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Chase Claypool explains what went wrong with Bears after Dolphins trade – NBC Sports Chicago


The Bears had big plans for Chase Claypool when they acquired the wide receiver at the 2022 NFL trade deadline. Those dreams never came to fruition and the relationship quickly fell apart.

After issues with effort, attitude and buy-in, the Bears cut bait by trading Claypool to the Miami Dolphins last Friday.

On Wednesday in Miami, Claypool spoke to the media for the first time as a Dolphin. The fourth-year receiver pointed to the Bears’ losing streak as the reason he became irritated with the situation.

“I think when you lose a lot of games in a row, naturally there’s frustration,” Claypool said via the Miami Herald. “I think it’s new for everyone. I’m sure of it, from top to bottom. So I think just being excited to get wins and stuff like that. I think it comes naturally. And once you start winning, things obviously start to get less frustrating.

The loss — and Claypool’s inability to channel that frustration in a positive way — was something that Bears tight end Cole Kmet, who is close friends with Claypool, also alluded to when asked why the relationship had evolved.

“I think losing can be hard for guys to deal with,” Kmet said after the Bears’ Week 4 loss. “It’s been difficult for me to deal with, but you have to find ways to get back to work, to clear your mind, every day. It’s difficult – look, I haven’t won a match in almost a year now, and trust. me, i take it home with me, and it hurts, man, it hurts. it’s hard to deal with it, but we all need to be adults about it and be able to move on and trust the process in place. This can be difficult to do sometimes when things aren’t going the way you want them to, and maybe you aren’t achieving your desired goals and winning, all these things add up and you get frustrated, but you have to be a man about it, be an adult and be able to reset your mind every week and just seek to improve yourself individually, every day.

Claypool never won a game as a member of the Bears on the field. The Bears ended their 14-game losing streak last Thursday while Claypool was inactive when healthy. The Bears traded Claypool and a 2025 seventh-round pick to the Dolphins on Friday for a 2025 sixth-round pick.

Clearly, the Bears tried to make things work with Claypool. General manager Ryan Poles, head coach Matt Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy all viewed Claypool, with his size and physicality, as the ideal complement to No. 1 wide receiver DJ Moore.

When healthy early in camp, Claypool looked up to the task. He showed better chemistry with quarterback Justin Fields and was a go-to weapon in third down and red zone situations.

But the Claypool the Bears thought they were getting when they sent the No. 32 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers turned out to be just a theoretical weapon.

Claypool’s season got off to a rough start when he was universally criticized for his poor effort in the Bears’ Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers. This led to a meeting with Eberflus and Poles in which Claypool wanted the expectations and role they envisioned for him clarified.

Claypool’s efforts were better in Week 2, but he expressed his frustrations with the personnel during a media scrum in the week leading up to the Bears’ Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos, saying that he didn’t believe the staff was putting it together. the best place to succeed.

Claypool chose not to offer his opinion when asked how the Bears staff could use him better.

“You know, I’m going to let them decide. I’m not going to give any indication,” Claypool said in his final press session before the Bears sent him home. “It’s up to them and I’ll just do what they tell me to do.”

In his 10 career games with the Bears, Claypool caught just 18 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown.

The Bears were confident they would get the most out of Claypool after an offseason to digest the playbook and build chemistry with Fields. The fact that the wide receiver was also in a contract year was another reason to wait for the best version of Claypool.

For whatever reason, the Bears never got the receiver they envisioned.

Today, both parties are emerging from a failed experiment.

“I really have no regrets about it,” Eberflus said after the Bears traded Claypool. “I just think we took a chance on a guy to bring more skills here and, again, for whatever reason – I’m not going to get into the reasons – it just didn’t work out. let’s hope for the best. best.”

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