With Chicago free-falling into a three-game losing streak after Monday night's 31-15 loss to the New Orleans Saints, naturally, questions regarding the Bears' effort continue to surface as the search commences for answers to the club's futility continues.
In the wake of the defeat Monday night, New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis was asked whether he thought the Bears quit.
"I wouldn't say I had seen it," Lewis said. "I don't think some players out there looked excited to play. Some of them came to play, and some of them didn't."
That's pretty much what the eyeball test has revealed of the Bears over the past several weeks.
Having watched tape of Green Bay's wins over Chicago, Lewis gleaned a few tips for how to stop the Bears offense. The most important? Disguise coverages to confuse quarterback Jay Cutler, who posted a 6.8 total QBR in the loss.
"Don't tell them what [defense] you're in," Lewis said. "Make them figure it out at the last minute. There was a lot of success doing that. By film study, we watched that and saw a couple of teams do the same thing and have success."
Cutler tossed three interceptions Monday night to extend his NFL lead in turnovers (24). The highest paid offensive player in the NFL ($22.5 million in 2014), Cutler has progressively increased his turnover rate this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cutler has averaged a turnover every 33.3 snaps, which ranks as the third-worst rate among all qualified players in the NFL. Cutler's turnover rate is nearly twice as bad as the average qualified NFL quarterback this season, who turns over the ball ever 65.3 snaps.
Cutler earns $1 million more than the next-highest-paid offensive player (Matt Ryan, $21.5 million), yet he's responsible for 10 more turnovers (24 to Ryan's 14). Joe Flacco will earn $21 million in 2014, and he's turned over the ball on just nine occasions.
Contrary to what Lewis said, Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro called his team's success against Cutler and Chicago's offense a simple matter of execution.
Asked what the Saints did to confuse Cutler, Vaccaro said, "not much."
"We were doing what we did all year," he added. "It really wasn't an X's and O's thing. We just executed better."