Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
I heard a lot of people speculating last week about whether the Bears would open “Club Dub” and celebrate if they beat the Lions. Did they ever consider not doing it?
No, the Bears never considered shuttering Club Dub. Coach Matt Nagy explained it simply following Sunday’s 20-13 win over the Lions by saying: “That’s who we are.” As we all know, it’s extremely difficult to win an NFL game and I see no reason why the Bears or anyone else shouldn’t celebrate every victory. With that being said, I thought that players and coaches put the win in proper perspective. They didn’t act like they had just won the Super Bowl; they were obviously very happy and relieved to end their four-game losing streak, but players in the locker room after the game talked about the need for continued improvement on both sides of the ball.
Who was the last Bears player with an interception and a sack in the same game?
Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski became the first Bears player to accomplish that feat in Sunday’s win over the Lions since nickel back Bryce Callahan almost a year to the day against the same opponent. Callahan produced an interception and a sack in a 34-22 win over the Lions last Nov. 11 at Soldier Field. Callahan was the fifth Bears player to accomplish the feat last year. The others were linebacker Khalil Mack (versus the Packers), defensive back Sherrick McManis (Cardinals), outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (Buccaneers) and safety Adrian Amos (Bills).
Why did the Bears decline a penalty against the Lions Sunday that allowed Detroit to kick a field goal? Why not accept the penalty and push them out of field-goal range?
Park Ridge, Illinois
The situation you’re referring to occurred late in the second quarter when the Lions were penalized for an illegal formation on a play that produced three yards. The Bears declined the penalty, resulting in fourth-and-12 at the 36. Matt Prater followed by drilling a 54-yard field goal. Had the Bears accepted the penalty, it would have resulted in third-and-20 from the 44. Here’s what coach Matt Nagy said about the decision after the game: “You could go either way. I would not be opposed if we would have accepted it and pushed them back. You never know what could have happened on that third down. They could have got closer. Maybe they didn’t. There’s a lot of things that could have happened and then maybe they end up kicking a longer field goal than 54 for sure. We discussed it and we stayed committed with it. You’ve got to give credit to [Prater], too. He banged a 54-yard field goal.”