I would never accuse these players of a lack of effort without paying the price in the trenches with them. They’re a good group of young men, and I don’t believe they would do that.
But they were as poorly prepared and had as many lapses in judgment and mental mistakes versus the 49ers as I’ve seen on a football field this season.
The people who actually pay for the Chicago Bears — all of us — are being cheated.
It is Fox’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen. That is why he is being paid millions of dollars a year, and yet it happened today for the third time in four weeks.
Against a far superior team like the Eagles it was understandable; against the 49ers, it is not.
Here is what Fox had to say about it after the game.
“It was hard to even talk to the team after this loss. I think we had a great week of preparation. I think the guys’ mindsets are good, and they are working at it.
“Obviously, this was a very disappointing loss. In a nutshell, if you don’t give up an offensive touchdown, you’re going to win your share of games in this league. That wasn’t the case today.”