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With Bears skidding, coaches, players must find ways to stay invested

With Bears skidding, coaches, players must find ways to stay invested

Pernell McPhee’s eyes bulged, only growing wider with each ugly detail he rehashed. Standing in front of his locker stall Sunday, the Bears outside linebacker had the look of a deep sea fisherman who had a marlin on the line only to see his net rip and his pole snap in two.

With less than 5 minutes remaining, the Bears had the Vikings hooked, ahead 20-13 and simply looking to close the deal. They were, it seemed, headed for a 3-4 record and a chance to drum up internal hope – however unrealistic it would’ve been – that they were among this season’s NFC playoff contenders.

Instead, McPhee’s bulging eyes were staring at 2-5. Another...

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