LAKE FOREST – Reviewing the tape from Thursday night’s game against the Giants likely made Bears coach Marc Trestman even more pleased the team got out of there with a win.
“It was not our best performance, no doubt about it,” Trestman said about the defense when addressing the media Friday. “On the downside, third down and red zone, certainly not as productive as it had been the two weeks before. Our tackling wasn’t crisp.
“We missed some tackles in what we call ‘crack replace,’ and we had a couple side-pocket throws in our Cover 2.”
The Bears gave up 106 rushing yards to Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. As a team, the Giants had yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing in a game all season.
Part of the issue on defense was, yet again, the lack of a pass rush. Julius Peppers did not even make the official stat sheet, and Trestman was asked about his play.
“I just don’t think it’s about one guy here. It’s about us collectively continuing to find ways to get a pass rush going,” he said. “We got close and Julius got close a couple times, too. We just didn’t get close enough. We got close enough to redirect Eli [Manning] a couple times and push him out of the pocket, we just didn’t hit him.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Trestman knew they had some opportunities to put the Giants away.
“The most disappointing part of the half was certainly when we took points off the board, the quick screen to Brandon, and then the screen pass that Jay [Cutler] got the penalty on, and took us out of field goal range,” he said, “which could have really, really hurt us.”
The positive, though, is the Bears got a win on short rest, which is always tough in the NFL, and Trestman appreciated how they responded to Sunday’s loss. He commended the team’s “leadership” for getting players emotionally ready for Thursday’s game.
“We had enough left in us to play with a sense of urgency last night and take the Giants’ best shot,” he said.
Another loss on “D”: The Bears confirmed that middle linebacker D.J. Williams suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle injury. He left Thursday’s game and did not return, and was placed by rookie Jon Bostic. Williams had 27 tackles, four for loss, this season, and had been stout against the run game. Bostic had not played a snap on defense in the regular season until Thursday night, but will likely be starting the rest of the way.