Mike Tice called last week's game against the Giants a "street fight." Not only did the Bears lose the game 17-3, but they lost the fight in a unanimous decision after allowing 10 sacks, including an NFL-record nine in the first half.
"When you go out in a street fight, you have to rise up and accept the challenge and fight back, and we didn't win enough fights," the Bears offensive line coach said.
The key to the Bears season is tied to how the offensive line responds to what might have been one of the worst performances imaginable, but Tice has kept his approach simple as he prepares his unit to face the host Panthers on Sunday.
"You work your asses off, and you get pissed off a little bit, and you have to make the hard corrections," Tice said. "If you don't make the hard corrections, and let them think that it's OK and acceptable, then that's the boundary we set for ourselves. Because everyone is saying we're not any good, and that's not a good thing.
"You make the hard corrections, and you look at what you're doing drill wise. You work on things they're not doing well."
Part of the problem has been a lack of cohesion resulting from left tackle Chris Williams' hamstring injury. Veteran guard Roberto Garza missed a practice leading up to the game because of a knee injury. He wore braces on both knees against the Giants, one of which broke in the the first half, the other in the second, according to Tice. He was eventually replaced by Edwin Williams.
"We didn't rise to the challenge, whether we weren't good enough or whether we didn't pay attention to technique," Tice said.