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Bears' Danny McCray: 'We shouldn't have snapped it' on fake punt

12/16/2014

CHICAGO -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Chicago Bears' 31-15 loss to the New Orleans Saints:

Slumped over in his locker, Danny McCray recalled counting up every player on the punt, and immediately knowing the Chicago Bears lined up a man short.

"We shouldn't have snapped it," he said. "We probably should've just taken the delay."

The failed play summed up the dysfunction plaguing the Bears on Monday during a 31-15 loss to the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field.

The Bears attempted to execute a fake punt from their own 39 in the second quarter, but Erik Lorig quickly sniffed it out and stuffed McCray for just a 2-yard gain after he took the ball on the direct snap. So not only did McCray fall short of the required yardage to move the chains on fourth-and-3, officials flagged the Bears for illegal formation.

New Orleans declined the penalty.

"It was frustrating," McCray said.

Bears coach Marc Trestman took responsibility for the mishap.

"I'm not going to go through the litany of all that," Trestman said. You have a right to ask the question. But it's really simple. We should have had 11 players, but we had 10. I'm responsible for that."