Daniel was 7 for 11 on passes that traveled 10 or more yards in the air beyond the line of scrimmage, gaining 113 yards and two touchdowns on those completions.
"At this point in the career it's really, truly not about the money, it's about opportunities", said Daniel of his first start since December 28, 2014.
For the better part of the early afternoon in Detroit, the Bears looked like a exhausted football team, going through the motions and doing the best they could at times on defense while the offense struggled to execute behind its backup quarterback, who had little or no solid practice reps to prepare for his first start since 2014. "[It's] one that I don't know if I've ever seen".More news: UCF moves ahead of Ohio State in College Football Playoff rankings
The defense was pretty good again, but it wore down in the second half when it allowed 223 of the 333 yards it gave up on the day. To be fair, a healthy amount of input on this decision came from Nagy, who worked with the quarterback during his time as an assistant in Kansas City. With the running game struggling to the tune of 38 yards on 14 carries, he moved the ball down the field enough to orchestrate three scoring drives. These guys aren't just starters or special teams players; rather, they are dynamic and key pieces to their success. Howard, who's rushed for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons in the National Football League, has been an afterthought thus far in the Bears' offense. That play is much more effective when Howard is actually a threat to gash the defense. Detroit has some extra time to rest now, and perhaps the Lions will be healthier for their next game - but that December 2 matchup is against a formidable opponent in the Los Angeles Rams. "Put it in where I thought was going to be a good spot, and just wasn't". You can't be one-dimensional. You've got to be able to stop the run.
The plan for the offseason will start to shape up the closer we get, but for now, it seems clear to me that this team has a long ways to go and needs some serious improvements in the offseason. That's not what I do. If it's running the ball five times and that's how we're going to win, I'll run the ball five times. "I know that. And for us, we got to make sure in these situations that we're doing the right thing". "That's all I really care about".