The day after: 'We've got to make plays'
The Monday following their sixth straight loss, Bears players were hardly in a talking mood.

The few that were at Halas Hall to explain why everything could go so wrong in the second half of a the 19-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles repeated familiar explanations.

"It's the little things," cornerback Jerry Azumah said.

Little things would be?

"Well, we've got to make plays," Azumah said.

The Bears did make plays in the first half. The offense put together a couple of nice scoring drives behind running back Anthony Thomas. The defense held the Eagles and quarterback Donovan McNabb to seven points.

"Well, the game yesterday was clearly a story of two halves," coach Dick Jauron said. "In the first half we got done what we pretty much wanted to get done. In the second half, of course, we did not.

"It was a frustrating day."

A day made all the more frustrating by 12 penalties, nine on the defense and many in crucial spots. For example, third down.

In the first half, Phillip Daniels sacked McNabb on third and 6 but was called for a face mask that gave the Eagles a first down. On the Eagles' next possession, Reggie Austin's defensive holding penalty on third down virtually erased Byran Robinson's sack and again kept a Philadelphia drive going.

On the Eagles' lone touchdown drive in the second quarter, the Bears were called for three penalties, including the first of two pass interference infractions on R.W. McQuarters. That one put the Eagles on the 5, setting up McNabb's touchdown run. The second, in the fourth quarter, set Jauron off and he got in the face of the side judge.

Jauron refused Monday to comment on the officials.

"I have a channel that I have to follow," Jauron said. "I send the information to the league and they send the information back and none of that is public. As always there are calls I'll never agree with. That happens in every game."

Players, knowing they would draw a hefty fine from the league for complaining about the officials, backed off as well.

"That's part of our business," defensive end Keith Traylor said. "Sometimes you're going to have those. Unfortunately yesterday we had quite a few."

Shoop bashing: He's been a sports radio punching bag for as long as he's been running the offense. And now it appears some players have taken a few shots.

A local television station reported that a few defensive players during Sunday's game yelled at offensive coordinator John Shoop, who has been routinely criticized for his conservative offense. A similar incident happened last season and Jauron's reaction was the same.

Jauron was more upset with the media representatives on the sideline than any possible dissent inside the team.

"They're all very competitive people and what happens on the sideline happens between a very close group of people," Jauron said. "The way those things get out is unfortunately part of our game that there are so many people down there listening. There's lots of things said on that sideline in the course of a game that you wouldn't want people to hear. And they're not all complaints. A lot of them aren't complaints at all but you wouldn't want them out in the public."