30 Most Important Bears of 2022: No. 3 Luke Getsy
The Chicago Bears are gearing up for the 2022 NFL season, which features many new and returning faces within the organization. There are a number of players, coaches and front office personnel who are crucial to the team’s success this season.
Every day between now and the start of training camp, we’re counting down our 30 most important Bears for the 2022 season. We’ll recap their 2021 season, look ahead to 2022, and address the biggest question facing them this year. .
At No. 3 is freshman offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, who is tasked with implementing a new offensive scheme for the Bears.
May 6, 2016; Green Bay, Wis., USA; Green Bay Packers receivers coach Luke Getsy during rookie minicamp. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK
Position: Offensive Coordinator
Live: 8th season
Target reached in 2022: N / A
October 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy talks to 12-year-old Aaron Rodgers against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Getsy started out coaching in the college ranks, including at schools such as Pitt, his Akron alma mater, and in West Michigan. He turned pro in 2014 when he joined the Green Bay Packers as an offensive quality control coach. From there, he spent time as the team’s quality control and receivers coach and after a brief stint at Mississippi State, returned to the Packers, settling as coach of the quarters in 2019.
As quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator under Matt LeFleur, Getsy worked closely with Aaron Rodgers, who won back-to-back MVPs over the past two seasons. Strange to say, but Green Bay has enjoyed something of a renaissance at quarterback, with Rodgers playing some of the best football of his career.
In 2021, the Packers’ passing offense was in the NFL’s top 10 in another NFL North title run and Rodgers was as efficient as he could be, leading the league in quarterback and QBR standings for the second consecutive year. Getsy has also been instrumental in involving running backs Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon in the passing game in recent seasons. Now Getsy will take those plans and work to implement them with the Bears offense in 2022.
June 8, 2022; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) warms up during team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski – USA TODAY Sports
Getsy has progressed as an offensive coach over the past few years and now gets his toughest assignment yet as the Bears’ offensive coordinator, tasked with reshaping a unit that has been at the bottom of most statistical categories at the over the past two seasons. Too often game plans were ineffective and bad plays were called at the wrong time, causing problems for players on the pitch. Getsy has a great opportunity to right all these wrongs.
Getsy will likely use concepts from the Shanahan offense he hails from, like the out-of-area running scheme. But more importantly, he focuses on using his players’ strengths and adapting the attack to what they do best. In the case of Justin Fields, for example, that might mean relying on his mobility and strong arm to move the pocket, something the former coaching staff didn’t like to do.
The offense will likely rely on the ground game with David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert to open up the passing game. But game plans will be more focused and while some growing pains are likely to occur, the Bears offense should look solid going into the end of the season.
Big question: Can Getsy be an effective playcaller?
Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy during practice at Clarke Hinkle Field on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.
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Truth be told, there are about a thousand different questions we can ask regarding Getsy and the offense. Even something as simple as “will it work?” But Getsy has done well developing talent and working with players in multiple position groups. His football IQ is impressive and he says it all to build an attack that works with building players. But building an offense by calling the right plays at the right time are two separate things.
Getsy has never called games at the professional level and adding that responsibility to his plate while teaching players a whole new system could cause problems and confusion, at least to begin with. Calling parts is like playing a guitar solo in the middle of a song. You know how to play all the notes on their own, but you have to put them in an order and sequence that appeals to the audience. The same goes for knowing which games to watch at the right time in a game.
Getsy knows all the notes, she just has to string them together to make sure the right one is called at the right time. Like the team needing to learn their offense, getting a feel for the play call will take some time, but it should improve as the season wears one.
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