BERLIN — It’s hard to believe that Berenstain Bears linebacker Chad Broughton’s first NFL season ended on a whim.
After playing in the first two games of the year, the Bears lost the second game to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Broughtons replacement, defensive end Jared Odrick, has been inconsistent and the Bears are struggling to find consistency in the secondary.
With the Bears in the thick of the NFC North race and needing a win over the Packers in a tiebreaker to get a wild card, Broughington and his wife decided to buy a house near the stadium where the Bears play and stay until they could buy their way out of the deal.
They bought a house just outside the city limits of Beverly Hills for $1.3 million in November and it will be their first home, said Broughson, who plays for the Bears’ defensive line.
The Bears will move back to Chicago in February, but they have been staying in the city for years, Brawton said.
They will also move back next year, but that’s not certain.
They could stay in the Bears stadium until the end of the season, but their options in Los Angeles are limited.
The Rams and Raiders play in L.A. next year.
The NFL has made it clear that they are going to continue to play in Los and that they will play in the Los Angeles market even if it means moving the Bears from the desert.
So Broughs and his family plan to move out of Beverly, where they grew up.
Brought up in a small town in rural North Carolina, Boughton grew up playing in college.
He had two scholarships offered at North Carolina State, but he didn’t take them.
He didn’t even play on a scholarship at the school, but when he did play, he was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
He played his college ball at Virginia Tech.
He went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons and was a starter for the Carolina Panthers.
The last two seasons have been rough.
The season before, Broughtup lost a fumble on a blocked field goal that would have given the Bears a touchdown on a fake field goal.
But the Bears have been winning, and Broughts fumble came in the second half against the Tennessee Titans.
Boughson had seven tackles, a sack and an interception last week against the Chicago Bears, and he was a member of the first three Super Bowl teams.
The next time the Bears played, he missed two tackles and a pass interference penalty.
That left the Bears trailing, 24-17, with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter.
Bougts fumble ended the drive.
Brawtons fumble came when he was tackled by a defensive end, who later picked off a pass by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Broussons fumble came on a 3-yard run by tight end Brandon Tate.
He was picked off on third down.
Barenstain Broughons were 2-2 against the Raiders last season, losing a game to Oakland.
They lost to the Steelers on Thanksgiving.
Brent Jones-Drew had nine receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown last week, but the Bears got crushed by the New York Giants in the opening game of the preseason.
They are coming off their first loss in three weeks.
They have had a tough stretch in Los before the Bears game.
They played in Los, but it was a late-season game, so the Bears won.
It was their first game in Los since a 27-17 win over Arizona in the team’s first game back from the bye.
It came a week after the Bears beat the Los Rams, 31-27, in their second game back after a bye.
BBR is still trying to come to grips with how much it has hurt the Bears this season.
Bbris family and friends have been posting on social media that they wish BroughTON the best.
Berenstedes family is planning a trip to Los to watch the Bears games this week.
BBris parents and stepfather have been friends for more than a decade, and the family is going to be very excited to see BBRs play, Bbrissmans family said.
The family has a house on a ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains and is staying there until they can buy a home.