We had a very disappointed team in the locker room last night. We had a very disappointed group today watching tape. We watched the game together by segment today, and although there were positives, it doesn’t take away from the fact that we disappointed ourselves and our fans by not finding a way to win the game. Credit to Buffalo for coming in here and getting a win. But we didn’t play well enough to win and we know we’ve got to do a lot better.
ANY UPDATES ON INJURED PLAYERS
No, all that will be ongoing for the rest of the day and tomorrow while these guys get evaluated. All these guys are in the training room and they’ll all be evaluated and as soon as we get good data and information we’ll get it to you.
CUTLER’S SECOND PICK JUST BAD DECISION ON HIS PART
It’s a good question and I said I would answer it. We went through the tape today, and Jay was very clear. We sit in a group and we all take accountability. I talk to the guys about the mistakes I made during the course of the game and the guys are upfront. Jay just said, ‘I’ve got to take care of the football. I’ve got to throw it away,’ and that’s exactly what he said in the meeting. He stood up there and said that.
COACHING POINT FOR THAT
What you’re coaching guys to do is either throw it away, if you can get the first down get it. We were going to go for it on fourth down. We were in a four-down situation right there. We tried to get him on the perimeter and make something happen and we didn’t get it done. Anytime you’re in a position to run or throw it, just take care of the football. And as I said, Jay spoke out immediately and said, ‘I’ve got to do a better job. I’ve just got to throw it away.’ In that situation it’s just a matter of throwing it away.
REACTION TO HIM NOT BEING ABLE TO EXECUTE THAT DURING PLAY
I’ve seen Jay in my time here do a lot of the right things with the football. I can’t speak for anything else. I’m disappointed for the team and I see how hard he works and he puts into it. He lost himself for a minute and made a decision that I know we’ve seen other great quarterbacks make and he certainly made it there. As I said today he’s taken accountability for that and responsibility for that decision.
WAS SANTONIO BLOCKING ON THAT PLAY? WAS THERE MISCOMMUNICATION?
There was. Santonio maybe being new there was some discrepancy on the language of the call in there. We really never found out exactly why because Santonio should have cleared. He thought the call was for him to block, so that was part of the issue. But nevertheless as we said it came down to making a good decision with the ball.
WILL BEARS REACH A POINT WHERE THEY CAN JUST BLAST IT UP MIDDLE ON 3RD AND 1 TO GET FIRST DOWN?
We did some of that. Other times we didn’t. There’s no team in the league that thinks they’re going to blast the football so-to-speak or run the ball. Most of the time we do, but we have to have some balance to what we’re doing and the fact that it was a two-down situation gave us an opportunity to get a big play and we’re going to take an aggressive approach at times and I don’t know that’s aggressive. You look at the third-and-one reel that we looked at during the course of the season and teams do throw the football in those situations.
IS IT POSSIBLE THIS TYPE OF THING JUST CAN’T BE COACHED OUT OF JAY?
I’ve seen Jay do a lot of really good things with the football, so I don’t know what that means. Everybody has their own perspective and they’re entitled to it. But in the time I’ve been with him he’s made a lot of really good decisions and I haven’t seen much of this go on. There was a tipped ball last year, but I haven’t seen much of that going on. I’ve seen him make a lot of very good plays in tough situations, so I try to look at things independent of each other and as I said Jay stood up and said he’s got to do a better job on that play and we know turnovers are an issue as they relate to the game, no doubt about it. But at the end of the day there’s really no one or two plays … They’re going to be featured as the reasons why, but they’re not. It’s a lot of plays and continuity that go into winning or losing a game.
WERE YOU AGGRESSIVE ON THE LAST POSSESSION BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAD ONE TIMEOUT LEFT
No, not at all. Again, we’re making decisions that we think are in the best interest of the team. When they work, they’re usually good ones and when they don’t come out the way you wanted, they’re not necessarily the best ones. You’re always going to look back and go through those scenarios and what you could have and would have done. That’s part of the game.
I thought Matt had an outstanding game both as a pass protector, as a runner and as a pass receiver. I thought he was into a really good mid-season form.
WHY NOT RUN HIM MORE?
