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Sloppy Start Dooms Bears

The Bears couldn't recover from a sloppy start Sunday against the Saints.
CHICAGO-Against a top-notch defense like the Saints you’ve got to play almost perfect football.  The Bears didn’t to that. Certainly not on their first two possessions when they fumbled the ball deep in their own territory.

"We have to do a better job of starting fast. I was sloppy the first couple drives," says receiver Brandon Marshall.

"I’m certainly disappointed in the way we started this game offensively, and that starts with me and the accountability to get our guys going in the right direction," says head coach Marc Trestman.

The defense struggled to put pressure on Drew Brewers sacking him only once. And the Bears first objective, stop tightend Jimmy Graham, didn’t work either at least in the first half when he had more than 100 yards receiving.

"He’s a tough guy to stop," says Trestman.

The Bears offense, which started so strong the first three weeks has stubbed its toe these last two games. Trestman says it’s not so much what the opposing defenses are doing as it is the Bears simply stopping themselves.

"I think it’s all about us. Quite frankly it usually is," says Trestman.

"We weren’t as efficient down in the redzone," says Jay Cutler. "We had three or four cracks at it down there one time and couldn’t punch it in. They were droping 7-8 guys. It was just a few plays here and there."

"Yea, I’m frustrated," says Marshall. "We just lost our second straight game. We’ve got a short turnaround. That’s the good thing about playing a Thursday night game."

"These games are never easy," says Trestman. "We’re paid to win games, and to win at Soldier Field. I’m disappointed that we didn’t give our fans what they came to see."
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