MINNEAPOLIS — Here’s a look at who’s rising and falling following the Bears’ 13-9 season finale loss to the Vikings:
“The Bear Way” — Never has the ethos been so referenced in the locker room. “I think we need to get back to our roots,” cornerback Charles Tillman said.
David Bass — The second-year defensive end, who labored on the practice squad for parts of this season, started and recorded a sack and four tackles. “This has been a long journey, especially with all the players had in front of me,” he said. “Who would think the last game of the season I’d be starting?”
Kyle Fuller — His touchdown was overruled by replay, but Kyle Fuller’s interception and 31-yard return was a welcome improvement from the rookie’s rough couple months.
Discipline — The Bears finished the year with 113 penalties for 998 yards. Last season, they had 85 for 708.
Tim Jennings — The veteran cornerback played the wrong zone coverage on Adam Thielen’s 44-yard scoring catch, the only touchdown of the game.
Moral victories — Defensive end Jared Allen didn’t want to hear about positives in the team’s 11th loss. “This isn’t a moral victory league,” he said.