The Week 6 loss in Miami, 31-28 in overtime certainly was all over the place.
Heading into halftime down 7-0, the Bears weren’t playing inspiring football against a backup quarterback in Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins. A big 21-point third quarter from Matt Nagy’s group helped put them ahead but things unraveled after that.
Here’s a look at three glaring problems from the loss that dropped the Bears to 3-2 on the season.
Matt Nagy’s handling of the OT field goal attempt
3rd and 4 at the Miami 35-yard line. 2:10 left in overtime. That was what the Bears were faced with tied 28-28. Nagy calls a run to Jordan Howard which nets zero yards.
After the two-minute warning, he trots out Cody Parkey for a 53-yard field goal attempt. It goes wide right. The snap wasn’t too great but Parkey still had a chance.
In hindsight, the handling of that play was not good. Nagy can say all he wants about a pass attempt leading to a sack or no guarantees that they’d get a first down. But a gain of 5-10 yards is crucial in that scenario. Mitch Trubisky was slinging it in the second half so the risk was minimal.
Plus with 33 seconds left in overtime, the Dolphins faced a 2nd and 7 at the Bears 35-yard line. They opted to pass and Danny Amendola hauled in a six-yard pass. That led to a Jason Sanders 47-yard game-winning field goal. Former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase had the guts and outsmarted Nagy and the Bears in the end.
The referees call on the Trey Burton pick play
1st and goal at the Miami 3-yard line. Tarik Cohen walked in for what seemed to be an easy touchdown reception with 12:26 left. Instead, the referees call a pass interference penalty on Trey Burton (a pick play in other terms). Here it is below.
— Jason Glassman (@palacejay) October 14, 2018
I can’t disagree with this call more. Most NFL teams run this and on the same afternoon, Pittsburgh won its game with a pick play like that. In Burton’s defense, Kiko Alonso smacked into him and at the same time, Burton never used his hands he just used his upper body to chip the Dolphins linebacker.
The penalty kept the game 21-13 instead of 28-13 and then Mitch Trubisky threw an awful interception on the next play into double coverage. That was perhaps the worst pick of his short NFL career. Three minutes later Miami tied the game up at 21.
Albert Wilson, a free agent target by the Bears this off-season completely burned Vic Fangio’s defense with a 43-yard touchdown and a 75-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. For the casual NFL fan who saw the highlights or read a box score, they’d say wow Wilson is a stud who I need on my fantasy team. He singlehandedly won his team the game. There is some truth to that.
But at the end of the day, the tackling was beyond poor by a Bears’ defense that is supposed to be elite. They surrendered a whopping 380 passing yards from Osweiler and 101 rushing yards from old man Frank Gore.
No sacks came on the day with just four quarterback hits. Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson were beat in coverage often. Adrian Amos had a few slip-ups. Khalil Mack and Danny Trevathan were invisible at times against a very bad Dolphins offensive line.
The missed tackles can be fixed, but the discipline is worrisome to me. Osweiler was dinking and dunking the ball and the Bears missed tackles in open space when they had teammates helping them. Fangio needs to get his unit motivated a lot this week in practice with Tom Brady and the Patriots coming to town on Sunday.
This went for a touchdown. Screenshots don’t tell the full story but to say this is uncharacteristic for the Bears’ defense is an understatement. pic.twitter.com/QN4U2n4Iwg
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) October 15, 2018
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