Bears defense forces turnovers, but still has a lot to learn
Though the Bears suffered a heartbreaking loss on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the defense showed some positives.
On Sunday against the league’s second best offense in yards per game (399.6), the Bears forced 4 turnovers, intercepting Jared Goff 3 times and forcing a fumble on a kickoff. Goff threw 3 interceptions for the first time since September 2019.
Among the key contributors on the Bears defense was rookie cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, who tallied his first career interception Sunday afternoon and forced a fumble on a kickoff that the Bears recovered. Stevenson thinks the Bears are starting to establish an identity on defense.
“We’re starting to figure out who we are,” Stevenson said to Jeff Joniak on The Official Bears Postgame Live presented by United Airlines. “We’re starting to figure out that we’re the Chicago Bears, and everyone in this league should be worried.”
Still, the Bears could not put the nail in the coffin against the Lions and it resulted in the loss. Stevenson recognized that great teams finish games.
“Everything happens for a reason. Take the good with the bad, but also, we have to learn how to finish,” Stevenson said. “For the future, we have to learn how to win and how to close out games.”
Along with his first interception, Stevenson made the critical special teams play where he hit Craig Reynolds, which led to a fumble and Chicago recovering the ball. He had a big day, and as a whole, saw the game as a learning opportunity.
“We just have to finish winning together,” Stevenson said. “This whole season has been steps. You can’t skip a step or you’ll fall, so we just have to take every step one-by-one. It comes with patience and pain, we just have to figure out what it is, and we’ll push through it.”
For the full interview between Stevenson and Jeff Joniak, check out the video above.