At the end of a brutal Sunday afternoon, on the heels of his team’s fifth consecutive loss, with a cramped city deteriorating evening echoing, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy stood at a lecture inside Soldier Field and A recap stuttering his way.
Nagy had to find some way to describe his team’s 16–13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, an incredible defeat characterized by confusion, chaos and collapse. Negi had to answer everything that went wrong as the bear – at the door of a relief victory – again found a way to slip over a banana peel, fall into a pit of quicksand and head straight through a cloud of falling anvil. trapped below.
To be honest, how cartoonish it has become. The same old painful story has new and real twists. The once proud football franchise seems faltering and directionless.
“(It sits with me) like it sits with everyone else,” Negi said. “You have to finish.”
Even after a game-winning moment—Andy Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown passes Marquis Goodwin on fourth and 11 with 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining—the Bears held on to Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in just five plays with his 13- Lost a lead of 9. A 72-yard, game-winning touchdown drive.
Yes, Tyler Huntley. A second year unfinished quarterback for MVP candidate Lamar Jackson (illness), and making his first NFL debut. Huntley set up Devonta Freeman’s 3-yard, go-ahead touchdown run, completing 29-yards on third and -12 against full-blown coverage to Sammy Watkins.
“Can’t be,” said Nagy.
But it happened. Because of course it did.
Teams with a long track record of 40-plus-day defeats find ways to keep up with it.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree said: “Most games are lost by not being detailed and doing your job.”
Aided Age Rasher Robert Quinn: “Right Now, It’s Sick.”
In the pockets around Soldier Field, slogans for Nagy’s exit were louder than ever in the fourth quarter.
“Fi-re nag-wai! Fi-re nag-wai! Fi-re nag-wai!”
And that’s the chorus we can print. Asked how he can maintain trust internally as his approval ratings drop and external dissent rises, Nagy promised resolution.
“You keep fighting,” he said. “You keep believing in each other and you keep it real simple. You never stop fighting. That’s all you can do.”
The fight, of course, only goes so far. At this time, the bear needs more.
Make no mistake: It was a loss of four stages. Offense, Defence, Special Teams and Coaching. Football Grand Slam of disqualification.
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The same offense that left Pittsburgh two weeks earlier, feeling that the second half of the Steelers’ loss increased its output, showing that a breakthrough was only 126 yards and six first downs during the first half. successful during It was the 21st time in 43 games in the past three seasons that Negi’s offense failed to score a touchdown before halftime. Oh, is that so.
We’ll have more information on the defense soon. But after producing six sacks, coming off a crucial fourth-quarter interception and giving the Ravens three field goals on their first 10 possessions, the Bears allowed a game-deciding, 72-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes. Gave. to Tyler Huntley. Wow.
“I thought we stuck to our game plan and executed it well,” Ogletree said. “All the way to the end.”
Cairo Santos dropped a 40-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter. It was a costly omission that ended a solid inaugural campaign. In the fourth quarter, the Bears punt team was ahead enough to allow Ravens receiver James Prosh II to partially block a punt, giving the Ravens possession of the Bears 45-yard line to begin a crucial field-goal drive. Gaya.
and coaching? Oh my god, where do we even begin?
What does the team coming out of goodbye week look like This flat again?
How did the offense fail to find any rhythm in Justin Fields’ five drives before suffering an injured rib in the second half?
Why is there always such unforgivable slackness, like a 12-man-on-the-field violation against the defense in the third quarter or a -6 false start from the left on Jason Peters just before Dalton’s go-forward touchdown pass?
Even with injury problems of his own, the Byers didn’t take advantage of the home game against the Ravens team, leaving behind Jackson, top receivers Marquis Brown, JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, Ronnie Stanley, Cornerback Marcus Peters, Anthony Everett overtook and Jimmy Smith, safety DeShon Elliott and defensive lineman Derek Wolff?
