Within moments Thursday night of Matt Nagy stating that the Bears would lick their wounds following a truly offensive showing by his and Mitch Trubisky’s group, the Green Bay Packers said, ‘Hang on, let us pass the salt.’
Said veteran CB Tramon Williams of the Packers’ goal on defense, “We wanted to make Mitch Trubisky play quarterback. We knew they had a lot of weapons. We knew they were dangerous. We knew all of those things. We knew if we could make Mitch [Trubisky] play quarterback, we would have a chance. Plus we got some new toys up front. They did their thing today.”
Tell us how you really feel, Tramon.
And in addition to making one of the biggest plays of the night, pushing Allen Robinson out of bounds after he corralled one of Trubisky’s few-and-far-between shots downfield, those new Packers’ toys, or Smiths, up front, Za’Darius and Preston, made life very difficult on Trubisky and a Bears’ discombobulated O-line whose cohesiveness with all five starters back had been touted for months.
But arguably none of them played as well as former Bear Adrian Amos, whose safety swap with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stoked the offseason flames of the NFL’s oldest rivalry, already sufficiently heated up last season for the first time in a few years.
After only three interceptions in his first four seasons, Amos’ fourth doubled as the dagger in Chicago’s final rally. He ranged from the center of the field knowing Trubisky’s crutch would be Allen Robinson on the corner route, and, ironically, the player panned on his way out of town for failing to make enough plays provided the biggest.
“He’s their go-to guy and I’d seen that play a little bit earlier,” Amos said. “I had a feeling that play was coming and I felt right.”
Amos might have chosen the high road in his return to Soldier Field that had to taste sweet and also included a key third-and-one stop of Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield in addition to his game-sealer, but Williams said his new teammate called his shot beforehand.
“He called it. He came to the sideline and said it. He came up with the play. Big play for Amos, especially here in Chicago.”
Credit the Packers defense, which was terrific in basically daring Nagy to beat it with the run. The Bears stubbornly refused, instead leaning on a player whose vulnerability Green Bay hoped to exploit from the outset.