Packaged plays give McCown solid choices

Bears must execute run-pass option reads against Packers

The Bears can run their series of packaged plays against the Packers on Monday night to give backup quarterback Josh McCown multiple run/pass reads within the game plan.

Using the All-22 coaches tape, here's the breakdown of Matt Forte's 50-yard touchdown run off the Bears packaged read from the Week 7 matchup versus the Redskins.

The Bears have their Posse personnel on the field (three wide receivers, one tight end, one running back) in a Doubles Slot alignment with Forte offset to the closed (strong) side of the formation. The Redskins counter with their 3-4 front playing Cover-1 in the secondary.

This packaged play gives McCown four to five reads within the system. In his run progression, the Bears quarterback can handoff to Forte on the inside zone or keep the ball on the zone read. In the passing game, McCown can throw the tight end seam route to Martellus Bennett, hit slot receiver Marquess Wilson on the bubble screen or target the quick, one step slant to Brandon Marshall on the open (weak) side.

At the snap, the inside linebacker matches to Bennett on the seam route with the slot cornerback driving to Wilson on the bubble screen. That allows McCown to read (or option) the outside linebacker through the mesh point.

With the outside linebacker taking an up the field path to McCown (and widening the edge), the quarterback hands the ball off to Forte on the inside zone. This allows the Bears running back to press the hole and get vertical to the second-level of the defense.

Forte gets into the open field, makes a ridiculous jump-cut and exposes free safety Brandon Meriweather on his way to the end zone for the score.

If the Bears are going to upset the Packers at Lambeau Field, McCown and the offense need to generate explosive plays and test the eye discipline of the Packers defense. And that can be created off these packaged reads in coach Marc Trestman's playbook.

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Special contributor Matt Bowen spent seven seasons in the NFL as a strong safety. He covers the NFL for Bleacher Report.