Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said he didn't adequately prepare his players for short-yardage situations in the 19-14 victory over the Detroit Lions.
The Bears converted one of four chances on third- or fourth-and-one.
"When I saw that happen, I just knew... I just knew," Martz said. "You know when you haven't prepared your guys well for something, and that was a coaching deal.
"And if we spend more time on it, and help them adjust to some of the things that happen, we'll be much better at it," he said. "This is me. This was all on me. I blame myself. We did not spend the time that we needed to spend on it, getting all these other things ready. I felt comfortable with where we were with it, but we just got to get all the nuances of the goal line down and we can do a better job in that."
Here are other highlights from Martz:
* General impressions of the offense: "We made good progress. We're no where close to where we need to be and where we can be. We know there's going to be a process, but we need to get there pretty quick, and we will."
* On his young players: "That first game, I have a much better feel now where all these guys are. The young guys, they were a little on edge. A little - what's the word? - tentative to begin the game, then we worked into it pretty good. They competed very well. They competed very well, and obviously that's a big deal. So I was pleased with that part as well."
* On if the Bears can do anything "fancy" in goal line situations: "No, you don't need to be fancy. You just got to execute. Fancy's got nothing to do with it. It's just lining up and making sure everybody does what they're supposed to do, which takes more reps, and takes more time. Shoot, that's me. That's a coaching issue. That's not their fault."
* On the Dallas defense: "Good. They're a very good defense. Obviously, they're very good up front. Very impressive, when you watch them, especially at the end of the year last year. People didn't move the ball very well on them. It'll be fun for us. It's a nice challenge for us. I'm anxious to see our guys handle that situation, in that environment."
* On DeMarcus Ware: "He's an awfully good player, but so was the guy we saw lat week. We're going to see those kind of guys throughout the year. He's a special player. We all know that he is. Obviously, when you see a special player like him, he's in that category where you got to account for him. There's no question."
* On Devin Hester getting one ball thrown to him: "You know, that just happens. We didn't go in there thinking, we're going to throw a lot of balls to [Devin] Aromashodu, or this or that. It just happens during the course of the game. We had some things that we were trying to get, and it just didn't work out."
* On if it was Hester not getting open, or Jay Cutler not getting the ball to him: "It's just what they do defensively. It changes his read, if they do something and the ball goes to another side. I will say this: if you ask every receiver in the NFL if he was open, there's not one of them who won't say he was open. So, I can promise you... Yeah, I was open, and three guys covering him. That's just the way it is. Every receiver that's worth a hoot at all, when he comes to the sideline. Hey, were you open? Yeah, yeah, I was wide open. So, that's why you like 'em."
* On the pass protection: "It was real good towards the end of the game, especially. The offensive line got better with every snap. Very pleased with them, as the game went on. Some of the times we were holding the ball a little bit."