No rush, no fuss for Packers' Rodgers

  • The Bears were hardly able to pressure Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, and he took full advantage in Green Bay's 38-17 victory at Soldier Field.

    The Bears were hardly able to pressure Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, and he took full advantage in Green Bay's 38-17 victory at Soldier Field. Associated Press

Updated 9/29/2014 8:42 PM

The Bears played more zone coverage and blitzed less against Aaron Rodgers on Sunday because historically that's how most teams have been able to minimize the damage the Green Bay quarterback can cause.

"What he's able to do (to) hurt people is, when he's blitzed, he's able to get the ball out of his hand quickly and eliminate the pass rush," said Bears coach Marc Trestman.


"To start the game, they probably ran three or four quick gains right in a row. He was able to get it out."

Rodgers' first 4 dropbacks resulted in 4 completions for 79 yards, setting up a 2-yard TD run by Eddie Lacy.

"The way most teams try to get to him is just like Detroit did a week ago (in a 19-7 victory)," Trestman said. "They were able to get a pass rush, stop the run, get him in some third-and-longs and hit him, and we weren't able to do that."

The difference is that the Lions have a front four capable of dominating an opponent and the Bears don't.

Run it again:

Alshon Jeffery's 8-yard TD reception Sunday came after he faked an end-round run, then reversed his field and wound up wide open for the short flip from Jay Cutler.

"You guys (media) could have thrown that one in there," said Cutler, who added that it was a play the Bears "stole" from the St. Louis Rams.

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"It was a very well-designed play," Marc Trestman said. "It was a great idea that the Rams had, and we spent a lot of time working on it."

Trestman said it's a play the Bears could use again in the future, although it would look different.

"We use the same plays every week; we just hide them different ways," he said. "We format them differently to be able to create the same illusion of what you saw (Sunday).

"There's an infinite amount of variables you can use with formations and personnel groupings to get the job done. That's a very good play."

Playing, not practicing:

Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall has a total of 3 receptions for 19 yards on 12 targets in the past two games, leading to questions about the status of a sprained ankle that has left him limited or out of practice the last three weeks.


"That process has been going on," Marc Trestman said. "Brandon was ready to play. We're going to take a good look at him this week to make sure he's continuing to progress and he's not getting any worse."

Even though he has caught just 16 passes for 144 yards, Marshall still leads the Bears with 5 TD catches.

Bizarro world:

Tight end Martellus Bennett had a typically unique interpretation of the irony that saw the Bears come away with just 17 points Sunday despite piling up 496 yards of total offense.

"We had a lot of positives, but we had a lot of negatives," Bennett said. "I think (almost) 500 yards of offense and 17 points really doesn't even go together.

"It's like having dessert before dinner, which I like to do because it reminds me that I control my own life, and not my parents."

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