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Packers wide receiver Davante Adams makes a pass reception against Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller during the second half Sunday in Chicago.

Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press

CHICAGO — There is no need to interview Bears players after a loss. It's the same old same old.

As you leave the press box for the locker room, you already know what coach John Fox and his players are going to say. Almost word for word.

And that's what's so unsettling — losing has become as "comfortable" as a robe and slippers.

Fox will blame injuries, but say it's no excuse. Huh?

The players say they have to first look at film to see what happened.

Loss after loss. Week after week.

Sunday's pathetic 23-16 loss to the tired, banged-up Packers is another robe-and-slippers example.

As is often the case after a difficult loss, there were no angry Bears punching lockers, shouting profanities, blowing off reporters or hurling equipment around like Frisbees.

Instead, we're fed luke-warm Pablum.

"I'm eager to watch the film and see what else I can learn and get better from," said rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who was sacked five times.

"Obviously this was a very disappointing loss here at home, like a lot of games this season," said Fox, now 12-29 as Bears' coach and 3-12 in their division.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan missed the game with a quad injury and teammates implied that was the reason for the low pilot light on defense.

So what are the other 10 bodies, window dressing?

Cornerback Kyle Fuller, who fell out of favor when he sat out the 2016 season after having his knee scoped, had been impressive in this, his contract year. But Sunday, he was picked apart like a Thanksgiving turkey.

Backup Brett Hundley, appearing in only his fifth game and with a 58.3 QB rating, targeted Fuller 10 times, completing eight passes for 127 yards.

Fuller and Eddie Jackson got turned around on Hundley's 19-yard touchdown throw to Davante Adams.

And late in the game, Fuller was beaten again on Adams' 42-yard reception inside Bears' territory.

"They made some plays," Fuller said. "There were some things maybe I could've done better on a couple."

Like, maybe follow your reads.

Prince Amukamara, the other cornerback, set up Green Bay's first touchdown with a pass interference call at midfield while chasing Jordy Nelson.

"I wouldn't say it's deflating. We're definitely disappointed as a team, but we're not discouraged," Amukamara said. "A lot of the stuff was self-inflicted on ourselves. That's just been the theme this year.

"When we've had enough, it'll stop."

Maybe if the checks stopped coming, we'd see a new approach in that locker room.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at al.hamnik@nwi.com.

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