I'm not going to go into second-guessing, it gets turned into all different things that ... it's just a matter of what the best play is at that time, and I think anybody can make anything out of that when it works or when it doesn't work, so you could look back as a play-caller and decision-maker in those areas you're always going to grade yourself hard if you call plays that you think are sound and will work under those circumstances and you stand by them.
WERE YOU LIMITED WITH BACKUP WIDE RECEIVERS IN THERE?
I think that you try to put those guys in the best position to have success on things that they've done.
THE AFFECT OF THE FLEA-FLICKER. JUST A PLAY THAT DIDN'T WORK?
Absolutely. We called a flea-flicker on the bomb that you saw Alshon take on the first drive, that was a flea -flicker called for the first time and we didn't get the coverage we anted so we had an option that Jay went to and we got a big play to Alshon, it was a major gain on the throw down the sideline by their bench. We called it again, we thought we had captured the coverage we wanted; we didn't, Jay got pushed out of the pocket, had Alshon wide open on the backside and we couldn't get it to him because we got pushed out, so we look at those plays as ... that play is nothing more than a play-action pass, that's all it is, with the back flipping it back to the quarterback, it's not any different than any kind of hard run-action play that you would see us do at other times. In fact we threw a similar hard-action play that wasn't a flea-flicker that Jay wound up kicking it out to Matt for a first down on a first-down situation, so that's how we look at the play.
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE FIRST INTERCEPTION?
On the first interception, we called a fake razor screen, Jay reset, he went inside out and he didn't see the corner melting inside, I think Marty came out and said he could have peeked a little earlier for the ball. Jay let it go a little early. There was a little bit of pressure inside to his right, and the corner did a nice job, he made a nice play on it.
IS MARTY SUPPOSED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY?
I think that he's supposed to stay vertical all the way and he felt like he probably should have looked a little bit quicker, that's how he responded in the meeting today.
They happen every week around the league to other teams. They're very difficult, there's an old story, when you have to defense 11, the game changes dramatically on the defensive side of the ball and it's something we think we're getting closer to fixing. We take three plays out of there, we're feeling very good about ourselves, but they did have three explosive plays, there's no doubt about it and those are the things, when you look at the tape and we sit in there as coaches, we know they're stoppable plays, we just have to do a better job. We didn't do that yesterday, the three explosive plays in the read zone were similar to the three turnovers, six plays right there can certainly make a big difference in the final result, and it did.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO TEACH THAT BETTER?
I think we just have to continue to work on our rules and make sure guys stay disciplined in their rules. There is somebody for the back, there is somebody for the quarterback on each of those plays. A lot of them are based on formations and demeanor of the back as he works into the line of scrimmage and we just have to get better at it, We've got the guys to fix it and we see the light. Certainly with the amount of read zone we saw yesterday there was certain reasons to believe it can be fixed. But it's got to be fixed on every play. It can't be inconsistent, we have to have consistency in that area and that's what we're going to continue to work to as we move through the season.
EXPECT TO SEE MORE ZONE READ?
Certainly for the next two weeks.
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES YOU SAW WITH THE ZONE READ?
Just the same things, just missing a fit, overlapping your run fit, that was the biggest thing, and we missed a tackle along the way.
I haven't seen any of it or followed any of it up to before training camp, so I really don't have a comment.
WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR FILM SESSION WITH JAY?
You look at it if you took the turnovers out of it and you looked at the numbers, which to me you don't want to do because it ... we lost the game and our guys aren't getting caught up in numbers, but there was tremendous productivity there in some of the things that we did, we were 42 percent on third down, but we had three of the five on third-and-one we converted, but the two we didn't, that goes to a previous question, do you run or throw it in those situations. Certainly we got explosive plays out of our receiving corps and really good, solid play and productivity out of Matt. Our line blocked extremely well. Both sacks were coverage sacks, they weren't related to our protection.
The fact that Michael Ola and Brian went in there and played very, very well against one of the best fronts in the league is certainly a positive. We had good … our targets were spread out throughout the game. We lost Alshon. We’re seeing a lot of good things there as well.
