Many praise John Fox for motivating his Chicago Bears no matter the circumstances.
The narrative died on Saturday.
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Fox¡¯s team committed countless blunders as the Washington Redskins bulldozed the Bears 41-21. Name the mistake, and it probably happened to the home team — busted coverages, blown assignments, questionable playcalling, poor decision-making, missed tackles, turnovers, untimely penalties … the list keeps going.
The effort was there, but mentally the Bears (3-12) looked unprepared from the opening kickoff.
Bears quarterback Matt Barkley threw five interceptions and two touchdowns in Saturday’s loss to the Redskins. Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports
Genuine fear existed in the nation¡¯s capital that the Redskins (8-6-1) — on a super-short week — would be upset by Fox¡¯s (9-22 in Chicago) feisty squad.
The Bears quickly eased those concerns.
Nose tackle Eddie Goldman became the 19th player to land on injured reserve Friday, so the talent gap between the Bears and Redskins is obvious.
Barkevious Mingo Authentic Jersey The Bears, however, suffered from serious lapses of judgment in all three phases — starting on offense with the quarterback.
Matt Barkley (five picks) has moxie. Chicago doesn¡¯t usually throw in the towel when Barkley is the quarterback.