Last weekend against the Eagles was a very satisfying game. I know we weren't favored to win, according to most of the national media, so that made it really nice to come out on top.
I personally didn't see anything that was unusual out there. We all had prepared hard, going over the game plan and studying the film. There was no doubt that the Eagles would present a difficult offense for us to defend. They have an extremely mobile quarterback in Michael Vick who can get you if you don't keep an eye on what he's doing.
We felt confident out there. I think that the fact that Vick had his first interception of the season last weekend said a lot. Our emphasis always is on turnovers and takeaways. When that happens, good things tend to result.
It seemed that there was a good balance between our offense and our defense in terms of time on the field. That helps both sides of the ball because one unit never gets over-tired. Our goal was to keep Vick and his receivers on the sideline as much as possible. The 10-minute drive that our offense had in the third quarter helped quite a bit in that regard.
We were all watching intently during that last Eagles drive, the one that ended with the onside kick. The momentum had shifted slightly in their favor when they got that last-minute touchdown, so it was really important for special teams to get that ball before the Eagles could get to it. Johnny Knox made a great play grabbing the ball with about a minute to play. At that point, we felt that we would come out with the win.
I was fortunate enough to grab some extra time on the field last weekend. It's all up to the coaches, of course, as it's part of the general rotation at my position. But any time I get the chance to have some game time, I really appreciate it.
I continue to learn the finer points of the safety position, and, as always, the vets are helping a lot any time I have questions. When I wasn't in, I studied what the guys were doing out there. Chris Harris had some good moves, and of course Danieal Manning is always a force.
Physically, I am feeling really good. All my injuries have been completely healed for quite a while now. I feel very comfortable in terms of my speed and mobility. Mentally, I am taking the view that those kinds of things happen sometimes. You get better, and then you go on from there. If you think too much about getting hurt, then it catches up with you. I'm 100 percent now, and I'm working hard to improve my skills every day.
One question I had earlier this week was whether being in a featured game on national television makes any difference in terms of pressure to perform. I'd say that it definitely does not make any difference at all. As a pro, you go out there every time with the mindset to do well and win. It doesn't matter how many people are watching.
I do find it interesting, however, that the upcoming game against the Patriots in two weeks has also been moved to that late-afternoon time slot. Maybe the national-television people have finally realized that watching the Bears play can be entertaining.
We go to Detroit this weekend for our second game against the Lions. Another question I've been asked is whether or not there is any chance we will overlook or be complacent about this game. Not a chance. Every game is important, and Detroit has some strong weapons. You never know what will happen when you go out to play. Our goal right now is to keep our momentum positive and to keep the wins coming. We are working on the game plan and working out the defense right now.
One thing I've been grateful for is the fact that we've been practicing indoors. Remember, I played college ball in Florida. No wind chill there. I know you are supposed to get accustomed to the weather when you play for a Chicago team, but Wednesday in particular was bad. I didn't see what advantage could possibly come from trying to run plays with frozen fingers and feet. Luckily for us, the coaches saw things that way, as well.
It was so bad outside that the players carpooled from the locker-room area to the practice dome. It's not that that far, but nobody wanted to make the run in shorts and t-shirts. The frightening part to me is that it is only the beginning of December. What happens around here when the snow begins?
It's been an exciting season so far. We have a difficult schedule coming up, but I think the players all feel very confident. We are fortunate that there are no major injuries, so everybody is able to play.
I think what we are being careful about is not looking too far ahead into the future. We are focusing on one game at a time and looking for the best possible result every time we take the field.
Major Wright and other first-year Bears are putting together their Rookie Diary entries with correspondent Beth Gorr throughout the 2010 season exclusively for BearReport.com.
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