Notebook: Bears not interested in Favre

Don't expect the Bears to bring in any washed up veteran quarterbacks in the near future. We also discuss Roy Williams' sticky fingers, safety Major Wright's injury and more.

The Bears are not interested in signing quarterback Brett Favre, according to ESPN. Citing a "high-ranking official," ESPN reported the Bears would pass, after a previous report said Favre would consider coming out of retirement again if they were interested.

Favre was not certain of whether he would return, though, according to the report.

The Bears' reported lack of interest in the 42-year-old quarterback is consistent with what coach Lovie Smith said at his Monday press conference.

Smith said the team would not look for outside help in replacing injured quarterback Jay Cutler.

--The drop came at the worst time, Roy Williams' first chance of the day coming late, when it wouldn't just have given him a reception, but given the Bears a game-tying touchdown.

But Williams bobbled the pass from Caleb Hanie that hit him right in his hands from 13 yards out and instead of erasing a tough day, he cemented it. The ball bounced out of his hands and into the arms of Chiefs safety Jon McGraw, killing the last, strong chance the Bears had to tie a game they would lose 10-3.

"I saw it late," Williams said. "I had it. I thought I had it. And it just came out."

While Hanie drew most of the criticism after losing his second straight start in place of injured quarterback Jay Cutler, Williams acknowledged he could have possibly changed Hanie's fate if he made the catch.

"I'm not Caleb. You've got to ask him," Williams said, when asked about Haine's performance. "I'm just worried about myself. I've got to make my play. The play that he did (make), I've got to be the second part of that and make it, and then he's the hero of the day."

Williams said his confidence remains "sky-high" though there have been plenty of reasons for it to fall this season. He's fourth on the team with 24 receptions for 335 yards, despite beginning the year as a starter.

Of his mostly inactive game, punctuated by his drop Sunday, Williams said, "I was waiting on the ball in the first, second and third quarter. I'm just waiting. Things like that (drop) are going to happen. You hope it doesn't happen at critical times. But I'll be ready to go next week. There's no drop in my confidence. I'm not losing it or nothing like that."

--The Bears defense did its part to earn a win Sunday, but was not helped by the offense in the 10-3 loss to Kansas City. Chicago allowed a season-low 252 total yards, but that still wasn't enough because of the offense's struggles.

Still, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher absorbed the heat as much as he could.

"We didn't make enough plays on defense," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "They made a couple big plays there in the second half. Obviously we wanted to (make a play) at the end of the first half, and (the first possession) in the second half. We just didn't get takeaways. If we don't get takeaways on defense, we're not going to win many games."

Granted, the defense could have helped its struggling offense more as it managed just one takeaway for the second straight game -- and loss.

The Bears had managed nine in their last two games before that.

--With strong safety Major Wright out in the second half due to a shoulder injury, the Bears opted to play Craig Steltz in his spot, despite the fact Brandon Meriweather had shared time there with Wright. Steltz made the move look good, notching a game-high 10 tackles and forcing a fumble.

"You have to prepare every week like you're the starter," Steltz said, "and today I had an opportunity."

Wright didn't go out before doing some damage of his own. He forced an incompletion and knocked Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton out of the game with a finger injury in the second quarter.


--QB Caleb Hanie has thrown six interceptions with just two touchdown passes and a 48.3 completion percentage in his two starts. That equals a 40.8 passer rating, but it appears the Bears will stay with him, at least for the near future. Hanie has also been sacked 11 times.

--RB Matt Forte is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

--RB Marion Barber will be the main man to replace injured RB Matt Forte's absence, and the Bears had been slightly increasing Barber's role recently. In three of the past four games, he had double-digit carries, totaling 44 attempts for 159 yards.

--RB Kahlil Bell will work into the mix with RB Marion Barber with Matt Forte out. Bell saw his first action since Week 2 last Sunday. He rushed four times for 34 yards, including a 26-yard run.

--TE Kellen Davis caught two passes for a career-best 40 receiving yards Sunday. He also leads the team with four TD receptions and is averaging 12.5 yards on 14 receptions.

--WR Devin Hester had three catches for 35 yards in his first significant playing time on offense in five games. He had caught just one pass for 12 yards in the previous four games.

--WR Roy Williams was shut out for the second time in four games. In the two weeks between those games, he had eight receptions for 99 yards.

--WR Johnny Knox led the team with five catches and 53 yards Sunday, giving him 12 catches for 295 yards in his last three games.

--WR Earl Bennett had caught 14 passes for 251 yards in his last three games with Jay Cutler at quarterback. He had one catch for five yards for the second straight week with Caleb Hanie replacing Cutler.

--DE Julius Peppers played an excellent gave overall, despite failing to get a sack vs. the Chiefs. He had a pass breakup and a tackle for loss.

--SS Craig Steltz had a team-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble after coming in for injured SS Major Wright.

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