We only had four penalties in the game. We had no penalties on special teams. No penalties on the defensive side of the ball. We played a fairly clean game. Very, very good physical play throughout the game defensively, special-teams-wise as well. So again, I don’t want to harp too much on the positives, because we know we disappointed ourselves in not winning this game. And disappointed our fans who have high expectations. I know they did for yesterday’s game. So we’re not going to spend too much time on the positives because we didn’t win the game.
DOES THE SAFETY ROTATION CONTINUE?
We’ll talk about that again as we work through the week and the evaluation of how we played. I thought Ryan really played well for most of the game was where he was supposed to be, He was into the line of scrimmage making tackles. And we saw Chris get the turnover that led to a touchdown on his first game back. Danny played well when he was in the game as well. So we’ll just continue to see where that leads us as we move through the week. But we did get good play out of all three of them yesterday.
DID JARED ALLEN GIVE YOU THE IMPACT YOU EXPECTED?
I thought Jared played really hard. Really hard. I’m sure he would tell you that he didn’t get to the quarterback as much as he would have liked to. But he ran to the ball. He was physical in the run game. And I’m sure that he would tell you as we all can, we all can play better. We all can do better. I’m sure he’ll head in that direction. I thought he played well.
AND TIM JENNINGS IN THE NICKEL?
Tim had probably 20-some plays in the nickel and played well. He had one contested throw on the outside lane, they made a good play on it, but overall played well inside.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE MRIs?
Everybody’s in there right now. And they’re all … treatment going on. I don’t have the results. As soon as we do, I’ll give it to you.
WILL BRANDON MAKE THE SHOWTIME SHOW THIS WEEK WITH THE INJURY?
Yeah, the last time I checked with Chris, he’s scheduled to have treatment today and tomorrow at certain times. It’s not going to disrupt his rehab for this week.
ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO ON FRIDAY?
Yes we are.
That’s not unusual for teams flying east to west to leave a day early. We’ll leave after practice, get in there, get a good night’s sleep, get acclimated. It’s a 5:30 Central game, 7:30 game, so it’s not like it’s going to be a 9 or 10 o’clock game for us. But we’re still going to get out there early and get ourselves acclimated. We’ll meet on Saturday morning, have a walk through, go outside and move around a little bit, get them stretched out a little bit after the trip and take on a normal Saturday-Sunday meeting schedule.
HOW DO YOU COACH YOUR GUYS TO TUNE OUT THE NOISE?
Yeah, that’s a great — we talked about it today. That at times like these, adversity hits, you’ve got to absorb it, you’ve got to embrace it. That’s the only way to do it. Got to stay together. We’ve got a close team. Kind of stay together because outside of this building we know what’s going to happen. We’ve got a very passionate community here that loves football and everybody’s going to take certain positions. We understand that. This is Game 1 of 16 games. Sixteen teams Wednesday are coming back to work 0-1. Nobody likes it. Everybody’s disappointed. These guys are hyper-competitive, talented guys that went out yesterday and expected to win and we didn’t. That the only way to do it, is come back and focus all your energy on getting ready for Game 2. That’s all it is is Game 2.
DO YOU ADVISE PARTICULAR METHODS TO AVOID HEARING THE CRITICISM?
No. I don’t. I think everybody’s going to do what they’re going to do. At the end of the day the most important thing is when they get back in here on Wednesday and this is just universal — let’s get focused on doing our job. Our guys know there’s enough on tape and the way we played to know that we can be a good football team. But we have to eliminate the things that can lose football games for you. And when we do, we’re going to be in much, much better position to win them. But there’s enough on tape for us to move forward.
WITH THE RESERVE RECEIVERS, HOW DO YOU ASSESS HOW THOSE GUYS PLAYED?
We didn’t get the productivity overall that we would want for the time that they were in the game, first time out we focused on that. And Brandon and certainly Marty. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t targets and down the road they won’t be targets. But they’ve got to continue to get better just like the rest of us and be in a position when they have the opportunity to make a play to make one.
THE MISUNDERSTANDING WITH SANTONIO, WAS THAT A PROBLEM?
No, it wasn’t. It wasn’t problematic. It was just on that particular play.
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