Free-falling Bears have no fix for their struggles

The Bears dropped their third straight game with a 24-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
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(670 The Score) The lights went out during the postgame Zoom press conference for Bears coach Matt Nagy on Sunday, which was all that made this one different from the others.

Nagy continues to say the same things after each loss and the Bears fail to be any better. He doesn't have any answers for this free-falling team. That much was clear in the Bears' 24-17 loss to the Titans at Nissan Stadium, a game that wasn't nearly as close as the scoreboard indicated.

The Bears have lost three straight games and four of their last five, falling further out of the playoff picture and closer to rock bottom.

"Obviously, a high level of frustration," Nagy said.

The Bears have an offense that's broken beyond repair, wasting away the play of a stellar defense. They're an undisciplined bunch that's beating themselves. And it's only getting worse.

As the Bears started 5-1, they often spoke of winning ugly. Now they're 5-4 and just plain ugly. Chicago seems destined for another lost season without the playoffs. Something has to change for the Bears to salvage this season, but they don't know what that is.

"Once again," quarterback Nick Foles said, "if I had that answer, I probably wouldn't be here."

The Bears were shut out for the first three quarters Sunday before scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter. They were an abysmal 2-for-15 on third-down conversions against the NFL's worst third-down defense.

The Titans registered nine hurries on Foles, whose makeshift offensive line offered little chance for success. At halftime, the Bears' leading rusher was linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who ran a fake punt 11 yards in the first quarter. Chicago was forced to punt three plays later.

The Bears' defense held the Titans to 228 total yards of offense and kept Derrick Henry, the NFL's leading rusher, in check with 68 yards on 21 carries. But none of that mattered because of the offense's continued struggles.

At this point, it's not even clear whether the play-calling, the quarterback or the offensive line desrves the greatest blame. The Bears aren't just one fix away from finding production. There are too many issues to count.

The Bears' offense has been ineffective since late in the 2018 season, letting down a defense that deserves better.

"We all take accountability for our own selves," linebacker Danny Trevathan said. "We all want to play better. I definitely want to play better. I feel like we’re getting better every week, but we’ve got to be able to stack them up."

The Bears' best chance is to win ugly -- like they have five times this season -- because they otherwise seem incapable of a complete performance. Three straight losses to playoff-caliber teams -- the Rams, the Saints and now the Titans -- exposed the Bears for what they are.

Three straight divisional games now await the Bears, starting when they host the Vikings on Nov. 16 on Monday Night Football. By the end of that stretch, Chicago's playoff hopes could be fading to black.

"We got to right the ship, and we’ve just got to do it by getting one win," Nagy said. "We’ve got to be able to -- whatever that is, by any measures, find a way to do it.

"Trust me, I’m going to look at everything.”

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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