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Brad Biggs & # 39; 10 thoughts on the Bears' 31-28 losses to the dolphins



10 thoughts after the Bears finished their three game winning streak when rookie Jason Sander's 47-yard field goal split the Spiders after overtime and the Dolphins went on to win 31-28 in Hard Rock Stage raised. [19659002] 1. In some respects the bears were beaten on Sunday themselves . But that's not quite fair, as their quarterback Mitch Trubisky has regained his achievements this season and also here in week 6, especially with two vertical strikes against Taylor Gabriel, who was quickly blasted by Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer. What Miami and backward quarterback Brock Osweiler did was beat the Bears with the short things ̵

1; and the bears were badly beaten. From the fourth quarter or the middle of the fourth quarter, the bears looked like a gassed crew. Whether it was partly due to the heat – it was 89 degrees at kickoff with 67 percent humidity for a heat index of 101 – or in part at the expiration of a week, they were cooked. And the first thing that applies to defensive players is really all players, when they are tired, is technique. This explains some of the bad tactics, and there was too much of it, as the dolphins stacked 275 yards after the catch as part of Osweiler's career-best 380-yard day.

That is untypical for the bears. Missed tackles will happen. At every level and in every game (and all the vintage cars that prepare e-mails about how they did not miss any tacks in the old days, they should go back and look at some highlights of running backs that they remember like Walter Payton and Gale Sayers Breaking tackles). The Bears had far too many here and played at critical moments with bad technique, as they failed to force the ball inside where help was.

It was a great game plan for Osweiler, who made mistakes when trying to push the ball into the Downfield. That was just one of the reasons why the bears had to be in good shape in the third quarter when they made three quick touchdowns to advance to 21-10. How should Osweiler bring the dolphins back? Miami stuck to his plan of wide reception screens, flat crossers and passports in the apartment. The dolphins were determined to get the ball out quickly as part of their plan to protect Osweiler – more about the bears walking a little without a sack.

This game plan should not have beaten the bears. Sometimes the wide receiver screen will go through the first wave. It happens. Then bring him to the ground. What if it's a 12-yard win? Live to defeat another. The offensive will block it well, but the dolphins were able to get solid blockage against shabby tackling and lights went out. The Bears have done that very often this season. Trubisky hit targets like Gabriel with short throws, then ran Tarik Cohen back and allowed them to enter the open field. The dolphins did it just as well or better.

. 2 The dolphins have many bright minds on the offensive side of the ball and many clever minds formerly employed in Halas Hall, starting with coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. They had a long week when Gases told me that and that was good before Ryan Tannehill's right shoulder on Friday morning became an important topic leaving the quarterback out of the game. Gases looked like he came out of his office almost an hour after the victory. "I did not sleep much," he said. The focus of the week was on finding a way not to sink Khalil Mack in Miami, as he had terrorized former opponents as he made his way to September's NFC defenders.

Actually, the dolphins wanted to subjugate Mack and defend Akiem Hicks and allow the Bears to win elsewhere ahead. It worked. Quarterback Brock Osweiler was not even dismissed on 44 dropbacks and the Bears were credited in the Press Box stats with just four quarterback hits, one each for Hicks, Nickner Cornerback Bryce Callahan and interior linebackers Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski. Linebacker Leonard Floyd protested that he did not even touch Osweiler, which made the Bears a phantom that made the passer call rude. The problem is that Floyd did not touch him in other games. Oh, Floyd was not alone in that regard.

"We were obviously planning some things against their two big spoilers, 96 (Hicks) and 52 (Mack)," said Delfine, the warden Ted Larsen, himself a former bear. "And then somehow it came to me and Tunsil (detached from Laremy) to do the job 1-to-1, we did a good job in the run-game and did some scenes with some action, we knew that it would be a full time job and it went to the end. "

So how did the dolphins and offensive coach Jeremiah Washburn, who held that role for the Bears last year, plan Mack and Hicks? Anti-slip. Chip help. Double teams.

