Was the Bears' flop against the Packers bigger than just one loss?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:21:25 AM. After Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Packers, the Bears face big questions. Will John Fox be fired? Will the Bears ever escape last place? What meaning is left in their season?
The ’ 23-16 loss to the on Sunday had fans trading in their foam fingers for pitchforks. All the positives during the first half of the season and the cautious optimism exiting the bye week yielded to the same old frustration and ire. Coach ’s job security will now dominate the citywide Bears conversation for the next seven weeks. But the season moves on. The Bears will, in fact, meet the Lions at Soldier Field next Sunday. So what did we learn about the Bears in the cold rain after they had two weeks to prepare? What are the takeaways from their failure as a 5-point favorite against the -less Packers? Tribune Bears reporters Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break it down in this week’s edition of “Real Talk.” Rich Campbell: The word I use to describe Sunday’s game, Dan, is “familiar.” We saw the underwhelming version of the Bears—from the coaching staff down—that we’ve come to know well. A critical replay challenge that didn’t require hindsight to know was ill-advised. An offense that beats itself with negative plays in the form of penalties, runs and sacks. And a defense that was undisciplined in its pass rush at decisive moments and failed to take the ball away. Afterward, Fox trumpeted the Bears' competitiveness in all but two games. Four of their six losses have been by 8 points or less. But my initial response to that is: OK? They're still 3-6. To me, the close losses provide evidence that the team consistently doesn’t handle its details or get everyone doing the right...Read more
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