CHICAGO – Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky returned Sunday at Soldier Field, and so did the booing fans.
After spending their bye week trying to fix the issues that plagued them over their first five games, particularly on offense, the Bears had nothing to show for it in a 36-25 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
It was the first time since Chicago lost by more than a touchdown since Matt Nagy took over as coach in 2018.
Trubisky, returning from a dislocated left shoulder that kept him out for most of two games, completed 34 of 54 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, with most of that coming in garbage time. The Bears running game remained completely inept with seven carries for 17 yards.
"Run game, pass game, offense, defense, it's a trickle-down effect, and everything affects everything else," Trubisky said. "We're not helping out our defense by not staying on the field."
At one point, the Bears went three-and-out on five of six drives from midway through the second quarter until the fourth. The other drive ended after one play when David Montgomery fumbled.
The Bears offense didn't score until there was less than 3 minutes to play. Chicago's only TD up until that point was Cordarrelle Patterson's 102-yard kickoff return.
Nagy said he never thought about benching Trubisky, and he remains committed to the No. 2 overall pick from 2017.
Asked if he would consider having another coach call the offensive plays, Nagy said: "I'm not going to get into all that. If I did, I'm not going to — no one here will know."
Forced to try to carry the load while on the field for nearly double the amount of time as the offense for much of the game, the Bears defense eventually broke, even though it was playing a New Orleans offense without quarterback Drew Brees and running back Alvin Kamara.
Up 12-10 at halftime, the Saints scored 24 unanswered second-half points. New Orleans had 424 yards of offense, 151 on the ground.
The Chicago defense didn't record a takeaway and had only one sack against backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Latavius Murray did his part to fill in for Kamara, scoring two touchdowns during the Saints' second-half run. Bridgewater threw for 281 yards as he improved to 5-0 while filling in for Brees.
"I think Teddy's just playing the way he knows how to play," said Murray, Bridgewater's teammate with the Vikings in 2017. "I don't think he's trying to replace Drew. He's just come in and been himself."