LAKE FOREST – Marc Trestman stayed positive immediately after his first loss as the Bears’ head coach, and after having time to watch the tape, that positivity continued into Monday.
“Obviously, we didn’t win the game, and it sounds like we did by what I just had to say,” he said after a list of several of the bright spots in the Bears’ 40-32 loss to the Lions on Sunday in Detroit.
On defense, Trestman lauded how the unit handled Calvin Johnson, defended the Lions on third down and in the red zone, and how they played after halftime.
“Second half, we held them to three points, and Stafford, who had come into the game with almost a 100 rating, left the game with about an 83 rating,” he said.
Linebacker Lance Briggs explained that Trestman did harp on the things that went awry, but remained pleased with how the team battled at the end.
“He enhanced the negative at halftime and how we needed to turn it around, and after the game he enhanced the positives that we fought, and to take something from that game that this is a team of fighters,” Briggs said.
Tackling the issue: One negative that Trestman and Briggs both harped on was the inability to get Reggie Bush to the turf on several occasions. Bush broke tackles left and right, and the Bears have another tough test in a similar player with Saints running back Darren Sproles next week.
“Defensively, we have to do a better job with our fits and our tackling, that was the least productive part of our football,” Trestman said. “They had over 100 yards rushing on missed tackles and missed fits, so that’s really where we have to focus on defensively regarding our run defense.”
Briggs, who led the team with 13 tackles, said the frustrating part was that Bush got big gains against eight-man fronts.
“Missed tackles, not being in our gaps. That’s it. It’s that simple,” he said. “When you talk about an eight-man front, it means somebody wasn’t in their gap or something happened for somebody to not be in their gap.”
Help from Izzy: Per an ESPN Chicago report, a Bears player thought the Lions’ offense knew the Bears’ stunt calls via former Bear and current Lion Israel Idonije, which gave Bush an advantage. Briggs didn’t think Idonije could have given them much help. “What information could Izzy give them?” he said. “We play the Detroit Lions twice a year for as long as I’ve known. They have all the information that they need. We’re not a complicated defense.” When asked if it looked like the Lions knew what the Bears’ defense was doing, Trestman responded, “No, I don’t think there was any evidence of that at all on the tape.”