Post Game Chat: Lovie Smith

Head coach Lovie Smith deserves an awful lot of credit for his team's dominating 2-0 start to the season. Despite endless criticism during training camp that his offense still was not good enough, the Bears are averaging 30 points per game so far while surrending just 3.5 to opponents. Bear Report was there to hear what he had to say after Sunday's blasting of the Lions.

Opening statement to the media:
"This is two weeks in a row for us getting production from all three phases. What more can I say about the game Rex (Grossman) had today? Four touchdown passes, scrambled around and made play after play. The offensive line allowed him to do that. Great production. I don't think they had a sack. Bernard Berrian, Dez Clark, John Gilmore, Moose (Muhsin Muhammad) - Rex spread the ball around quite a bit to our receivers. Just a good job by the offensive side.

"Defensively, good pressure on the quarterback with the sacks. We had good pressure throughout the football game. We were able to get that. And I think our special teams (played well with) what we asked them to do. Big win for us, we realize that. We have two big wins, no more than that and have 14 games to go. We can't wait to go up to Minnesota and play them."

On whether the offense is further along that he thought it would be:
"I think it's safe to say that. We knew we were going to run the football and what we wanted to do with the running game. We wanted to bring our passing game along, and we've been able to do that. Whenever you can spread the ball around that much, you have to like that. It was a great job by the offensive staff and what they were trying to do. We had an excellent game plan in all three phases."

On the early turnover setting the tone of the game:
"It's about takeaways, we say that each week. The first goal we have for our defense each week is to score and get a takeaway. In a game like that, takeaways can determine the winner. So we put a big emphasis on it. But you've got to be able to do it, and our guys know the importance of those."

On the play of starting wide receiver Bernard Berrian:
Bernard isn't the biggest guy around. He had big catches over the middle, especially (that) one. We've talked a lot about our second receivers stepping up, and both times he's stepped up."

On the emergence of the tight ends in the passing game
"We've talked quite a bit about getting the tight end involved. It's our third year in the system, second year in the system offensively, and we're finally finding some ways to get them the ball. I think it helps when you go to a certain guy and he makes plays for you early. And that's what Dez had been able to do, but it's not just him. It's the whole tight end position."

JC


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