It was interesting to hear general manager Jerry Angelo go on a tangent Tuesday in reviewing the Bears' season and discuss how and why the defense was overrun in a 31-24 loss at Houston where the Texans put up 455 yards, the most Lovie Smith's defense surrendered all season. In a must-win game, the Bears didn't have an answer for Houston, even after mounting an early 10-0 lead.
"We played the Texans, they did a pretty good job, after I looked at that tape what they did in terms of their offense,'' Angelo said. ``Their offense was good for a reason. They did a nice job on our defense, it wasn't lack of hustle to the football or anything like that. We made some mistakes but good for them bad for us, but it wasn't a lack of effort.''
Good for the Texans offense. That means good for rookie play caller Kyle Shanahan too, the son of deposed Denver Broncos coach. As it turns out, Sunday's game was the first time Kyle Shanahan, 29, has called plays in an NFL game. Houston coach Gary Kubiak informed him the task was his two days before the game.
``He almost took it away early in the game, and I would have understood if he had, but I told him I thought we could get through it [10-0 first-quarter deficit], and he showed the confidence in me to let me work my way through it,'' Shanahan said. "I'm so glad he gave me the opportunity. It was awesome."
Shanahan was a college teammate of Cedric Benson and Nathan Vasher at Texas, where he played wide receiver. FIfteen players on the Bears' 53-man roster are older than Shanahan.