Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is a humble person by nature. So it wasn't surprising that, after breaking the Bears' franchise record with 218 receiving yards this afternoon, his focus was on the team's 26-18 loss.
"My main concern is not what I did but about what the team did," Jeffery said after the game. "We didn't get the win so that's what I focus on."
Jeffery's 218 yards break a record set Oct. 31, 1954, when Harlon Hill racked up 214 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. Jeffery caught 10 passes on 13 targets, including catches of 58 and 31 yards, as well as a 3-yard TD in the second quarter.
The big day was due in large part to the Saints using bracket coverage, with a cornerback underneath and a safety over the top, on Brandon Marshall for most of the contest.
"We just run our offense based off coverages and we felt that they were bracketing Brandon so it's the next man up," said Jeffery. "Either it was me, Marty [Bennett] or Earl [Bennett], whoever is in there, you've got to step up."
Jeffery took advantage of his opportunity, beating Saints defenders all afternoon on both intermediate and deep patterns.
"He did a great job today," Jay Cutler said. "We moved the guys around a lot today. He just happened to be in a position to catch some balls. That last long one, he's not usually there. He's usually on the other side. It's usually Brandon and Earl. Pieces just kind of fell that way for him. He's making some big plays for us whenever his number gets called."
It's the second week in a row Jeffery has led the team in receiving yards, after a five-catch, 107-yard performance against the Detroit Lions. For the season, he has 28 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
But again, it's not about him, it's about the team.
"What I did out there, I'm more concerned about the W, not about what I did," Jeffery said. "It's a team thing. It took 11 guys to get [218 yards]."
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.