Bly Not Worried About Williams Guarantee

Talented wide receiver Roy Williams made headlines this week by offering a guarantee that his Detroit Lions will beat the Bears this Sunday at Soldier Field. Cornerback Dre' Bly doesn't seem overly concerned with the youngster's bravado. Bly talked with the Chicago media via conference call from Halas Hall on Wednesday, and Bear Report was there to hear what he had to say.

Dre' Bly has had a reputation as a high-risk, high-reward cornerback ever since he was a freshman All-American back in his North Carolina days. He and the Lions gave defending NFC champion Seattle all they could handle last Sunday, and much of the credit has to go to new head coach Rod Marinelli and his defensive philosophy. As a matter of fact, Marinelli and Bears head coach Lovie Smith worked together on Tony Dungy's staff in Tampa Bay.

"I played in that system in St. Louis," Dly said of their newly employed cover-two defense. "I feel like I'm a playmaker, which I am. It doesn't matter what system you're in. You still have to come up and tackle regardless of what system you're in. If you're a playmaker, you'll find a way to make plays in any system."

Bly hasn't seen too much of what the Bears did last week in their shutout victory at Green Bay, but for the most part, he doesn't believe there is much of a difference now from what they did in the past.

"We watched a little film this morning, but it's the same Bears offense. They're not going to make a lot of turnovers. (They have a) very controlled offense, but the minute that you sleep on their passing game, they try to hit you deep with Muhsin (Muhammad) and some of the other guys that they have ... Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson, they like to get them their touches, and then in the passing game, they like to get the ball to Moose."

Although Kyle Orton moved the offense pretty well against the Lions last season, Bly knows that the Bears are a different team with Rex Grossman at quarterback.

"Whenever Rex played, they seemed to be a little more on the same page. That was their guy during training camp last year, and the chemistry seemed to be better with Rex at quarterback. That's their guy, so whenever he's in there, they seem to function a little better ... For the most part, we have to hold up versus the run game. That's what we want to do and then force them to throw the football."

Lions wide receiver Roy Williams has been doing his best Rasheed Wallace impression lately, going so far as to guarantee a Detroit win over the Bears at Soldier Field this Sunday. Furthermore, the former Longhorn claimed that he and his offensive mates could have easily hung a 40-spot on the Seahawks last week despite the fact that they were held out of the end zone entirely in a 9-6 home-opening loss. Bly seemed slightly amused by Williams and his comments, but that doesn't mean he's any less confident.

"I'm not going to say anything close to that so I can be misquoted. And I think Roy, he kind of was put out there a little bit. But Roy is not that kind of dude, man ... Every individual is confident, so if you don't think you're going to win, you don't need to be playing this sport. For the most part, it got publicized. It might have been out of context. Hey, we're just going to go out there and play football."

Nevertheless, even Bly hinted that Williams may have given the Bears some additional bulletin board material that they probably didn't need.

"Sometimes guys say some things that they shouldn't," he admitted, "and y'all (the media) make a big deal out of it. But everybody and their mama should be confident about their profession and what they do."

It remains to be seem if Bly - or his mama, for that matter - can turn that confidence into a win over the Bears on Sunday.

JC


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