Plus it’s never a good sign when your coach is asked to explain his head-scratching use of all three timeouts in his second half in his postgame news conference. But here we are.
an untimely fault
Nagy used his first timeout during a chaotic sequence at the start of the fourth quarter, shortly after the Bears tried a third and a deep shot to Darnell Mooney. When Mooney failed to secure the ball inside, the Bears’ punt-or-go decision involved more miscommunication and confusion than even the wackiest episode of “Three’s Company.”
Chaos Contains – What Else? — He was trying to provide input as to the untimely failure of Negi’s headset.
“I thought I was talking to people,” he said, “and I wasn’t.”
Negi took three questions and after the game tried to explain the episode using 292 words. Cliff’s Notes version? Some along the lines of a headset failure did not allow Negi to participate in the conversation, so he opted for a punt to play a field-position game. But when the headset came back, it reconsidered and wanted to stay aggressive and go for it.
Alas, after all that and coming out of a timeout, David Montgomery’s run on fourth and one from Wildcat Formation was halted to no avail.
“That’s the play that we (prepared) for the whole week,” Negi said. “It’s not a new drama or anything we have made. It feels good if you get it. It feels bad if you don’t get it.”
The Bears finished last after Goodwin’s touchdown and pushed them to four with 1:41 remaining. Third-class math and every NFL analytics chart known to man suggest that a two-point conversion effort is the only logical choice. Yet the Bears sent their kicking unit to the field, then had to use a timeout to get the offense back. Then they failed to convert anyway.
Asked directly why he would send the kicking unit out in that situation, Negi replied: “It’s part of the process, ‘Do you go up five (points) or do you go up six?’ That’s the communication part.”
Correct. It is evident. And of course Negi realizes that it’s no use going past five at that stage of the game. He has to do it, doesn’t he? Still, the fact that the Bears weren’t prepared for even the simplest of late game situations speaks volumes. about everything.
‘It sounds funny’
The Bears have one of the league’s most heinous offenses, averaging only 287.9 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game. His defense, while more respectable, allowed significant scoring drives late in the fourth quarter of the last three games, turning a potential win into a disappointing loss.
And from a coaching standpoint, there is little evidence that this staff, along with Nagy, are on the right track to find a solution to get this team back in the championship feud.
In the days to come, perhaps a better explanation will be provided from Halas Hall as to what went wrong with Watkins’ game-changing 29-yard catch down to the 3-yard line with 25 seconds remaining. In third and 12th place, with a four-point lead and a blitz called, the only thing the Bears could not afford was to miss a big game.
Yet as Huntley was scrambling to his right, Watkins single-handedly opened the sideline to the right, snap open and with safety Dion Bush too far to close the distance.
“That was wide open,” Huntley said. “I was glad I saw him.”
Added Ogletree: “You have to do your best in times of crunch. Today, we didn’t go there and finish the job.”
No wonder so many Bears players seemed so heartbroken in the immediate aftermath of this latest insane defeat.
Quinn seemed really desperate with the way the Bears let the game slip. He shook his head in disbelief and described the defense’s mindset and on-field dialogue for that final campaign.
“It seems comical now to think that,” Quinn said. “It was making sure the guys did their one-eleventh so they didn’t score. All the better? They did score.”
Goodwin admitted that he felt dizzy from the day’s events and needed time to better process what that meant.
“It’s like when your girlfriend breaks up with you,” he said. “You’re all having a good time and she kicks you out of nowhere. You know what I mean? You just have to bounce back. That’s the best way I can explain it.”
Predictably, the Bears pulled out all the vantage points about flipping the page quickly and looking in the mirror and getting ready for the next game with the right mindset. But on 3-7 and from 10 October onwards, the gloom is increasing.
The winners are next on the Detroit Lions schedule. In a few days, the Bears division will fly to Detroit for a Thanksgiving reunion with a punching bag. But it’s not necessarily a good thing. It’s not that this team is doing poorly. Don’t think it’s so unsatisfying and frustrating.
What if, in a short week with dwindling emotional reserves, the bears drop another crap and lose to the lions under Negi’s watch?
Can’t be, can it?
But if it does, what will be the consequences?