The Chicago Bears were not pleased with referee Scott Novak’s crew during and after their 17-9 loss to the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, a game in which the Bears racked up five personal fouls out of nine total penalties, including a rare flag against coach Matt Nagy for arguing a call at Soldier Field. “These refs seem like they’re controlling the game a little too much. So, when a play is clean and they’re throwing a flag for something that they thought they could change a game [with] just by one flag … let guys play ball. If this was a couple years ago, half of this stuff wouldn’t even be called. But now, they got so many of these stupid rules, they dang near in a ref’s hands [and] could change the game in any given moment.
“I think they need to go check the refs they hire and not our coach. “
Zimmer said overall he thought his team did a good job of keeping its composure in what was a chippy game against a division rival. We just play our own game, mind our own business, keep playing football.