Matt Eberflus: Bears must 'highlight our skill' better in passing game, which is a 'concern'


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Through two games this season, Bears top receiver Darnell Mooney has a combined two receptions for four yards. Tight end Cole Kmet, who projected to be a key contributor on offense, has no catches.

The Bears attempted just 11 passes in their 27-10 loss to the Packers on Sunday night at Lambeau Field, and coach Matt Eberflus acknowledged that has to change moving forward.

“That it is a concern,” Eberflus said Monday afternoon at Halas Hall after reviewing the game with his team. “We want to get better there. We want to improve. There's no question.

“We need to highlight our skill. We know that. So, we're going to try to do a better job of that. We will do a better job.”

Bears quarterback Justin Fields was 7-of-11 for 70 yards and an interception in the loss to the Packers while adding eight carries for 20 yards. The Bears featured a run-heavy attack on offense, led by running back David Montgomery, who had 15 carries for 122 yards.

The Bears rushed 27 times for 180 yards as a team, but they didn't use their effective running game to create opportunities in the passing game. The lack of balance proved to be costly.

“My job is to run the play that's given to me the best that I can,” Fields said.

Fields is 15-of-28 for 191 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in two games this season. The Bears’ leading receiver is Montgomery, who has five receptions.

Eberflus denied the notion that the Bears have been deliberately conservative due to any concerns with Fields as he learns a new system during his second season. Instead, Eberflus pointed to the new structure and personnel around Fields as reasons for why the offense hasn’t effectively thrown the football yet this season.

“In the passing game, let's highlight our skill," Eberflus said. "Let's feed the guys that have skill that can take a short throw and turn it into a big gain, that can go downtown. And we have a good deep ball thrower, so we should utilize that too. And we're going to look at all aspects of that.

“We trust (Fields), for sure.”

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

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