LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The number of drops by the Bears in Sunday's loss to the Titans varies anywhere from eight to twelve.
Regardless of the exact count, it was one too many and the Bears know it.
"Just let's you know that you have to focus in on the smallest things," noted Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard. "You might catch a thousand passes at practice, but in the game, if you take your eye off the ball you might drop it. Just got to lock in more."
What's surprising is Howard's hypothetical on catching a thousand passes at practice doesn't seem too far off from the reality, at least according to head coach John Fox.
"I can honestly say, I've been doing this for a long time. No matter what team, even as an assistant coach, I don't know if I've ever seen receivers catch more balls than our guys do in practice. I think it's just a matter of being out there more. Like I mentioned yesterday, I think it was Marquess Wilson's second game this season. He hasn't played football in months and months. Like everything, if it doesn't go real well the more you do it, the better you get. I think those game conditions are a little bit different than in practice. A lot of guys played more in this game than they had all season."
Inexperience may or may not be a legitimate excuse, but the Bears' veteran leaders are already moving on.
"I'm not crying about that loss," said Bears outside linebacker Willie Young. "Lord knows I wish we would have won that game. It is what it is. You've got to face reality. A lot of people don't want to face it, but you have to put it behind you and keep moving forward."