Just once this season have the Bears opened a game with a touchdown, that coming in a win against the Vikings on Sept. 29. In each of the other seven games, the Bears have punted after their first series of the game.
Coach Matt Nagy sees the cumulative effect that slow starts have had on his Bears, and one again took a toll in Chicago's 22-14 to Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
"That’s what we got to do as coaches, is make them understand that you can’t do this," Nagy told reporters at Halas Hall on Monday. "It always gets into the negative. You can’t, can’t, can’t. Well, what are you going to do to make sure that that doesn’t happen the next play? It just snowballed (Sunday) in all the series and what it does is it affects the defense. They’re on the field more. They have almost double the amount of plays, time of possession, etcetera, so it makes it hard."
Despite the slow start, the Bears trailed by only five points in the fourth quarter and had the chance to take the lead, but they couldn't overcome their latest example of stalling at the start.
"We haven’t had that one drive like Green Bay last year, the first game of the year where we just went right down the field and scored a touchdown," Nagy said. "We’d like to get to that. There’s so many factors that go into that, with exactly the why part. They have all been a little bit different, different people at different times. That’s been the challenging part."