It’s not just the Lions players who need to ‘learn how to win’ – The Athletic

The Bears already had a six-plus-minute drive going and had pushed inside Detroit’s red zone before it happened, so they likely would have taken the lead anyway. But, after the Lions called timeout with 1:54 left, Chicago’s offense took the field again facing a third-and-9 from the 16.

The Lions came out in a Cover-0 alignment with a check into a two-high look, depending on what they saw pre-snap. The Bears’ setup — a max-protect alignment — triggered that defensive audible, so linebacker Alex Anzalone attempted to signal the shift.

“I was trying to relay the call,” Anzalone said. “After that, I’m not really sure what happened.”

Here’s what happened: Pure chaos.

One half of the Lions’ secondary saw Anzalone’s call; the other half didn’t. On the sideline defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn noticed the miscommunication and all but tackled the line judge as he and Dan Campbell frantically attempted to get a timeout. Glenn then punched the air in frustration, perhaps in part because that timeout was illegal — the Lions couldn’t call back-to-back TOs without a snap in between, so they were flagged for a five-yard penalty.

“It was a check, by what they were doing,” Campbell said. “So, you don’t get it until it’s in the middle of the play, but it was something we had talked about. … The first thing in my head is, ‘We’ve got a blown coverage, they’re going to score a touchdown.’ … I know he threw it out in the flat and that was about to be a touchdown.

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