What happened on Tarik Cohen’s 70-yard catch-and-run touchdown?
Todd Bowles gave the answer you would expect: The Jets blew an assignment. Bowles didn’t say which Jet, but inside linebacker Avery Williamson stepped up in the locker room and took responsibility.
The Jets were blitzing on second down, and Williamson was supposed to stay with Cohen, but he didn’t. The last thing you want to do is give Cohen any room, but he had daylight and took off after catching the dump-off from Mitch Trubisky.
“That was on me,” Williamson said. “I had to hug him up and I didn’t. Mental error. That’s on me. Just got to know what I got to do in that situation. That was a miscue. I told Coach, ‘That was on me’ and I was going to make up for it.”—
Why did Bowles decline the penalty against the Bears for offensive pass interference on their third-quarter touchdown drive?
Bowles believed that his defense would stop the Bears on third-and-10 from the Chicago 45, so he didn’t want to give them second down over again. The Jets didn’t, though, as Trubisky ran for 10 yards on third down, extending the drive. He finished it with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller.
“We had been pretty good on third down and we were pretty good in the first half,” Bowles said. “Third-and-10 was pretty good for us. But [Trubisky] made a good play.”
What happened to the Jets’ running game?
It again was nonexistent on a day when the Bears didn’t have Khalil Mack because of an ankle injury and the Jets’ receiving corps was beaten up. But Chicago loaded the box and held the Jets to 57 yards rushing (2.4-yard average).
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum said the Jets had a good game plan. Beachum said the Jets were expecting the Bears’ nickel defense, but they stayed in their base.
“We didn’t think that they were going to do that,” Beachum said.
Bowles said, “They made some plays, but I’m sure they looked at it and they tried to stop the run. With the receivers going down, they loaded up some guys in the box, but we still got to be able to run the football.”
Down two scores, why did the Jets punt on fourth down with about five minutes left?
Bowles seemingly had more trust in his defense than his offense on fourth-and-13 from the Jets’ 37. The offense struggled all afternoon.
Bowles said if the Jets didn’t get the first down, the Bears were close to field-goal range and would put the game away.
“So we punted and called our timeouts and tried to stop them and go back down the field and score,” he said.
Why didn’t center Spencer Long play if he was active?
Bowles said Long needed a rest. He didn’t practice all week because of knee and finger injuries. So Bowles went with Jonotthan Harrison at center the whole game. Bowles said Long was going to play only “in case of an emergency.”