Chicago Bears: 3 Losers from Week 1 vs Rams

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After an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams in front of the national crowd, the Chicago Bears have a lot to figure out. There was a lot of blame to go around for the way the team performed and a lot of negative takeaways. There were a few players and coaches that particularly came away from the loss as “losers” and will need to show improvement going forward.

The Chicago Bears had too many mistakes in the loss to the Rams

Loser No. 1: Sean Desai

In his debut as defensive coordinator, Sean Desai failed miserably. It was one of the worst defensive performances by the Bears in recent memory. The Rams are a high-powered offense with a great quarterback and a stacked receiving core, but there is no excuse for what happened last night.

After an offseason of hearing about how the new defense would look like the Vic Fangio defense from 2018, the Bears only got one sack and no takeaways. Desai will have to make a lot of changes going forward because everything that could go wrong in last night’s game did.

The new-look secondary was the weakest link yesterday and had a few horrendous miscommunications, including two embarrassing huge plays to Cooper Kupp. Jaylon Johnson was the only member of the Bears secondary that had a decent game. Kindle Vildor, Marqui Christian, and Eddie Jackson noticeably played poorly. Christian especially looked lost on multiple plays. The communication throughout the entire defense looked absent and there were multiple times it looked like the players did not know what was going on.

Sean Desai knows he has plenty of talented playmakers on defense. With guys like Eddie Jackson, Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack, and Akiem Hicks there should not be this many defensive lapses in games. He should take a look at how disciplined the Rams defense looks and use that as a lesson to his own defense.

Sunday night was not a good look for Desai. Obviously, there is more to blame than just him, but as the new defensive coordinator he did not get off to the best start. Hopefully, he can figure out how to fix the mistakes or he could be on the hot seat after just one year.