Players and Coaches Seeing Red

The Bears, who ranked 25th in redzone offense last season, continued to settle for three points instead of seven against the Ravens.

The team had two possessions inside the Baltimore 20 and came out with three points total. James Allen had three attempts to run the ball in from the five, but was stopped on the one-yard line on second and third down. The other opportunity was stymied by an Olin Kreutz personal foul penalty that pushed the team back to the 25. Whatever the case, team execution will have to improve for the Bears to have success this season.

Shane Matthews explained the Ravens defense as part of the reason Chicago didn't pass more while inside the red zone.

"They play a really deep cover two, very similar to what Tampa Bay does," he said. "They drop (middle linebacker) Ray Lewis. It's almost like a prevent defense in the red zone. We've watched a lot of teams on film have a lot of success throwing underneath and breaking a few tackles and inching your way down there. It just didn't work out today.

Matthews had a solid first half going 16-23 for 110 yards. However, the offense only had three first downs in the second half. The Bears used the no huddle offense sparingly throughout the game, which seem to tire the Ravens defense at time. But, in the second half Baltimore adjusted to the no huddle and Chicago's use of the short passing game. "We've been working on it for a while. It's something I enjoy doing, calling all the plays and stuff like that," Matthews said. "We thought it might work a little better than it did. We tired them out and we did move the ball. You know, when you play a team like them, especially a good defensive team like them you've got to put the ball in the endzone you can't settle for field goals."

Matthews averaged 3.1 yards per pass for the game, which is about half of the league average. He also, threw two interceptions in the final six minutes of the game.

However, the second half collapse can't be blamed on Matthews alone.

"We've got to evaluate everybody. He did a lot of good things," he said. "He's got a lot of things he needs to improve on."

"I know we were on the field a lot (21:36 in first half)," Matthews said. "We moved the ball on them at times. Obviously we didn't get enough big plays. They don't give up a lot of big plays. There's not a lot of passing lanes against those guys. They're an extremely fast defense that plays hard."


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