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LAKE FOREST — In the Chicago Bears’ 41-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead, the offense looked as dysfunctional and ineffective as it has all season.
Justin Fields threw for only 99 passing yards, an interception and a garbage time touchdown to DJ Moore. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s offense managed just 203 total yards and finished 4 of 12 on third down.
Despite the clear issues that manifested themselves on Sunday afternoon in the blowout loss, coach Matt Eberflus said he sees some hope for his quarterback and the offense.
“I do. I think we’re real close,” Eberflus said. “I really do. I know a lot of people say it’s a far way away. I don’t believe that. I think we’re close. I think it’s more about the details of the individual person. If we just keep doing that right, right things are going to happen.”
Rookie running back Roschon Johnson echoed Eberflus’ words. Johnson mentioned that after watching the film there is a sense of optimism since there is nothing “major” on the offensive side but rather “little things” that can be corrected on each drive and within each position group.
The rookie running back also said for those “little things” to be properly implemented in a game, it goes back to remembering what was being coached in the first place.
“I mean as you go within the ebbs and flows of the game you really just got to remind yourself of what you have been coached to do, and that happens in practice,” Johnson said. “The more you can detail it in practice the more you won’t make those same flaws and the more you can rely on your instincts of what you have been trained to do. So the moment you start getting away from that, things like that are bound to happen. So now looking back on it now I know from the things that I messed up on. Things that I can kinda control and focus on more within practice to make it habitual that way those types of errors aren’t happening in the game.”
Eberflus’ said that micro focusing on the individual and the details for each position is what can potentially lead to better execution.
Regardless, something needs to be done to help fix this dysfunctional offense. Good thing, apparently, is things aren’t far away from improving.
The offense will be able to show they’re close to a breakthrough in Week 4 at Soldier Field against the Broncos — who gave up 70 points to the Miami Dolphins in their 70-20 loss.
As it always has been, actions speak louder than words.
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