Locker Room Chat: Bears Players

The Monsters of the Midway haven't been 4-0 since 1991, so expect a widespread outbreak of Bears Mania to break out all over Chicagoland very soon. The next four opponents are a combined 5-11, and three of those teams must travel to Soldier Field. Several Bears players spoke at length with the media in the locker room after Sunday's game, and Bear Report was there to hear what they had to say.

QB Rex Grossman
On the performance of the offense:
"It was a great team win. We played well in all phases tonight. Speaking from an offensive standpoint, we converted some big third downs early, which got us into a rhythm. We scored a touchdown early, which calmed everyone down and gave us confidence to run the ball. The defense gave us some short fields to work with again, and they didn't allow a touchdown. Any time you get those two things, you are going to win games."

On the success of the running game:
"We have a great running attack. The last couple of weeks, we played some extremely big defensive tackles, which are hard to run against. Our offensive line did a great job of creating lanes, and Thomas Jones had some great cutbacks. The running backs and offensive line just played well tonight."

LB Lance Briggs
On whether or not he's surprised at how well they played:
"We're not surprised. We're just confident in what we can do as a team, so I wouldn't say surprised. We just go out and do what we do. It was a big game on national television, and it felt that way going into it."

DE Mark Anderson
On being a rookie on this defense:
"It's really fun. I'm behind a great group of defensive linemen, and I'm out there learning every play and just trying to get better every snap."

DE Alex Brown
On going up against Seattle offensive tackle Walter Jones
"He's very good, so you just have to keep working and keep working against him. I just came in hoping I was in better shape and could get a break and beat him one or two times. I had him on the corner a few times and had my hands on (Seattle quarterback Matt) Hasselbeck and just barely missed him. But it worked out for us, and we got enough pressure to get him to throw a couple picks early. When they were down and they had to throw it, we knew it, and that's tough because our defensive line is so dangerous. We can get into the backfield."

On whether the Bears could play a more complete game:
"Sure we could. We didn't play a perfect game, and I'm sure we did some things wrong. We played pretty good, but we can play better."

LB Brian Urlacher
On whether this Bears team is the most complete he's seen:
"Definitely. We're 4-0, and it's exciting, but we have to go back to work this week and make sure we have it together for next week's game against Buffalo."

CB Ricky Manning Jr.
On what kind of a statement this win made for the Bears:
"Tonight wasn't just a cruise. We're going to see more tough teams come in here and play hard, just like Seattle. This kind of win just proves that we can go out and win the big game."

On whether the defense still has room for improvement:
"I think this was one of our more complete games. We got pressure on Hasselbeck. We got play from our secondary, plays on special teams, and the offense did what they did."

On what it feels like to be a part of this Bears defense:
"It's great. I have so much fun out there. All week long we have fun, and that makes it real easy to get out here and play our hearts out. It trickles down from the coaches to the players, and we just have fun."


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