CHICAGO BEARS COACH LOVIE SMITH
(opening statement) “We knew coming in we were playing a good football team on the road and you know, we have a formula that we use to get a win and today we just didn’t follow through. Part of the formula is, of course, taking the ball away and we weren’t able to do that enough times and for them there were a couple of critical moments. The big third down touchdown pass that we gave them, got ourselves in a position that we want to be in, normally, third and long, where we can do what we like to do in that situation, didn’t make the play. We got ourselves back in position, 16-13 or 13-16 and that turnover really hurt us there. You can’t make those kinds of mistakes against a good football team.
“Injury wise, we lost a couple guys. Losing Lance Louis last week and Gabe Carimi going down put us in the whole a little bit, but you know it gave other guys an opportunity. Major Wright went out with a head injury and Earl Bennett with a knee injury. We’re starting to get a few injuries, but we’re feeling good about the 53 man roster so other guys will get an opportunity, but today give them the credit. They played better than we did, made critical plays where we didn’t.
Like last week we talked about all the things we did well. This was just a team loss. It only counts for one game. We’re one and one right now with another big one coming up this week.
(on how Saints were able to get Bears out of sync offensively) “A lot of different ways. You know, they played better than we did, they got pressure on the quarterback. I mean, you can’t answer that in a couple of words. I mean they made plays in critical situations. Again, it was a 16-13 game so I can’t say that’s when it got a little out of hand for us.”
(on Matt Forte and if his tremendous success is surprising) “It isn’t a surprise to me. He’s a good football player. Anything you ask a good running back to do, he can. Anything you ask a great running back to do, he can. Talk about catching the ball out of the backfield. That was a big weapon for us today. Whether it was on screen passes or check downs and running in the open field too. You can say that he did about what he needs to do for us to win a football game.
(on number of sacks in the second half and their possible relation to missed assignments) “I can’t say missed assignments. Some of them were, but when you have that many sacks it’s a combination of some maybe assignments and some of them just winning. I give them a lot of the credit. Most of it was that.”
(on whether Jay Cutler can sustain all of the contact/sacks throughout the season) “Well we hope he doesn’t have to throughout the season. Jay and the rest of our team didn’t play well today. There are a lot of things that happened that we can’t let continue throughout the season, but we won’t. We’ll go back to work. One and one, early in the season still. We’ll correct these things and get ready to play next week.
(on Matt Forte having nine catches more than the next Bears receiver) “That tells me he played a lot better than everybody else. I’m not trying to run away from your question, but that’s pretty much what it is. Can’t give you any magical answers today. When Matt has more he played better than the rest of the guys did. We did not play well enough. That’s the simple answer to everything. I can’t tell you why. We would have changed a lot of that out there if we had known the reason why. So we’ll go back. It’s not doomed for us right now. It’s one loss. We’ll get better.
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CHICAGO BEARS PLAYERS
RB #22 MATT FORTE
“It was a lot of fun to return here and play again. The atmosphere out there was kind of like when we (Tulane) played against LSU. It was real loud, but the ‘Dome is always loud. But it was real fun to play in front of family and friends.
“On a lot of the passes I caught, I wasn’t the primary receiver on most of them. But I did make the best of what was in front of me after catching the ball, and I was able to pick up some yards throughout the game. Most of the times when they (Saints) were blitzing, I wasn’t the primary receiver. But Jay found me a lot for dump-off passes and that resulted in a lot of opportunities for me.”
QB #6 JAY CUTLER
“It was a long day out there. I don’t know how many sacks I took, but I had to throw a lot of balls away before I wanted to.”
“The Saints were the better team today. They rushed me hard and forced our offense to do things we didn’t want to. All we can do now is regroup and get ready for next week when we face another tough opponent in Green Bay.”
DE #90 JULIUS PEPPERS
“Hey, last week we won and this week we lost. Remember it’s very early in the regular season. We have to learn what went wrong today, study the film and get ready again for next week.
“I’ve played in this building (Superdome) many times, and it’s always loud. But this place isn’t any different than other places on the road in the NFL. It’s always tough to play on the road. But give the Saints credit – they had a good game plan for us today and they deserved to win the game.”
LB #54 BRIAN URLACHER
“Don’t get me wrong, this was a real tough game to play today. But I went out there and gave it my all.
“Playing against him (Brees) is always a tough thing. You have to be on your toes at all times because that’s a high powered offense we were playing against. We were on a real high last week after winning against Atlanta. We don’t have the same feeling now. We gave up a big touchdown play early and that never helps.”