, throw, and run at his best. With the run game humming, the team should go from a below-average play-action team to one of the highest rates in the NFL.