A bad day only got worse for Jonathan Quinn as he ambled slowly off Soldier Field and into the tunnel in the northwest corner after Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Washington Redskins.
An angry group of fans unleashed a chorus of boos and leaned over the railing to let Quinn know whom they held most responsible for the Bears' third straight defeat.
"Go back to Kansas City," one man shouted to Quinn.
"You stink, Quinn," a young boy yelled.
The beleaguered Bears quarterback was in no mood, or position, to argue.
"They're frustrated, I'm frustrated, everybody's frustrated," Quinn said. "They have reason to be unhappy."
Quinn meant the fans, but he could have been referring to his teammates.
More than during the previous game against the Eagles, several Bears players demonstrably showed disgust toward Quinn.
After one overthrown pass, wide receiver David Terrell waved his hands in irritation. At the end of the game, teammates tried settling Terrell down after he was seen expressing his agitation in Quinn's direction as he stomped on the sidelines.
Wide receiver Bobby Wade reacted with similar annoyance earlier after Quinn underthrew him.
When Quinn took a second straight sack on the final drive of the game after the Bears had 1 minute 28 seconds to get into field-goal range, right guard Mike Gandy looked at the quarterback and made a motion as if to say, "Throw the ball!"
"I shouldn't have taken those sacks," Quinn said. "It's on me to throw it up there or throw it away. [But] I don't think you should ever be embarrassed when you give everything you got."
Now coach Lovie Smith must decide if Quinn's best effort truly gives the Bears their best chance to win.
Surprisingly for a coach who two weeks ago sounded ready to lend unconditional support to Quinn, Smith left open the possibility of inserting rookie Craig Krenzel or newcomer Chad Hutchinson.
But the coaching staff still has reservations about Krenzel, and the Bears were the only team to call Hutchinson three weeks ago when he was heading out to surf in San Diego, so how good can he be?
"We will look at all areas," Smith said, opening the door. "We have to get a profit at the quarterback position, and we didn't get that."
In numbers reminiscent of the Cade McNown era, Quinn completed 10 of 22 passes for 65 yards with an interception. The extra practice time with the week off that was supposed to ease Quinn's burden didn't help. He missed high and low on throws and spent too much time locking in on receivers.
Redskins 13, Bears 10