HOW WE GOT HERE
Retracing the steps that took Bears from a 2014 farce to a 2018 force
Four years ago on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field, the Bears were trying to win their third game in 12 days but lost 34-17 to the Lions after leading 14-3 in the second quarter. It was the first of five consecutive losses as the Bears finished 5-11 in coach Marc Trestman’s second year.
It was a dreadful end to a dreary season that fueled disillusionment. Just two years earlier, the Bears were 10-6 under Lovie Smith in 2012. What seemed like a bold, progressive move by general manager Phil Emery — firing Lovie and hiring Trestman to maximize Jay Cutler and invigorate a disappointing offense — turned out to be a huge step backward.
Four years later, the Bears are 8-3 after beating the Lions 23-16 on Thanksgiving