Marquise Goodwin: Bears' conservative passing played into Jalen Ramsey's hands


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- In a 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday night in their season opener, the Bears didn't attempt a single pass longer than 15 yards from the line of scrimmage.

It was part of a conservative game plan that featured just one completion that traveled more than 10 yards from the line and which failed to challenge the Rams' vaunted defense. Bears quarterback Andy Dalton went 27-of-38 for 206 yards and an interception, averaging 5.4 yards per pass attempt in his first game with the team.

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Reflecting back on the loss Tuesday, Bears receiver Marquise Goodwin thought the play-calling was a bit too conservative.

"It's challenging," Goodwin said when asked of the game plan. "But I mean, you just got to work with what you get. I don't control the plays that are called. I don't control anything but just going out and doing my job.

"(Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey) is a unique player -- All-Pro, Pro Bowler, instinctive, especially in short spaces. Us not running past 10 yards, that played right into his hand, I feel like."

The Bears' longest completion of the game was 19 yards from Dalton to Goodwin, who covered most of that reception with yardage after the catch. Dalton's longest passing attempt went 15 yards in the air on a deflected pass that was intercepted.

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The Bears had 322 yards of offense and averaged 4.7 yards per play. Chicago's first seven drives finished in Los Angeles territory, but the Bears only had 14 points from those efforts.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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