Stewart Says

<!--Default NodeId For Kordell Stewart is 664678,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:664678]>Kordell Stewart</A>, who was benched for the upcoming game against the <!--Default NodeId For Seattle Seahawks is 107,2003--><A HREF=>Seattle Seahawks</A> in favor of veteran quarterback <!--Default NodeId For Chris Chandler is 722135,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722135]>Chris Chandler</A>, addresses his current situation:

BR- So, what happened? Is this due to an injury you suffered last weekend against the Saints?

KS: Well, yes and no. I hurt my leg when we played against Oakland. Although it seemed fine at the time, it has been bothering me some recently. I took some hard hits again last Sunday against New Orleans. I probably fell on it wrong and irritated the same spot. I felt able to finish the game, but later that night my whole left leg got swollen.

BR: Coach Jauron was just speaking to the media about the necessity of putting Chris Chandler in for the Seattle game. What are your thoughts on this?

KS: Well, I'm never happy not to have the opportunity to be out there on the field. My hope has been that this would resolve itself enough before game time and I would get the chance to be in there. That's not to say, however, that I don't have complete confidence in Chris. I definitely think very highly of him and his abilities. He is an excellent player who has a lot of experience in the NFL.

BR: When did the team find out that you wouldn't be starting?

KS: Just today, after practice.

BR: No details have been released about your injury except that it is a swollen left leg. Is it a thigh bruise or something in your knee?

KS: I'm not prepared to give any further details at this point. By now, some players would have gotten an MRI. That's just not the way I handle things. I don't think it's anywhere near that bad and I'm not at all worried about it. My plan is to rest as much as I can and hope that things will settle down sooner rather than later. I plan to be on the team plane to Seattle this weekend.

BR: There has been quite a lot said about you recently on sports radio and in the papers that hasn't been particularly complimentary. Does that bother you, or do you pay any attention to it at all?

KS: I've been in the NFL for a long time now. Believe me, I've heard and read a lot of things about myself in that time. Some of it has been very good, some of it not so good.

I think that most players, myself included, try not to take whatever is written or said too seriously, but you can't help but be bothered by it occasionally. My general policy is to go on about my business after a game. It's over and it's time to move on the next week. Basically, it's an internal process. I know how I have performed. I'm either satisfied with that or I think about what I can do to be better.

I give my best effort in every game. I feel that I do a good job and that I work well with this offense. I have confidence in the other players and I feel that they have confidence in me. If somebody outside of the Bears doesn't agree with something that I did, then that's his problem and not mine. I go in and do my job, then keep as much of the negative stuff out of my mind as possible.

BR: Do you feel that the media often exaggerates this type of thing?

KS: Definitely. I've always felt that you guys will do just about anything to get a story. You'll say anything, whether it is the truth or not. If there is a way to create a stir, that's what the media tends to dwell on. Controversy always sells.

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