Bears cornerback Zack Bowman got his first start of the season Christmas night against the Packers. It did not go well.
After the game, Bears coach Lovie Smith acknowledged that Bowman, who got picked on by Aaron Rodgers all night, had a rough game, although he also said Bowman and the secondary could have had more help.
“Coverage wise, Zack Bowman will be blamed for an awful lot, and he needed to make a couple plays, but we needed to get more pressure up front and didn’t make enough plays defensively,” Smith said.
Bowman talked after the game about the way the Bears’ season has fallen apart.
“It’s very disappointing,” Bowman told the Chicago Tribune. “We were in good shape; we were 7-3. I don’t know how many we lost in a row, but it’s tough knowing we were [headed for] the playoffs and at the end of the season we’re not in the playoffs. Very frustrating.”
The Bears have lost five in a row (their longest losing streak since 2002) since Jay Cutler broke his thumb. Before Cutler’s injury the Bears had won five in a row and seemed headed to the playoffs. Now their playoff hopes have officially come to an end.