Q Is there dissension in the Bears locker room yet? Are the Bears defensive players starting to get ticked off at their inept offensive teammates?
A Most of the Bears defensive players will not comment on that question, which may speak volumes about their feelings. Publicly, their answer is predictable.
"We're in this together," said defensive end Phillip Daniels. "I don't want to say anything about [the offense]. They're working hard. I'm not going to point the finger at anybody. It's not their fault. It's our fault. It's all our team's fault."
Good answer. Besides, the Bears defense has not been very efficient this season either.
Q After veteran punter Sean Landeta of the Eagles fumbled the snap from center in the first quarter, he tried to kick the ball off the ground. The officials penalized the Eagles for an illegal kick. Is it still legal to attempt a drop kick?A Yes, it is still legal to attempt a drop kick in the NFL. The football used to be shaped more like a basketball in the early years of the NFL, making it more conducive for drop-kicking for an extra point or field goal. Hall of Fame running back John "Paddy" Driscoll, who played for the Chicago Cardinals and the Bears, drop-kicked a 50-yard field goal in a 1925 game that stood as an NFL record for several years.
Q When are the Bears going to fire "the NincomShoop?"
A John Shoop, whose first name should be "Beleaguered," tried to be less predictable in the first half with more toss sweeps to Anthony Thomas and a pass by wide receiver Marty Booker. But the second-half production suffered.
"Sometimes the defense is going to have a better defense than your offensive play called, and we recognize that," said Shoop. "You have to cut your losses sometimes. We obviously try not to be predictable; we try to make the same things look different. We didn't throw the ball and run and block as well as we did in the first half."
Q What's wrong with punter Brad Maynard?
A Maynard was one of the most effective punters in the NFL last season, but he has been inconsistent this year. Coach Dick Jauron says Maynard is healthy. He appears to be struggling with his mechanics, dropping the ball awkwardly on his foot, which affects the height and distance on his punts. Much like a golf swing, subtle corrections need to be made.
Q Most people predicted a blowout loss for the Bears against the Eagles. Were the players at least encouraged by the six-point margin of defeat?
A "When we get comfortable with close but no cigar, then we're headed for destruction," said defensive coordinator Greg Blache. "There are no moral victories for us."
Actually, no victories of any kind for the Bears since Sept. 15 at Atlanta.
Q Were the Bears' defensive backs using proper technique against the Eagles' receivers Sunday? If so, why were they being penalized so heavily?
A Some of the incidental contact that occurred might have been overlooked by the officials if the Bears' defenders had not had their backs turned toward the line of scrimmage when the ball arrived.
"I have no comment on the officiating. I would get a good, stiff fine," Blache said. "And with the feeling I have right now, it would cost me a fortune."
Q The Eagles' offensive linemen have a reputation for blocking defenders after the whistle. Did they get away with a lot of that Sunday?
A Daniels said the officials did keep the excessive piling on in check.
"The second guy always got caught today," said Daniels. "I think they ended their little dirtiness after the whistle."
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