"Whatever you can set up," Larsen said. We wanted to have a plan for them because we've seen how they can play games, they're all good, so it should be a team effort, we wanted to neutralize those guys and see how it went out was an insane game. "

The Bears got on well and in fairness to Mack, he was not 100 percent after sticking his right ankle in the first half. Mack, who usually lines up on the left side of the defense, moved to the right side where he could attack Tunsil and possibly avoid so much attention. It did not help. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio then turned to the flash. The bears rarely flash. They are at the bottom of the league when it comes to bringing rushes from five or more defenders, and that's intentional. They came home at four and that allows them to be stronger at the backend. But when they could not return to Osweiler, Fangio turned to the flash. I'm interested in counting the numbers because for Fangio it certainly seemed more than usual and the result, well, it was not good enough.

"I'll watch the movie and find the reasons, but it all starts with stopping the run," Mack said of the Pass Rush. "I feel like we did not do such a big job today."

He is right in this regard.

. 3 Albert Wilson sure looked very similar to Taylor Gabriel and vice versa. The two most prolific recipients for their respective teams had big games in which Wilson scored six passes for a career – high 155 yards and two touchdowns. Gabriel caught five passes for 110 yards, giving him 100-yard games. That's worth mentioning, considering that Gabriel started this season without a 100-yard play in his career. Wilson is a guy the Bears have been targeting in the free agency. The player the bear wanted filled the role. Coach Matt Nagy worked with Wilson in Kansas City and knew exactly how to intervene in the offensive.

I asked Wilson about the factors he incriminated at the beginning of the free agency in March, when the Bears and Dolphins a full court press on him.

"It was really close, man, really, really close," Wilson said as he pulled two 772 gold chains for the Treasure Coast of Florida, where he was raised in Port St.. Lucie, over his head. "The Bears offered me a four-year contract, and I wanted three years."

Wilson completed the signing of a $ 24 million three-year dolphin agreement with a guaranteed $ 14.45 million. The key with the length of the contract is Wilson will be 28 if he is again eligible for a vacant agency. Gabriel signed a four-year deal with the Bears for $ 26 million with a guaranteed $ 14 million. They are both really exciting players. They should both help much with their misdemeanors.

"Wilson is a bit more physical player, but they are used in many ways," said a pro-scout. "Wilson is a run-for-the-catch guy and while Gabriel can do that, I think Ganriel has more ball ability, he's more of a natural, deep ball catcher, both good under screens and jet sweeps, routes in the They are not like Tyreek Hill, but both are used as it is, Gabriel looks faster to me like a hetero guy, Wilson may be a bit better change of direction, both beautiful weapons. "

It was a hard one Calling for Wilson because he really liked what the bears sold him in March.

"Yes, man, these are my people," he said. "Nags, he's a great guy, man, this is my boy over there, he's a genius, he's an apple from Coach (Andy) Reid's tree, I saw what Coach Doug (Pederson) did when he did after Philly's gone and I think (Nagy) would not be too far away I feel like 10 (Mitch Trubisky) over there he's a future star I think boy can throw the ball I liked what she did I knew I was going over there … I could have been over there, you know, and was pretty much the man, it was really close. "

I asked Wilson to get the 75-yard To describe the touchdown he had to tie the game with 3:01 remaining, 16 seconds after Anthony Miller scored on a 29-yard touchdown.

