I don't expect TD's on every red zone appearance. But, this offense just can't find that ability to finish drives off.
Part is play calling and part is execution. They are just missing something.
To be honest, I think the new offense helped. the slip by Smith for the pick 6 was a "football thing" That happens.
the Missed catch... maybe the ball wasn't exactly where Smitty needed it.. but it hit his hands and he tried pulling it in and lost it off his knees. that was catchable.
Cam lose'n the ball... yes, he needs to protect the ball better in traffic. But that Defender crushed Cam's forearm with his Helmet and popped it outta there. if he had both arms on it... maybe Cam coulda held on. but that's something that needs to be worked on with him.
LaFell is stepping up. I dunno about anyone else, but I see Lafell as THE threat on the field lately. As Smitty seems to be in a funk. Olsen hasn't been targeted enough, but I think that'll change now without the Read-Option crap.
This is the first week with the Pro-style base. And I think it worked pretty dam well.
But the Defense (as Rivera admitted to) was told to play Soft Zone on the last drive. No pressure, just keep the ball in front, and don't get beat deep.
overall I don't think anyone really blew the game minus Rivera and the no FG try going into the half, and the Defensive coverage call he made at the end.
the rest was pretty dam good.
But maybe that's just me. I see it more a coaching issue than a player issue now.
they all busted their asses out there and then to only let it get under-minded.
I mean, BTW, that last drive by the Bears was their worst starting position all game if I recall (their own 22) and they still made it down the field. It wasn't because they out played the defense. (as you said they stepped up big all game) but, to later learn it was Rivera's call to play that way... *gunshot... foot starts bleeding* yeah... that.