Bears OL Kyle Long is a former Senior Bowl participant.
It was a disappointing season for the Chicago Bears, but positioned with the third overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, the Bears received another small perk Tuesday. The Reese’s Senior Bowl, the annual college all-star game for seniors, announced that Bears head coach John Fox and his staff will oversee the North squad. The South team will be coached by Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson and his staff.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to get a hands-on look at some of the top draft-eligible players in the nation,” said Fox, who in 28 years of coaching in the NFL has never coached in the Senior Bowl. “The Senior Bowl experience will provide our coaches and personnel staff an extended chance to evaluate these players in a one-on-one setting which could prove to be very valuable as we approach the NFL Draft. It’s a great opportunity to spend some extra time with these guys and see how they respond to our staff.”
The Chicago Bears committed five turnovers. leading directly to 24 Minnesota points, in a demoralizing 38-10 loss to the Vikings that wrapped up the 2016 regular season Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis. With the defeat, the Bears set a new standard of futility, finishing with their worst record since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978, and second worst mark since a disastrous 1-13 campaign in 1969. Minnesota finished 8-8, missing the playoffs despite a 5-0 start to the year.
In a rerun of the Bears season, untimely turnovers, poor tackling, and an inability to finish in the red zone contributed to the one-sided setback. Over the last three weeks, the Bears gave the ball away 14 times and had just one takeaway. Bears head coach John Fox lamented another Sunday of mistakes. “Whenever you give the ball away that many times, the math usually doesn’t work out very good.”
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Against a festive holiday backdrop of a Christmas Eve matinee, the Chicago Bears came up with a Grinch-like performance in a demoralizing 41-21 loss to the Washington Redskins Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. The Bears dropped to 3-12, their most losses since 2002, while Washington kept its flickering playoff hopes alive by moving to 8-6-1.
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins sliced a porous Chicago secondary for 270 yards, 2 touchdown runs and a touchdown pass and a 104.1 passer rating in leading his team to an easy win. Admittedly, Cousins faced an injury-depleted Bear attack unit, but Washington displayed its dominance by scoring on 5 straight possessions and 7 of 10 drives overall.
Bears veteran CB Tracy Porter was victimized early and often by speedy Redskins WR Desean Jackson. “S—ty performance by me, man,” Porter said. “I embarrassed my teammates, embarrassed the coaches and myself. It started with me.”
Porter wasn’t alone. Chicago QB Matt Barkley, who impressed many with his accuracy and poise up until Saturday, turned in another multiple turnover performance, throwing five interceptions, and misfiring often on other pass attempts. Barkley has committed 8 miscues over the last two weeks, adding further question marks into the Bears search for a long-term solution at QB.