While many were understandably frustrated with the Chicago Bears' inability to score against the Houston Texans on Sunday night, they shouldn't be quick to blame the play calling of offensive coordinator Mike Tice, as Steven Schweickert of Windy City Gridiron writes.
Playing in brutal weather against one of the league's best defenses, a more conservative, run-focused game plan made a good deal of sense for Chicago's offense, in Schweickert's estimation. After listing some of the team's mistakes, he plainly states of the team's issues against Houston, "Execution was the larger culprit, not the play calling."
The Bears mustered just 249 total yards and eight first downs against the Texans, but four early turnovers proved to be costly in weather that limited both offenses. This made a comeback difficult once the team fell behind, especially after Jay Cutler left the game.
Schweickert does wonder why Cutler's replacement, Jason Campbell, opted to make so many short, ineffective passes rather than take risks down field, but he does admit that he's grateful to have a back-up quarterback that's "not Caleb Hanie."