"Really a seat-line," Wilson said. "It was Zone, so I ended up pretty far out of the linebacker and was able to move up and when I was planted to field and I got my shoulders square, I knew pretty well that You know, I had two good blocks in the field and I just kept running past the blocks, think it was Kenny (Stills) and KD (Kenyan Drake) and they pretty much took me to the end zone . "

4. The only litter that Mitch Trubisky wants to get back is the interception for the safety of T.J. McDonald in the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The bears were secured in an offensive pass interference call against tight-end Trey Burton (more on this game in a bit) and were first-and-goal from the 13-yard line. They were in a 3×1 alignment with wide receiver Allen Robinson outside and tight ends Ben Braunecker and Trey Burton at the front of the formation with tight end Dion Sims the lonely skill position player on the back of the lineup. All four players ran on vertical routes and Braunecker was covered by strong Reshad Jones from the line of scrimmage with McDonald lurking in the end zone to make the game designed to defeat a single high-security look. Trubisky put the ball in the place he could not see. He has to read McDonald there and react. He would have been better off throwing to an open Burton that crossed his face toward the far corner of the endzone. He should have looked for Jordan Howard better. He would have been better off throwing the ball over Braunecker's head in the front row of the bleachers. A field goal on this ball would have put the Bears 24-13 in the lead.

"I just thought that safety was going with the crossing (to Burton)," Trubisky said. "(McDonald) made a good game, I lost him when I got promoted and I forced someone into the red zone if I did not have one, I'll watch it on film again and make sure this happened and see I forced it, and I put my team in a bad position, and I should not have thrown that passport. "

The game is meant to jeopardize safety. Follow Burton or slide to defend Braunecker. McDonald stayed in the middle of the field and was there to do a throwing game.

. 5 You're not used to the bears being conservative and I'm not sure this is the right word, but that's how it felt when Matt Nagy played games on Cody Parkey's missed 53- Yard field called goal in extra time. The Bears began ownership of their own 20-yard line with a 5-yard pass to Trey Burton. Then it was Jordan Howard for 19 yards and Howard again for 15 to move the ball over the midfield and the 41-yard line of Dolphins. Tarik Cohen won 2 yards on the first tee. Benny Cunningham took 4 yards on the second and that brought the Bears to third-and-4 from the Dolphin's 35-yard line. Defensive end Andre Branch stopped him for no profit.

It was as if Nagy thought that Howard could overtake another long run and Miami might get caught off guard, he would throw there. It was certainly the opposite of Nagy the last time the Bears destroyed the Buccaneers and played Call Pass.

Nagy was not keen to be entertaining with respect to the game that was before

"Well, no, we could do it all day," he said. "You go ahead, you throw it and then you're here asking me why you took a sack, so you could go all day with such things."

Trubisky also supported the game.

"One hundred percent confidence in Coach Nagy and what he considers the best team," he said. "What he believes is what I think is best for this team, whatever he calls, we'll do it to the best of our ability, we'll have a great chance, and I'll believe in our boys next time Sometimes you do not, sometimes you do, Everyone makes mistakes, Including us, We fought hard, Lots of ups and downs, Fighting, Overcoming Adversity We were in a great location We had our shots. "

But the bears would certainly have felt better had Parkey tried a 43-yard kick or a 33-yard kick. And when the offense was so fond of the passing game in the first five games, it's curious to see that they are almost always running the game on the line. I understand what Nagy says. Sure, it's easy to guess, and if Trubisky made a mistake there or had a bag there, it would have been easy to ask why he did not blunder Howard on another nice run. What the bears chose did not work, so it's being scrutinized.

. 6 Cody Parkey was depressed that he missed the kick. He is from Jupiter, Fla., About an hour away, and spent the last season kicking for the Dolphins, as he tied their franchise record for accuracy, 91.3 percent of his field goal match the previously by Jay Feely held in 2007 Parkey I would like to have signed with the dolphins in free agency, but the bears went big to lure him to Halas Hall to solve their murderous problems. So when the 53-meter kick started properly and was right, no one was more upset than Parkey.

"I thought I had a good line," he said. "I just missed kicking, I'm a human being."

Missing dolphins near his hometown did not make it worse.

