PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Bears' turnstile defense lived up to its unflattering reputation Sunday night.
The return of decorated veteran linebacker Lance Briggs was akin to placing a fancy hood ornament on a beat-up jalopy.
Coach Marc Trestman said all aspects of the Bears' performance fell under the general category of "terrible," accounting for the lopsided and embarrassing score: Eagles 54, Bears 11.
Briggs, who made his return from a small fracture in his left shoulder suffered Oct. 20 against the Redskins, was credited with just one tackle Sunday. His conditioning appeared to be an issue, as might be expected, but his teammates appreciated his presence on the field.
"He's another coach out there on the field," Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic said. "He was making some plays tonight, so it was good to see that again."
"I thought he played hard," coach Marc Trestman said. "I thought he came through it well."
The Eagles had their way against the Bears defense, scoring in every possible fashion while taking a 21-0 first-quarter lead. With 514 total yards, including 289 on the ground, the Bears need more than one man doing his job to stem the onslaught.
"(Briggs) just brings that fire and that energy to the team, that leadership," cornerback Tim Jennings said. "Every guy feeds off that. We know that he has been out for a while. It's going to be a slow start. But he was out there and he gave guys the fire. He got guys lined up, and that's what we need. I think it's going to continue to get better, and he is going to start feeling more comfortable and we are going to rally around that."
The Bears' league-worst run defense had no answer for one of the league's most versatile running backs. LeSean McCoy ran wild for 133 yards on 18 carries and 2 touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 29 yards and Nick Foles completed 21 of 25 passes for 230 yards and 2 TDs for a passer rating of 131.7.
"I don't think it would matter what offensive system (McCoy) plays in," Trestman said. "Chip (Kelly) has done a tremendous job putting this offense in, no doubt about it. He's just a great back. He's a back who can play in anybody's offense and be great. He's great in space, his second effort is as good as anybody in the league, and he has great hands.
"You saw him tonight. He made people miss in space all over the place. He's a very dynamic, elite player in our league."
Briggs and his defensive teammates have one more week to get their act together when the Bears host the Packers on Sunday for the NFC North title.
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