Error in Judgment

Coach Lovie Smith insists he's not going to boot David Terrell off the team following his latest gaffe, but Sunday's penalty could be the error-prone wide receiver's worst mistake yet.

Terrell's pass-interference penalty occurred more than 30 yards away from where Thomas Jones caught a short pass on the Bears' first offensive play, but it nullified what would have been a 77-yard TD catch and run.

"We aren't going to bench a guy for one penalty," Smith said. "It was unfortunate that we got it at the time when it was a big play."

Terrell was penalized last week for an illegal block that wiped out a first down, and he had two penalties, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct call, in the season opener.

"A lot of people hurt us for the second week in a row," Smith said. "We're not going to say that we're going to kick one guy out of the family because of that. David needs to get better; we all need to get better. It's a team effort today. We didn't win as a team. As a team we made a lot of mistakes -- a lot of different people."

Terrell threw two crushing blocks on the pass to Jones, but the first was before the pass was caught, making it illegal.

--An alarming trend of 100-yard rushers continued Sunday when journeyman Michael Pittman dented the Bears for 109 yards on the ground in addition to 55 yards in receptions.

"We just have to learn how to play this defense," tackle Tommie Harris said. "We have to learn what the main scheme about this defense is, and it's about unselfishness, everybody doing what they have to do, being in the right place at the right time, and once you're there, make the play. We were there a lot of times and just missed the tackles."

Previously, the Redskins' Clinton Portis ripped the Bears for 171 rushing yards, the Eagles' Michael Westbrook ran for 115 yards, and the Packers' Ahman Green rumbled for 128. The Vikings' Onterrio Smith rushed for 94 yards against the Bears, who entered Week 7 ranked No. 29 in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. The Bucs were just 30th in rushing yards before piling up 138 on Sunday.

--DT Tommie Harris had the Bears' only sack, giving him 2 1/2 for the season and the team lead. But Harris also had a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness when he knocked down Bucs QB Brian Griese after getting flagged for jumping offside.

--QB Craig Krenzel averaged less than three yards per passing play, completing 9 of 19 for 69 yards while getting sacked twice for minus-12 yards. His passer rating was 34.8.

--QB Jonathan Quinn (5 of 9 completions for 47 yards, two sacks) said he still considered himself the Bears' starter despite being lifted at halftime in favor of rookie Craig Krenzel. But Quinn also said he thought his replacement played well and wasn't sure what the coaches would decide.

--CB Jerry Azumah, who went to the Pro Bowl last season as the NFC's kickoff returner, averaged just 17.5 yards on four kick returns Sunday.

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