BR Rookie Diary: Jordan Mills

Bears rookie offensive tackle Jordan Mills discusses Chicago's second loss to the Detroit Lions this season, a 21-19 defeat at Soldier Field.

"It's been a week of highs and lows. The win in Green Bay was great but obviously, today wasn't nearly as satisfying. It was important to us as a team to come out on top against Detroit. We learned a lot from the last time we faced the Lions. We came close today, but weren't able to get it done in the end. Our job is to get out there and get the win. Not to have that happen is incredibly disappointing.

"Losses are like wins in some ways. You have to take what you can from them, both the positive and the negative. Tomorrow, we'll be back at Halas Hall studying film and getting back on the practice field.

"Detroit brought what we thought they would. We had a few miscues out there and that is why we didn't win.

"Jay stepped in today and did a heck of a job. It's amazing that he was able to come back from his injury that quickly. He stayed in the pocket, made some big-time throws and kept us in the game. You can't ask for more from a player than doing that.

"As a line we could have done a better job. I could have done a better job. I missed some blocks. When you have a quarterback who has been hurt, it's incredibly important to protect him. We needed to hold their defense longer and protect our quarterback better. You've got to keep your signal caller off of the ground. We fell short in that respect today."

Did you notice when Cutler's injury occurred?

"Honestly, I was looking in front of me trying to make those plays and I wasn't aware that he was injured at all. The tempo and rhythm of the plays stayed about the same. I think most of us were somewhat surprised when Josh came in toward the end of the game.

"We are extremely fortunate as a team to have two great quarterbacks. It builds confidence among the offensive players when you know that if one goes down, the other can come in and continue to play at that same high level. They are both excellent leaders for this team. I think that the fact that Jay and Josh are best friends makes a big difference in their effectiveness. They work with each other and make each other better. There's constant communication going on there.

"Jay was a warrior throughout the game. I'm proud of the way Josh came in and threw a touchdown. Each of them gives everything they have to this team. You can't ask more than that from any player. Jay's tough. I don't know much about his injury but I know he'll work hard and be back soon."

What was the most frustrating part of this game?

"I'd say the unsuccessful two-point conversions. That was rough. First we thought we had it, but failed. Then Detroit got the penalty and we had another chance.

"When Forte went down, we know it was over. It's always difficult to lose, but to lose such a close game is particularly hard. It was a battle for four quarters and we were in the position to win at the end. Not getting the points we needed was difficult to accept.

"This is a resilient team and there is plenty of football yet to come. We'll analyze what went wrong and fix it. Dwelling on the negative is not productive. You definitely need to learn from your mistakes but not think about them all the time. That hurts your confidence. We're a unit and we'll be helping each other get through this.

"It means a lot that our coaches have confidence in us. That builds our own confidence in our abilities to make plays. This wasn't a pleasant game but we'll go on from here. The Ravens are coming to Soldier Field next weekend and all our efforts will go into being prepared. I'm expecting a strong game from the Bears."

Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.

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