Notes & Quotes: Bears Season Turns Bad

From Soldier Field, Chicago

It’s one thing when you lose your starting quarterback for what may be the rest of the season.

It’s another when you lose the man who is your offense for what’s left on the schedule. Todd Haley knows all about that with the Chiefs.

Now, Lovie Smith and the Bears know the feeling as Jay Cutler (broken thumb) and now RB Matt Forte (knee) are out.

The news on Forte, who has an MCL sprain that’s normally a four-week injury rehab, was just part of an ugly day for Smith’s team losing 10-3 and giving up a Hail Mary touchdown that was the difference in the game.

“Offensively, we didn’t get anything done,” said Smith. “Defensively we did some good things but whenever you give up a big pass before the half like that … that was the difference in the game. Special teams-wise, we missed a field goal and we didn’t really get a lot done with our return game.

“You’ve got to give Kansas City a lot of credit. They hung in there and scored enough points to beat us.”

QB Caleb Hanie ended up throwing three interceptions and could not get the Bears offense into the end zone.

“We missed opportunities there are the end,” said Hanie. “I had a couple of drives there in the first half where you know, you’ve got to get the ball in the end zone. It was just missed opportunities.”

Chicago now turns its attention to the Denver Broncos, their next foe.

MEDICAL MATTERS

The Chiefs lost FS Kendrick Lewis in the first half with a right knee injury, but he returned to the field and played most of the second half.

LG Ryan Lilja started after missing last Sunday’s game after suffering a head injury two weeks ago. Rookie Rodney Hudson came in and played in both halves.

It was the Bears with the more serious medical problems, especially RB Matt Forte and starting S Major Wright who left the game in the first half and did not return because of a shoulder injury.

ATMOSPHERE REPORT

There really wasn’t much electricity on what was a blustery winter day at Soldier Field. The Bears said they sold just under 62,000 tickets for the game, but somewhere around 55,000 actually used those tickets.

A smattering of Chiefs fans were in the building, but nothing major and nowhere near other road trip crowds over the years.

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

Lost in what overall was a great performance in handling Chicago returner Devin Hester were a couple of kicking game blunders. Rookie CB Jalil Brown was called for a penalty that wiped out a 71-yard punt by Dustin Colquitt. Hester got away from what looked like good coverage for a 44-yard return.

K Ryan Succop – the Chiefs kicker was solid in how he handled his duties. His only slip was kicking the ball out of bounds putting the Bears at their 40-yard line for first down. Devin Hester had just one kick return, for 23 yards.

P Dustin Colquitt – see our sidebar story on Colquitt’s big day.

Returner Javier Arenas – Not much came out of Arenas three punt returns and one kickoff return. His longest return was 17 yards and he averaged just 4.3 yards on punt returns. Dexter McCluster had a kickoff return that went for 23 yards.

Coverage – Outstanding work by the coverage units, especially by Brown who was the outside flyer on the right side of the punt team. His ability to get down field had Hester continually waving his arm and signaling fair catch. Press box stats gave LB Cory Greenwood, LS Thomas Gafford, S Reshard Langford, RB Jackie Battle, Colquitt and Succop credit for tackles.

ZEBRA REPORT

Referee Jerome Boger’s crew did not have a very good day. They allowed Todd Haley to pick up a red challenge flag he threw without hitting him for a timeout, while taking a timeout to discuss things. They called a Bears pass complete, and then huddled up and ruled it incomplete. But when Lovie Smith challenged, the replay showed it was a good play. Not a very smooth performance for Boger and his buddies.

They combined to walk off 13 penalties for 95 yards. Here’s what they nailed the Chiefs for:

Flag

Offender Penalty

Yards

1.

?-Punt return Illegal block

Minus-10

2.

LT B. Albert Holding

Minus-10

3.

RT B. Richardson False start

Minus-5

4.

DB S. Piscitelli Holding on PR

Minus-10

5.

WR J. Baldwin False Start

Minus-5

6.

TE L. Pope False Start

Minus-5

7.

RT B. Richardson Holding

Minus-10

8.

CB J. Brown Illegal motion

Minus-5

PERSONNEL FILE

Inactive players for the Chiefs were QB Ricky Stanzi, S Donald Washington, ILB Demorrio Williams, OT David Mims, TE Jake O’Connell, DE Brandon Bair and DT Jerrell Powe.

Inactive players for the Bears were QB Jay Cutler, QB Josh McCown, CB D.J. Moore, G Ricky Henry, TE Andre Smith, LB Jabara Williams, DT Anthony Adams.


One Response to “Notes & Quotes: Bears Season Turns Bad”

  • December 5, 2011  - Blake says:

    KC did get screwed on the penalty in the endzone, where it should have been a safety, the replay clearly showed the holding took place in the endzone. That could have been a 9 point swing. Good thing that it didnt come down to us needing those points.




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