Tendencies of Luke Getsy in his first year as Chicago Bears play-caller

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Luke Getsy not only just finished his first season as a play caller for the Chicago Bears. Last season was the first time that he called plays in the NFL period. So, it took a few weeks for him to get used to the nuances of the NFL as well as adjust his play calling to his personnel. However, by the end of the season, we had a better idea of what Getsy brings to the table.

Tendencies of Luke Getsy in his first year as Chicago Bears play caller

Thanks to Sam Hoppen, we are able to look into some of the tendencies that Luke Getsy had during his first season. None being high or low means that it is good or bad, but rather it just gives us information and lets us know if Getsy does prefer any specific things.

Play Action %

The Chicago Bears ran play action 33.3% of the time when the league average was down at 23.2%. This makes sense when you think that the team is one of the best rushing units in the NFL, and their quarterback is a major threat to run. Teams will respect the run no matter what when it is the Chicago Bears. Getsy realized that, and cranked up the play action.

Motion %

This is another one that many fans should know if they have watched the team. Getsy runs motion 44.7% of the time when the league average is 33.8%. He loves wide receivers who can freeze linebackers with fake handoffs or even sweeps in the run game. Velus Jones was drafted for that role, and once they traded Chase Claypool, they got him the ball as he ran in motion. Even D.J. Moore averages a rush or two per game, so the high motion rates will continue.

Pass %

The Chicago Bears passed the football just 50% of the time. This sounds like an even split, but the average across the NFL is 61.4%. So, all teams lean to the pass, besides Chicago. We knew the Chicago Bears were run heavy, and now the question becomes how much more will they throw the football with new receivers, and with Justin Fields more familiar with the offense.

Deep Pass%

When the Chicago Bears did throw the football, it was the deep ball. This is no surprise, as Justin Fields is always a big play hunter and his deep ball is one his best traits. The Chicago Bears added D.J. Moore who happens to be one of the best deep catchers, and they drafted Tyler Scott almost solely for his speed. Something tells me that this rate will only go up.

11 personnel %

A bit of a surprise was how often the Chicago Bears ran from 11-personnel with means three wide receivers, one back, and one tight end. With how poor their wide receiver depth was, you would think they did not want that many on the field. To be fair, they were not deep at the tight end, but they did have some backs.

Still, now that the Chicago Bears have three wideouts worth getting on the football field it is easy to assume that this number will go up, and we will see the Bears go heavy in this direction. It is clear Getsy wants to run this look.

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Zone Rush %

At 44.2%, the Chicago Bears run some of the least zone-heavy concepts out of any team. The league average is 61.4%. Zone blocking asks linemen to get up and move, and it is just a tougher ask for teams who use their quarterback as a runner. They are better at firing off the blocks, and getting downhill because the quarterback can stress teams wide as it is. Considering Justin Fields will be here, it is hard to see them ever leaning into being a zone-heavy unit.