DETROIT (CBS) — After a drama-free 3-0 start to the season, one major question remained about Bears’ first-year head coach Marc Trestman.
How would he handle a loss?
That question was answered Sunday as the Bears suffered an ugly 40-32 defeat in Detroit.
“There are no moral victories, but I thought our guys played tough for the last 30 minutes,” Trestman said after the game. “I know the staff appreciated that.”
Indeed, the defense only allowed three points in the second half after the Lions put up 30 in the first 30 minutes of the game, but two crucial turnovers by quarterback Jay Cutler kept the game out of reach.
When the game was over, there was no other way to look at it other than as a defeat across the board.
“They won all three phases and they deserved to win the game,” Trestman said.
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But it wasn’t necessarily a deflated locker room after the game. The players accepted their mistakes, treating them as lessons and motivation to get better. Tight end Martellus Bennett went around the room and said something positive to every player in the room, something he said he does win or lose.
Meanwhile, the head coach, who isn’t afraid to be candid about his players’ mistakes, pinned a lot of it on himself.
“I think we were O-for on third down and that starts with me,” Trestman said. “We have to do a better job there to put (Cutler) in a position. We have done well on third down in the last few weeks. We did horribly today and again that starts with me. I have to do a better job.”