Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz insisted throughout his press conference that there was one person to blame for Sunday's miserable performance by his unit: himself.
"Let me tell you guys this. I just feel terrible. Defense had a great effort in that game. I just tried to do waaaay too much in a short week, with these guys," Martz said. "They're not ready for that. We've got a bunch of young guys, trying to learn how to play, and we lost our poise, and we got on our heels, and we couldn't do much of anything right. That's just an old coach's fault right there.
"You pin that one right on me."
Martz noted that the Bears had a short week, playing a Sunday night game after a Monday night game.
"We just asked them to do more than they're ready to do and handle, and I know better than that," he said.
So will he go back to the basics?
"People who do that, don't believe in what they're doing, and I believe in what we're doing," Martz said. "Just trying to do too much too soon, is what that is. We're fine. They'll be good. They'll be fine."
Here are some other highlights from Martz's presser:
* Martz on Todd Collins being ahead of Caleb Hanie on the depth chart: "If something should happen, where Jay was not able to play, then Todd is clearly our backup.
"That's our judgment. That's the way we judge it. Todd's a guy who has played a great deal and won, and played exceptionally well at this level. We know what he is. He's demonstrated that in the preseason. He can play at a high level. It's just a question of getting him a little bit more familiar. Very excited about Caleb and where he is. Caleb easily could be No. 2 right now. But because of the experience, and being in this competitive situation and knowing how to respond, and managing the game; these are things that are a little bit new to Caleb. We know, at least I feel good about Todd, in those pressure situations, and we anticipate him managing the game very well and playing very well, and that's why he's the No. 1 (backup) and that's just kind of how we feel about it."
* Martz on Jay Cutler: "Obviously, it's OK to be out here. But, it was a very light workout. Those kinds of questions, I'm not qualified to answer. I'm having a hard enough time just being a coach."
* Martz on Kurt Warner's comments that Cutler needs to get rid of the ball quicker: "You know, I'm not going to comment on that. We could all have done everything better, especially me, in particular me. I just wouldn't comment on someone else's comment. And I love Kurt to death. He's like a son. Everyone's going to have those kind of thoughts. but really, I'm the reason why that stuff happened, so let's just leave it at that."
* Martz on Cutler's confidence in his protection: "You know, when you start worrying about confidence in your players, we have the wrong guys, and we don't the wrong guys. We do not have the wrong guys. I promise you we don't. It was a coaching issue, period. That's all it is."
* Martz on if he's worried about this carrying over into another game: "No. That would true, if I wasn't so sure I knew and understood why it happened. So I know why it happened, in my mind. Clearly, clearly, we're doing too much. Not the wrong things. Just too many things. Our guys are trying to think under pressure in pressure situations in a short week, and things start going bad, and you can't regroup, and things snowball, and been there before. I've gone through this before... I'm just being very blunt and very honest with you. It's painful to tell you that, to stand here and tell you that, but that's just where it is."
* Martz on short-yardage issues: "We have to go back and look at what we're doing entirely on those down and distances. Make sure we're doing the right things first. It's not a personnel thing there. We just got to make sure we're not doing too much there, too.
We got to clean all those things up. This is a good wake up call for all of us. We need to go back and make sure... When you win, you kind of look past some things. You accept some things that you normally fix, if that makes sense to you. You won, in spite of something."
* Martz on seven-step drops: "You're talking to the wrong guy. Really, somebody feels like our deal is all seven-step drops, and that's a very small portion of what we do, actually. So, I think we all believe in the system, to be honest with you. It's not what we're doing, it's just how well we do it. It's new to everybody, and we got guys learning just how to play, on top of it being new, in a highly competitive situation. You just got to grind through that stuff. If I didn't believe in this - if we didn't believe in this - we obviously wouldn't do it. If we're doing something we don't believe in, or we're suspicious about, certainly wouldn't do it."
* Martz on halftime adjustments: "Let me just say this about that: we did adjust quite a bit, actually. It didn't work. It didn't work. When your adjustment works, everybody is excited. When it doesn't, everyone is not so excited. We didn't play well. That's my responsibility. For some reason, I didn't see it coming. When we got there, we just didn't have our pizzazz and we just weren't ourselves. And that's a coaching issue from the get-go."