Special teams breakdowns are a staple of this year's Bears team
Every NFL coach preaches sound fundamentals on special teams, since performance in the third phase of the game can change everything -- just ask the Chicago Bears.
So far this season, there have been 11 return touchdowns scored on special teams, and the Bears have been responsible for giving up three of them. The latest was 65-yard punt return by Marcus Sherels of the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.
Special-teamer Chris Prosinski was one of 11 Bears who failed to bring Sherels down on Sunday.
"He caught the edge from what I could see," Prosinski said, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. "I was just playing it down the middle and he caught the corner. It’s hard to see until we get in there and watch film. We knew that is what they wanted to go, get to the edge. That is kind of what they do in the return game. We’ll see what happened on film. We have to fix it though. We can’t be a liability out there."
The Bears also gave up a 108-yard kick return to David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals in Week and a 105-yard kick return to Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. Improvement on the coverage units should be a point of emphasis for Chicago moving forward.