"I really do not care where I do it," he said. "I hate to miss it, but unfortunately I miss it and it goes on to the next game, I had the distance, I just did not kick it in. End effect, I have to go on, I made game winners, I missed game winners continue playing, I'll keep trying to do my best, I'd like to have that back and I'll just focus on the next game. "

According to the Pro Football Reference, this is the Bears' longest field goal attempt in overtime dating back to at least 1994. what's up to her search engine. The longest previous attempt was by Robbie Gould in the 23-20 defeat in Minnesota on December 1, 2013 of 47 yards. You'll remember that was the unfortunate attempt that coach Marc Trestman demanded on second down when the Bears had a chance to do what? Make it easier for Gould. The longest made field goals in overtime for the Bears since 1994 are from 40 yards from Connor Barth, last season's overtime, and Paul Edinger's 2002 against the Lions.

. 7 Rough fumble for Jordan Howard at the Goalline and really uncharacteristic of his style of play. Defensive end of the dolphins Robert Quinn was able to clear the ball and linebacker Kiko Alonso recovered.

"I do not know what happened," Howard said. "I only know that I lost it."

As Pat berry held onto the Twitter machine for a long time, Howard wore a white sleeve on his right arm, which he used to carry the ball as he fumbled. He dropped his sleeve afterwards. Whether it was soaked with sweat and caused the ball to break loose, who knows?

"I can not allow that," Howard said. "If I want to be the type of player I want to be, I can not have that, especially in the red zone with a chance to score goals."

It was the first fumble for Howard since the third week of last season. He went back and forth between beginnings and was very reliable throughout his career.

"I tried not to have any issues this year," he said. "I have the feeling that if I had not fumbled, many things would not have gone wrong."

. 8 Many questions about the pass-interference penalty against tight-end Trey Burton who wiped out a 3-yard touchdown pass for Tarik Cohen's run back and supported the Bears up to catch in the endzone for quarterback Mitch Trubisky. It was a pick-play or a rub game and defensive trainers would hammer their fists on the table, demanding pass-interference every time. I think what makes Burton here on Judge Rick Patterson's side is that Burton dipped his left shoulder a bit when he contacted linebacker Kiko Alonso. Tough Call against the Bears and Burton did not have to pick Alonso. It's not that he's tried to make room and time for the backfield defender. It would probably have been enough just to run past Alonso to clear Cohen in the apartment.

"Trey did everything I asked of him," said coach Matt Nagy.

"I did not see it well," Trubisky said. "I just knew Tarik was wide open, so I just did my job, but that's just part of the game, you just have to react to adversity. Watch out for football, the bottom line is when it comes down there."

. 9 Cool story about a former bear and how he now pursues the league. Darrell Campbell, the former defender of the Bears, can scrutinize the team – and the other 31 NFL clubs – as a producer at NFL Films thanks to a small applause from former Bears coach Marc Trestman. Campbell, who was prepared at Thornwood High School before playing in Notre Dame, was part of a Gray Cup championship team in Canada for Trestman as his days dragged on slowly. Campbell moved to Philadelphia, where his wife had a good job and the couple was preparing for the arrival of their son in 2009.

Campbell had no background on television, but while he was at the Alouettes, he and his teammate Keron Williams, a former defensive player, put together the team's highlight packages every week.

"I was at home and knew I had to do something, but I really did not know what my next step was. I've been soccer, football, soccer since 2003," Campbell said. "I sent a letter to Trestman and just said," Hey, I do not know if you know anyone in the industry …

"Keron and I did our highlight videos from week to week. We always won, so it was always great to put these things together and that was not my bag. I was a computer user, working as a systems engineer in Notre Dame, so it was all about computers, but I was not productive at all. But there was nothing that I could not absorb and understand. And when I got here on the shelf, my son was born, I sent that email to Trestman and he said, "Hey, I have a friend at NFL Films, Greg Cosell."

Trestman got the help Campbell set up a meeting at NFL Films and when he went to his interview, the first person he met was Steve Sabol. He got a one-hour tour of Sabol and before he knew it, Campbell worked there. Now in his 10th season, he works on all the programs that are produced, including "Hard Knocks," "Inside the NFL," "NFL Matchup," and the many documentary series produced there.

