Cosell’s Watching: Packers Re-Worked O-Line Looked Strong

Chicago Bears, From the Desk of Greg Cosell, Green Bay Packers, Greg Cosell, Inside the Game

NFL Matchup’s Executive Producer shares notes from his study of Week 16 coaching tape: the Packers offense vs. the Bears defense

  • Bowman started at corner in place of benched Jennings; Wright and Steltz started at safety
  • Dietrich-Smith started at LG and Lang at RT for the Packers
  • On the 1st series the Bears played base 4-3 and treated Finley as a TE, That put LB Roach on Finley in the Bears man coverage concepts out of a 2 deep shell

  • Finley 2 yd TD came out of 4 spread formation with Finley and Crabtree split wide, Interesting that Bears matched S Wright on Crabtree and LB Roach on Finley

    Aaron Rodgers throws a jump pass against the Bears (AP)

  • Bears played a good amount of man coverage, both “man free” and “2 man”; Packers at times had some problems executing against it
  • Through much of the 1st half Rodgers was still playing a little fast, as he had at times in previous weeks; A little too much unnecessary and undisciplined movement
  • Packers through the 1st half struggled out of their 3 WR personnel v. Bears nickel man coverage concepts
  • Jones 32 yds v. “man free” on late 2nd quarter TD drive was the play that got the Packers offense going, Jones beat Bowman on in-breaking route – Finley chip release on Peppers to help LT Newhouse in pass protection
  • Peppers at times aligned at DT in the 4 man nickel DL, with Melton at DE
  • Bowman really struggled in man coverage, Packers put the star on him and had success
  • Jones 2 yd TD resulted from Rodgers defensive recognition before the snap of the ball, He set up Jones v. Bowman one-on-one

    James Jones catches a TD pass (AP)

  • Nelson 55 yd TD a shot play the Packers have scored on a number of times this season; Play action boot against a 2 deep shell with the WR running a post/corner/post against a safety – This time it was Nelson and S Wright had no chance, A great play call and route concept v. a 2 deep safety
  • Packers a number of snaps in this game in which Finley was split wide out of base “21” personnel
  • Jones 7 yd TD was an unbelievable throw by Rodgers, a back shoulder strike v. Bowman man coverage
  • Rodgers clearly got more comfortable as the game progressed, Bears helped by playing more snaps of “cover 2”
  • Packers reworked OL overall did an excellent job in pass protection, Some chip concepts and well designed play calls with quick drops and boot action helped minimize any individual mismatches
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