The Bears head to training camp with the Luke Getsy offense still largely a mystery.
Sure, the media got to see nine practices with veterans involved and plays played this spring, but that was about the plays, not the offense. Some days quarterback Justin Fields seemed fired up and others the passing game struggled a lot, but none of that meant anything.
Every attack has games, but the real secrets are in the sequencing, formations and movement. When everything is combined, then an offense takes shape.
The Bears who train in shorts and helmets while being reprimanded by the NFL for too much contact won’t say anything about what that offense may ultimately look like when training camp opens the last week of July.
In fact, they won’t even really show what it will look like until the 9/11 opener because nobody’s 100% hitting in training camp now and in preseason nobody’s giving their opinion in terms of strategy or personnel. You need full contact to get an idea of what the offense will be.
Some players tried to describe what they had without trying to reveal much.
“The pattern we have here, I like it a lot,” receiver Darnell Mooney said. “That’s very nice.
“It completes a lot of us, the players, the running back, the quarterback and a guy like me. I’m just able to do a lot of things that I love to do and just be a point guard. .”
That’s about as vague as anyone can get.
Tight end Ryan Griffin probably described it a bit better.
“Looks like we’re going to be physical,” Griffin said. “We’re going to run. We’re going to be well conditioned, and we’re just going to hammer, and we’re going to go side to side, and hopefully we can get some balls over the top.”
Griffin basically described the running game and the action-play emphasis of this offense.
This is the wide area blocking pattern with fake plays.
What the Bears have shown so far are stretch plays and attempts to match receivers in space with room to run, whether behind the line or on the field.
It’s not even the full offense for the Bears and it’s hard to tell what it will be because it’s not just the offense Getsy has seen Green Bay lead for the past three years. It’s one he assembled knowing his own staff and with his own experiences using RPOs in college football as well as input from assistants like Andrew Janocko, Tyke Tolbert and Chris Morgan.
The Bears can’t even get close to their offense in practice.
When players aren’t in the pads and can’t hit, they can’t really block. So the running game is basically a shell. Without the threat of a running game, action-playing can’t really work. They really run tours at a higher speed when it comes to the action game. How does the counterfeit game work when there really isn’t a way to sell the fake run without knocking?
When the base of the passing attack cannot be duplicated, then the practice is little more than a simulation.