Joe Odom 5 starts
Bryan Knight 2 starts
Marcus Reese 2 starts
Brendan Ayanbadejo 1 start
Blake Costanzo 1 start
Leon Joe 1 start
Jamar Williams 1 start
4. Here is the problem for the Bears’ defense: There is no magic solution. No quick fix. No trade to plug a gaping hole. No stalwart on the street just waiting for a contract. This is quickly approaching, if it isn’t already there, what former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo would call an “acute” problem.
Injuries have racked the defensive line. Cornerback Charles Tillman can barely practice with a right knee injury and can’t finish games. Now, linebacker Lance Briggs has a shoulder injury after D.J. Williams was lost for the season. Defensive end Julius Peppers was a “play when he wants to” guy for Lovie Smith and he might just be too old to turn it on anymore. The pass rush is anemic and the Redskins rolled through the Bears for 209 yards rushing.
Alfred Morris led the way with 95 on 19 carries. Robert Griffin III added 84 on 11 carries and Roy Helu rushed 11 times for 41 yards and three touchdowns. It was the most yards the Bears have surrendered on the ground in four years since the Bengals piled up 215 in a 2009 game at Paul Brown Stadium. It’s evidence that more than just the pass rush is off up front for a beleaguered and beat-up line.
What’s worse? Washington had 499 yards offense and since 1982 the Bears have allowed more than that only five times, most recently in 2011 when the Panthers hit them up for 543 at Soldier Field.
“We’re just going to get back to work,” Trestman said when asked how the team recovers defensively. “When you don’t play as best as you like, you go back to work. We’ll do that as coaches, in terms of evaluating our football team and what we’re doing. Getting healthy over the next couple weeks will be a big part of that. You can’t make excuses but we’re going to be a fresher team certainly when we come out of this break.”
Maybe. But there are no quick solutions coming.
5. Devin Hester looked like a man with a great burden removed from his shoulders when he stood at his locker afterward and scrolled through some congratulations that had come in on his cell phone. Hester has been forced to answer questions about the lack of return scores and he broke through with an 81-yard touchdown against the Redskins’ wretched special teams unit.
Hester tied Deion Sanders' NFL record for career return touchdowns at 19. He has 615 kickoff return yards through seven games and that is just 319 shy of his career best from 2007.
6. An onside kick try in the fourth quarter might have altered the outcome of the game. But Eric Weems was ruled to be offside and it looked like his knee might have crossed the plane before Robbie Gould squibbed the ball that was eventually recovered by Zack Bowman.
“We did everything we needed to do to execute it,” Gould said. “Guys did a great job with their responsibilities and we came up with the ball. They said we were offside.”
Did he think the Bears were offside?