He is in his second year volunteering as Assistant Defensive Line Coach in New Egypt, NJ High School and really enjoys the team atmosphere. Campbell joined the bear in 2004 as an unchecked free agent. He was suffering from a training for the ravens on a cruciate ligament tear, where he was planned as a mid-round selection shortly before the draft. Although the Bears used their top 2 tips this year in defensive tackles – Tommie Harris and Tank Johnson – they considered Campbell a worthwhile investment. The team signed him and paid for his rehab. Being a member of the Bears, though he has never played in a regular season game, remains Campbell's career highlight over this Gray Cup title.

"It will not be better than, first and foremost, Notre Dame and then coming home to play for Chicago," said Campbell. "Anything else after that, God was good to me, I did not have a long career, I was a journeyman, but I tell you something, from Notre Dame to Chicago Wearing a bear helmet was probably the highlight of my career."

The Bears were stacked on the line at that time. They had Harris, Johnson, Adewale Ogunleye, Alex Brown, Israel Idonije, Ian Scott, and the time Campbell spent with them helped him jump into the Arena League for the rest of his career.

Next time you look at a program produced by NFL Films, remember that Campbell could potentially play a role in some of the bear materials.

10 It's not too early to be excited about the Patriots at Soldier Field this week is just the second – and almost certainly the last – game for Tom Brady at Soldier Field Brady, in his 19th season, is 4-0 against the Bears and had one of his most statistically dominant games in their last meeting, a 51-23 win for New England in 2014 in Foxboro, Mass. He completed 30 of 35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns unbeaten against four other teams, all in the NFC, the Hawks, Cowboys, Vikings, and Buccaneers.He had not lost the Jaguars before a Jacksonville Week 2 setback.

10a. The Patriots opened as a 3-point favorite about the Bears, after the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

10b. Good for the bears, the game is at home. You could have seen the statistic that was on the internet over the weekend: Starting quarterbacks under 25 are 0-24 in the regular-season games against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the Tom Brady / Bill Belichick era. That's after the Patriots clamped the Chiefs and young gun Patrick Mahomes 43-40 Sunday night. Of course Mitch Trubisky is 24.

10c. CBS has commissioned the broadcast crew of Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn to play the Patriots Bears game on Sunday.

10d. Narrow end Adam Shaheen started a very light on-pitch practice with athletic coaches who saw more than three hours before the kickoff. He was on injured reserve with a right foot / foot injury that the team has never said much about. It is a good sign that Shaheen was in the field, but due to his movement, he is still hampered by the injury. He is back in training for the first time since his injury on 18 August in Denver, but before the short practice session was over, it was clear he was not about to be ready for it. Coach Matt Nagy was interviewed about Shaheen on Friday and made it clear that a return is not imminent.

"He's still fine," Nagy said. "He rehabilitates, he's in all our meetings, he has the ability to rehearse if he could walk down the street here, we're just at a point where we're not there yet."

10e. Brock Osweiler is 14-12 as a starter in his NFL career and 3-0 against the Bears, winner starts for the Broncos, Texans and now the Dolphins since 2015. Go figure.

10f. Bears Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and outside linebacker Khalil Mack were both taken after the game for x-rays. Gabriel explained that he was fine and if Mack seriously injured himself with the ankle glued during the game, he would probably have gotten a serious look during the game. Often postgame x-rays are strictly precautionary.

10g. New Bear's offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann grew up in Somerset, Wisconsin, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis. His parents came from the Twin Cities and were rooted in the Vikings. Most of his friends were Packers fans. But the move to Chicago is the fate of Witzmann, who bought a condominium in the city less than two years ago. Witzmann had school friends living in Chicago, and he visited often, so he decided to buy.

"I have roots here," he said.

He knows the playbook he spent last season in Kansas City. Now it's time for him to familiarize himself with his surroundings in Halas Hall.

10h. First place in the NFC North in Week 7 . Exactly where you thought the bears were, right?

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