Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte was having himself a great game before the end of the fourth quarter as he picked off Aaron Rodgers during Green Bay’s first possession of the game.
We all know how close Chicago was to finally winning the NFC North division title. All they needed to do was stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on fourth down and it looked as if it was going to happen. Then, the shot heard all around the world.
Free safety Chris Conte spoke to the Chicago Tribune to discuss what happened. Here’s what he had to say:
“At the last second, we checked into a call ‘Pepsi’, an all-out blitz. It’s up to the discretion of the linebacker. Against a spread formation like that, it’s called because we have more people than they can block. It’s a numbers thing. Everybody comes after the quarterback and if the ball doesn’t come out immediately, you’re pretty much screwed.” Chris Conte on the play call.
Defensive end Julius Peppers are right in the face of Aaron Rodgers who would have taken him down to end the game but he was chipped by fullback John Kuhn. That allowed Aaron to roll out and find Cobb down field, a man who should have been covered by Conte.
Chris was covering the first down marker and was unaware that there wasn’t any help down field.
“I didn’t get the check and thought we were still in zone pressure, three-deep. I was locked in. I’m thinking fourth down and my responsibilities. I’m going to say it’s my fault because I was too focused on my job, thinking about the routes they’ve been running all game. I thought we had a good call to begin with and it’s unfortunate I didn’t get the check.” Conte via the Chicago Tribune.
It’s no secret that Bears fans have been hard on Conte after that blown play that should have resulted in the Bears taking over on downs. But just like any other competitor, Chris isn’t going to give up. In fact he says he’s going to be better next year.
“Look, I know I didn’t have a great year. I’m going to work as hard as I’ve ever worked and have a chip on my shoulder. I’m going to be angry. This sucks. I’m going to be better next year because of this whole situation – because I don’t want this to happen to me again” Chris Conte told the Chicago Tribune.