Bears' Marc Trestman: 'We were terrible' in loss to Eagles

Bears' Marc Trestman: 'We were terrible' in loss to Eagles

December 22, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Bears head coach Marc Trestman didn't beat around just how poorly his Chicago Bears team played Sunday night in their 54-11 loss in Philadelphia.

"There's not much to say," he told reporters after the game. "We were ready to play this game and we played a terrible football game, for lack of a better word. We were terrible in all three phases."

Trestman said the Bears were disappointing in all three phases of the game, from a defense that allowed 289 rushing yards, an offense that finished a season-low 257 yards and a special teams group that struggled all night punting and turned the ball over in the first quarter with the team already in an early hole.

Though the Bears' league-worst run defense wasn't expected to slow down the NFL's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, it was expected that a Jay Cutler-led offense could try and keep pace. That didn't happen after the Eagles went up 14-0, and Trestman noted that trailing by multiple scores so early in the game through off the offense's rhythm the rest of the night.

"The game was moving fast on (Philadelphia's) side of the ball, and so we were a little more aggressive, we took some shots," Trestman said of his offense. "We didn't get a P.I. or a big catch. We just couldn't get anything down and so we really got out of the rhythm of running the ball and mixing in runs. It wasn't clean the way it has been."

Running back Matt Forte finished with 29 yards on nine rushes, both of which were season-lows marks.

The Bears missed a crucial opportunity to wrap up the NFC North following losses by the Packers and Lions in the late-afternoon slate of games. Trestman said the fact that the division was on the line was never directly addressed in the locker room, but that players knew what had happened and were going to play the same either way. Knowing a division title was on the line didn't change the way Trestman approached the game or game plan either, he said.

"I didn't think about any of that. Our guys have gone out every week and played to win. We prepared to do that, practiced to do that and at the end of the day we didn't get it done," he said. "These guys are focused into playing and winning, and we didn't get it done tonight."

Trestman said the key is now making sure Sunday night's loss doesn't affect the team in Week 17, when the Bears host the Packers for the NFC North division crown.

"We're not happy about it. We're extremely disappointed," Trestman said. "But that's got to go away and we've got to re-energize ourselves. We've got a very important game on Sunday."