Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz leaned on the default response for bad play calls when finally asked about the Earl Bennett end-around that lost two yards and set up a fourth-down interception that sealed the Bears' fate in the NFC championship game in January: It was a good call, but bad execution.
If you were expecting to say, ''I sure wish I had that one to do over again. The good news is, I learn from my mistakes,'' or "It was a team breakdown -- a bad call and bad execution,'' you were in for a disappointment.
In case you wipe out Bears losses from your memory bank, here was the situation: The Bears trailed the Packers 21-14 and faced a third-and-three at the Green Bay 27 with 1:15 to play after calling a time out that wiped out an apparent first-down run by Matt Forte.
After the time out, the Bears tried an end-around with Bennett, but Desmond Bishop dropped Bennett for a two-yard loss. On fourth-and-five, Caleb Hanie was intercepted by Sam Shields to clinch the game.
"It's just an execution thing,'' Martz said. ''If that works ... then it was a great call, it didn't work and we didn't execute and it was a bad call. I understand that. I did know what the defense was going to be in and I guessed right. We just didn't finish the play right. It happens. It is what it is.''