CHAMPAIGN—R.W. McQuarters said he was searching around on the ground as he headed for the locker room at the end of Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
"I think the officials threw a flag on me on the way to the tunnel," the Bears veteran cornerback said sardonically. "I don't know whether to sit here and put my clothes on or what to do."
"There were definitely questionable calls, and I think that was the main thing that hurt us," McQuarters said. "You've never seen us get penalized like we did today."
"I don't know if one of them was betting on the game or whatever, there was definitely something going on. I've never seen that before. A lot of those calls came on third down. A bad call is a bad call."
En route to dropping their sixth straight contest, the Bears did manage to keep Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in relative check. He completed 18-of-33 passes for 209 yards with one interception. McNabb's passing rating was 61.3.
But the Bears believed they could not compete with some of the officials' questionable calls.
"It's tough when you make a good play on defense and you get ticky-tack calls like that," Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher said.
"It's frustrating, man, because we feel like we're playing good. Our defensive backs are physical and they're going to bang you and run with you. But when they're not allowed to do that, it takes a lot of our aggression out.
"I know they get paid to do their job, but somebody needs to keep an eye on [the officials]. They should get fined like we get fined."
Urlacher and McQuarters said they tried to talk to the officials on the field to determine the exact nature of the infractions.
"Their answer was: 'Well, we thought we saw something.' You either saw it or you didn't," said McQuarters. "I honestly feel that if we can come out here and get fined the amount of money that they fine players, then referees should get fined for bad calls. They watch the tape every week. Why not? It makes sense."
McNabb was the Eagles' leading rusher with 46 yards on nine carries, including a 5-yard TD jaunt in the second quarter.
Urlacher did his best to spy on McNabb.
"We felt we had to do something," Urlacher said. "We did a really good job keeping him in the pocket for the most part. We just wanted to do something to make him beat us with his arm."
Urlacher was credited with 10 tackles and a sack. Safety Mike Green led the defense in tackles with 13 but twice was penalized for illegal contact of an Eagles receiver downfield.
"Every time we touched them a flag was on the ground," Urlacher said.
"I'm glad I'm not a DB, I'll tell you that much. You couldn't touch those [Eagles receivers] after 5 yards. I would be in a lot of trouble."
Phillip Daniels' two first-half sacks matched his single-game career high.
"We didn't play hesitantly today," said Daniels, who was whistled for a facemask penalty in the first half. "We just pinned our ears back and went out there."
Generally reserved Bears coach Dick Jauron engaged in animated conversations during the game with the officiating crew of Terry McAulay, Byron Boston, Scott Steenson, Ed Coukart, Tommy Moore, Lawrence Hill, Jeff Bergman and Billy Smith.
But Jauron's comments were tempered after the loss.
"I'm not watching what [the referees] are watching," he said. "We never agree on everything. You've got to believe the officials are awfully good at what they do."