The numbers paint a picture of ineptitude all around for the Bears in all three phases, but it was the bumbling offense that garnered most of the headlines. Especially after quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was benched — Or was he injured? — late in the game. I tend to lean towards the injury as the reason he as pulled, but plenty of people are leaning the other way.
This was a battle of two offenses that have been going through their own distinct issues, but only one head coach was able to get the most out of his unit by adjusting to his personnel, while the other stayed stubborn. L.A. head coach Sean McVay only had quarterback Jared Goff throw 18 passes in the game while his running backs racked up 30 carries. Chicago’s Matt Nagy had his quarterbacks throw 47 times while his running backs had 23 rushing attempts.
The run/pass ratio wasn’t what bothered me most about Nagy’s game-plan, it was his reluctance in mixing in the I Formation runs that has had some success in the previous weeks.
I’ve been complaining about Nagy’s stubbornness for a while now and I’m to the point where I’m not sure he’ll ever be able to adjust.
The primary difference between McVay and Nagy:— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) November 18, 2019
One coach completely changed his run philosophy from OZ to Duo in like two weeks because it’s all that worked.
The other refuses to run inside at all on 3rd and 1 because he thinks his screens and option calls will EVENTUALLY work. https://t.co/BTHED3PfAV
The flip side of this season long chicken-egg argument is this; If Nagy had a quarterback capable of running his offense would things look better for the Bears?
On Sunday night the Bears only had 267 yards of total offense and that was the ninth time this year they had less than 300 yards in offense. The Rams had only 283 yards on offense, but they only ran 52 plays on offense to Chicago's 74, which made it a pathetic 3.6 yards per play from for the Bears.
The Bears had the time of possession edge 32:44 to 27:16, a slight edge in third down conversion 6 for 17 (35%) to 3 for 10 (30%), more first downs (17 to 134), and then were even penalized less than L.A. (2 for 25 yards to 6 for 34).
Let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears and also some individual stats.
Here’s the thing about Trubisky’s game on Sunday night, if you compare it to what he’s done in other games this year, it’s not too bad, but overall it was a poor performance. There were a few drops that hurt his numbers, but going 24 of 43 (55.8%) for 190 yards, with 1 TD and 1 interception, for a passer rating 65.1 isn’t going to cut it. He was also sacked once, but I thought he had a clean pocket more often than not and Next Gen Stats confirmed that.
Mitchell Trubisky struggled tonight despite being pressured on just 5 of 44 dropbacks (11%). Trubisky had little success throwing to his left compared to right.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 18, 2019
LEFT: 5/10, 40 yards, INT (20.8 passer rating)
RIGHT: 13/21, 104 yards, TD (90.2 passer rating)#CHIvsLAR pic.twitter.com/f2nw5GMNP2
Chase Daniel was 1 for 4 for 9 yards, and he was sacked twice.
Tarik Cohen led the team in rushing with 39 yards on 9 runs, and he chipped in with 5 receptions for 35 yards and a TD.
David Montgomery had 14 carries for 31 yards and a 19 yard reception.
Taylor Gabriel was the most targeted player in the game with 14 and he caught 7 for 57 yards. Anthony Miller had 6 receptions for 54 yards on 11 targets, and Allen Robinson caught 4 of the 6 balls thrown his was for 15 yards.
The Bears played a ton of three receiver sets when I would have liked to see them go more old school with a tight end and a fullback leading the way, then again, Nagy wasn’t brought to Chicago to run the I Formation.
Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano did a nice job alternating between playing 4 defensive lineman on obvious running downs and going with a 3-3-5 nickel look by subbing out inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. Nickelback Buster Skrine made the most of his 16 reps with 2 tackles and 2 forced fumbles.
Roquan Smith had a nice game with a game leading 11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and an interception.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery and Eddie Jackson had 6 tackles, 2 TFL, and a forced fumble.
Khalil Mack, who does draw plenty of blocking attention, didn’t record a statistic.
In fact, none of the Bears’ pass rushers did much on the night with only Leonard Floyd recording their only QB hit.
Jared Goff was pressured only once on 18 dropbacks (6% pressure rate), the lowest pressure rate Goff has faced in a game in his career.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 18, 2019
The @RamsNFL are now 14-0 under Sean McVay when Goff is pressured less than 22% of dropbacks (16-18 in all other games).#CHIvsLAR | #LARams pic.twitter.com/3TOU797fhl
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
Eddy Pineiro missed both field goal tries, but he hit the extra point. He’s now 12 for 17 on FGs (70.6%) and 17 for 18 (94.4%) on extra points.
Patrick O’Donnell punted 6 times for a 43.0 average while hitting 1 inside the 20.
Cordarrelle Patterson had 2 kick returns for 69 yards, he made a special teams tackle, and he had a silly penalty when he took his helmet off.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.
To check out the full box score I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site.