Well, this is yet another Shanahan special. Another defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Give Shanny a 4th quarter lead and he’ll figure out how to blow it. Sure, the team made a ton of mistakes but really, Shanahan plays the game so close to the vest for 3 quarters that he leaves the Bears in the game long enough for them to come back and win going away. The FG drive we had Aiyuk on the edge 1 on 1. Do we play-action to that side? Nope. We run up the middle for a 2 yard loss. Fuck.
Throw in 12 penalties, a bad throw by Lance, too many run plays to Deebo to go along with his fumble, and there you have it. An awful loss to a shitty team that we left hanging around. I was furious at the end of the season last year due to Shanahan and his inability to close the game, and I’m still in the same place now. Deebo should NOT be running so much. The Bears, who have a terrible defense somehow blanketed Aiyuk and Samuel to 4 catches for 54 yards. We threw downfield successfully 3 times in the 1st half, and of course We ran the ball all over the place. 176 yards. all to no avail.
Dre Greenlaw continues to be the drive-extending idiot on very important plays as he committed a needless facemask on 3rd and 12. The early penalty was bullshit, but so wa the call on Aiyuk for OPI. The refs did their damnedest to keep Chicago in the game, and they finally responded on a broken play on, you guessed it, 3rd and long. But they had a LOT of company in the penalty department. Our vaunted defense gave up one broken play for a TD on 3rd and long, and we simply fell apart. We went soft and got no pressure on Fields in the 2nd half.
We failed in every aspect of the game. Well, special teams didn’t do anything wrong.
But once again a Shanahan-led team trips and falls late. And he’s NEVER the one taking the heat for it.
Shanahan and company were absolutely out-coached today. Plain and simple. He went from conservative to more conservative. Matt (who the fuck am I?) Eberflus went into attack mode as the defense played scared and soft late to let the Bears march down the field to take the lead.