Bernstein: This Bears Loss Hurt

September 09, 2018 - 11:45 pm
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(670 The Score) If Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller holds on, we have an entirely different narrative.

If Fuller makes that interception, the Matt Nagy regime is off and rolling, writing its early history with an offense of stretch plays and efficiency, starting us down a road of runaway optimism fueled by weeks of trust that still may not be deserved. We'll see.

It wasn't to be for the moment, undone by undoing and not doing and not being what has to be, at least yet. Yet could have been now and should've been. And what ended up kinda sucks after all that.

The Bears' 20-0 lead over the Packers in the third quarter Sunday evening isn't the memory Nagy wants, anymore. The Bears blew it in an eventual 24-23 loss, even with Khalil Mack living up to absolutely everything possible, setting a record with his single-half sack, touchdown, interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery, home run, power-play goal, Olympic biathlon record and hole-in-one.

This was brutally painful for the Bears fans who might remember Randall Cobb putting his hand up just as Chris Conte bit on the fake that he was coached to expect, now again seeing Cobb carve away again at the flesh of belief.

This hurt.

Aaron Rodgers was down and out until he was up and celebratory, because he and his coaches learned to neutralize Mack by getting the ball out and away, wide and wider, and the Bears failed to tackle in the middle of the field. A long-held NFL lesson is to not give Rodgers extra lives, but the Bears kept pumping quarters into that old arcade game and let him keep hitting the fire button.

Second-year Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky didn't rise to the stage. That's on him and Nagy and all of what we were told was being honed so finely in practice. Get better at getting yards when you have to get them. That was the point of all of this.

Kyle Fuller could've caught that ball. He didn't, and for the Bears, that's really too bad.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.​​