(670 The Score) A day after Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy came under scrutiny for his play calls late in Chicago’s 27-24 loss at Atlanta on Sunday, coach Matt Eberflus praised Getsy’s work while noting the team needs to work together to improve offensively in two-minute situations.
“We need to find ways, like we do with everything,” Eberflus said on WBBM Newsradio 780 on Monday morning. “Earlier in the year, we had some issues with the gold zone and the red zone, and we have obviously capitalized on those things and figured out ways to score points. We’ve scored points at a very high rate over the last few weeks, for sure, since (a win in) New England (on Oct. 24). So I think our offensive play-caller is doing an outstanding job and adjusting and adapting as we go through the season. We’re going to have to look at the two-minute (offense) and see where that is and see where we can do a good job of moving the ball down the field.”
With the Bears trailing 27-24 with 1:47 remaining and the ball on their own 25-yard line, quarterback Justin Fields rushed on back-to-back plays for a total of five yards. Complicating matters was that his left shoulder was banged up while being tackled on the first of those runs. On third down, Fields then threw a game-sealing interception after the ball bounced off running back David Montgomery’s hands on a jump pass of sorts.
The Bears dropped to 3-8 with the loss, and it marked the third straight week they’d lost by three or fewer points while failing to produce a game-winning or game-tying score in the final minutes.
The Bears visit the New York Jets (6-4) on Sunday afternoon.