The Bears are officially eliminated from playoff contention. It’s easy to point fingers at what went wrong in the 21-13 loss to the Packers, but a few things stood out to former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.
On NBC Sports Chicago's Football Aftershow, Briggs talked about missed tackles and poor form from some Bears defenders.
“To me that’s embarrassing,” Briggs said. “I don’t want to face my team. I don’t want to put that tape up because we’re going to look at why we didn’t win. We’re going to look at our missed opportunities and we’re going to look at the things that I’m ashamed of. I’m ashamed that I didn’t take the right angle or everybody else did what they were supposed to and I didn’t come up and I played catch technique on the goal line when I know I got to get my big boy pads on.”
Briggs was referring to cornerback Kevin Toliver II using a catch technique on Aaron Jones’ two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the Packers up 21-3.
“Toliver does a catch technique at the goal line, I don’t know how that works,” Alex Brown said in the same discussion. “He got ran through. They scored a touchdown. Ha Ha (Clinton-Dix) looks like he closed his eyes on a play where we challenged on whether the receiver went out of bounds or not. That didn’t work out.”
Poor tackling was a theme for the Aftershow analysts. Jones’ other touchdown run came after a missed tackle by Prince Amukamara.
“They missed double-digit tackles today,” Brown said of the Bears. “That’s unacceptable. I don’t see how you can make an excuse for missed tackles. I don’t understand that. If a guy is in position to make a tackle, you got to make it.”