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Unprepared, undisciplined, unfocused -- again

The Bears weren’t ready to start the game. Again.

They were undisciplined. Again.

They were mistake-prone. Again.

They couldn’t stop the run. Again.

That’s on the coach. A lot of the Bears’ inexplicably awful performance in St. Louis is on Marc Trestman. The players own blame, too, but Trestman’s team wasn’t prepared, couldn’t execute and couldn’t expect Mother Nature to give it another do-over.

The Bears gave up 14 points before the game was three minutes old. On six plays.

The league’s second-worst run defense gave up 81 yards on the first series and 258 in all. The Rams’ second running back ran for more than 100 yards. Their second back, do you hear me?

A Bears team that committed 13 penalties a week ago committed another 10 Sunday, three of them wiping out TDs.

They needed nine snaps to score on first-and-goal at the 1. What does Michael Bush do for a living? Same question for Trestman. The rookie coach had been so good early with his decisions on short yardage. All bad now.

Josh McCown blew a red-zone series with a sloppy flat pass to Bush and overthrew Alshon Jeffery on a fade. How can he be so frighteningly inconsistent in the red zone with big receivers?

McCown tried to keep the Bears in the game, but the backup quarterback who hadn’t turned over the ball in relief of Jay Cutler lost a fumble and threw an interception in the fourth quarter.

The linebackers were lost all day right from the start. Tight end Jared Cook had a career day with four catches for 80 yards and a score. Rams running backs were into the third level shortly after almost every handoff.

The linebackers had company in getting lost. The defensive ends were giving up the edge like it was buy-one-get-one. Shea McClellin ought to get tipped by Rams running backs.

And bang, it was obvious early. Tavon Austin ran slick end-around action, then reversed his field and raced untouched 65 yards for a score on the game’s third play. Julius Peppers reportedly aired out the linebacker after a play the linebackers apparently should’ve known was coming.

On a day when the Lions went all Lions and lost at home to Tampa Bay, the Bears failed miserably to take advantage. This went beyond frustrating. This was a joke. Ridiculous.

And speaking of ridiculous, Devin Hester finally ran back that record-breaking return, only to lose it because Craig Steltz was flagged for holding.

Good Lord, the Bears lost to a team quarterbacked by Kellen Clemens. When that happens, you’re embarrassed. When that happens, I believe, the NFL relegates you to the SEC and promotes Alabama.

Even when the Bears got lucky before and after a ruckus in the second quarter, they still couldn’t score for almost two full quarters.

Trestman’s red-zone offense, Aaron Kromer's offensive line, Mel Tucker’s defense, Joe DeCamillis’ special teams -- the Bears have major issues in all three phases with four new coaches making decisions.

I don’t know if this qualifies as Trestman’s first major crisis as coach of the Bears, but when his team is unconscionably unprepared to start consecutive games, it sure feels like it.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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