CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Kwiatkoski and DeAndre Houston-Carson combined for a big play for the Chicago Bears on a kickoff in the first quarter against the New England Patriots on Sunday.Chicago’s (not very) special teams got progressively worse from there.The Bears managed very little resistance on Cordarrelle Patterson’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown David Montgomery Jersey , and Kyle Van Noy scored off a blocked punt in the second half of the Patriots’ 38-31 victory.“Special teams errors just in general are inexcusable,” said a sullen Ben Braunecker, a backup tight end who was unable to stop Dont’a Hightower on the blocked punt. “But those especially, against that competition.”Chicago (3-3) had played pretty well on special teams before this weekend, but the breakdowns against New England (5-2) were too much to overcome, even with the Patriots lacking star tight end Rob Gronkowski because of back and ankle injuries.It was the first time New England scored two touchdowns on special teams since Oct. 4, 2010, at Miami, when Brandon Tate returned a kickoff 103 yards against the Dolphins and Kyle Arrington scored off a blocked field goal.“Obviously we take a lot pride in what we do, so we’ve got to watch the film, correct it and get ready to make some plays coming up the next game,” Houston-Carson said.The Bears made it a one-score game on Mitchell Trubisky’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Trey Burton with 4:13 left, but Patterson returned the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to the Patriots’ 41.New England punted the ball into the end zone in the final minute and Chicago was turned away on its last chance when Kevin White was stopped at the 1 on a 54-yard reception as time expired.The dramatic finish made the Bears’ trouble on special teams all the more painful.“Anytime you give you give up two touchdowns https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Jim-Mcmahon-Jersey , and oh, by the way, it’s the Patriots with Tom Brady, your chances are slim,” coach Matt Nagy said.It wasn’t all bad. Kwiatkoski forced a fumble on Patterson’s first return of the day and Houston-Carson recovered, setting Chicago up deep in New England territory. Trubisky’s 8-yard run made it 10-7 Bears with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.Jordan Howard scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter, but Patterson took the ensuing kickoff, cut inside past rookie defensive back Kevin Toliver II and ran away from kicker Cody Parkey on his way to his sixth kick return TD since his debut with Minnesota in 2013, tops in the NFL in that span.“I just missed a tackle. That was it,” Toliver said. “Just something I just can’t do.”The game was tied at 24 in the third quarter when Hightower bowled over Braunecker and got to Pat O’Donnell in plenty of time for his first career blocked punt. Van Noy picked up the ball and ran 29 yards for his first career touchdown .It was the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown by New England since Tedy Bruschi accomplished the feat at Baltimore in 1996. It was the first time it happened against Chicago since Tom Flynn recovered a punt blocked by Eric Howard in the end zone for the New York Giants on Sept. 14, 1987.Braunecker wasn’t exactly sure what happened right after the loss, but called the play “really unacceptable” and said he was embarrassed.“My legs just got taken out from under me and before I knew it I was flat on my back,” he said. “It’s just Walter Payton Color Rush Jersey , can’t imagine a worse feeling on the football field knowing that you’re responsible for something like that.” Matt Nagy met the media yesterday and he talked about how excited he was for his 2019 free agents."As an assistant coach, Matt Nagy grew up under the Andy Reid learning tree, and Reid is one of the most forward thinking offensive minds of all time. Reid’s roots are squarely in the west coast offense, but he’s shown an ability to adapt and to learn other concepts to keep things fresh for his teams. Nagy’s first year running the offense with the Chicago Bears wasn’t record setting, but we saw innovation for the first time in a long time, and the groundwork was laid to what should be a breakout in 2019. Part of that breakout will center around the new faces his team added in free agency. This team will still only go as far as Mitchell Trubisky will take them, but with a new running back and a new play-maker (WR/KR/RB) joining Allen Robinson II, Tarik Cohen, Anthony Miller, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, and for now, Jordan Howard Gale Sayers Jersey , the offense has a multitude of weapons that defenses will need to scheme against. Nagy’s new tailback, former Seattle Seahawk Mike Davis, has never been the number one option, but he had a mini-breakout last year averaging a career high 4.6 yards per carry (514 yards). He also hauled in 34 receptions, and he did so while playing only 37% of the offensive snaps. He’s not a burner, but there’s a suddenness to his game that will add a dimension to the offense in 2019. “He was a guy that can make you miss between the tackles.” Nagy said from the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. “He has that in him. We liked that. We thought that would be a good addition to our side of the ball on offense.” Adding a play-maker like Cordarrelle Patterson to the mix also has Nagy excited. Patterson is one of the best kick returners in the history of the NFL, but he’s going to have a versatile role all over the offense with the Bears. He only played about 20% of the offensive snaps last year for the Patriots, with another 16% on special teams, but he made the most of his 5.7 touches per game by returning kicks and lining up everywhere on offense. He racked up 76 all-purpose yards per game and 5 total touchdowns last year. Nagy also weighed in on his defense’s new safety and nickleback. The Bears didn’t re-sign Adrian Amos or Bryce Callahan, two popular and productive players, but they both moved on to big paydays with the Packers and Broncos respectively. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Buster Skrine will try to fill the shoes of those two players, but the Bears are confident they can do it. I don’t think it was a coincidence that Amos’ production picked up once he was paired with Eddie Jackson the last two seasons, so now that Clinton-Dix will slide into the role next to an All-Pro in Jackson https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Mike-Singletary-Jersey , we’ll have to see if he can bounce back to his Pro Bowl form. I think Amos is a solid football player, and will be fine in Green Bay, but I also think Clinton-Dix is a good fit for the Bears defense. He’s a different type of safety, but with the way Chicago’s offense should be able to score points, Chicago will need a guy that can cover, and that’s where he has the edge over Amos.And speaking of covering, Nagy believes their new nickle can do that as well. That description reminds me of their old nickle corner, Callahan, whom I do think is a better player. Part of the reason the Bears went with Skrine is his relative good health throughout his career. Callahan’s injury history had to be considered, and he’s still not cleared to workout and will probably miss minicamp for Denver.But Nagy and the Bears have moved on from 2018 and they expect their new faces to help them build off their 12 win, NFC North championship, and get even further this season.Which of these four do you think will make the biggest impact?
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