Locker Room Chat: Bears Players

What is left to say about the 2006 Chicago Bears? After yet another blowout victory on Sunday against Buffalo, the Monsters of the Midway are now 5-0 and winning by an average score of 31-7. Rex Grossman, Alex Brown, Bernard Berrian, Cedric Benson, and Brian Urlacher were talking in the locker room after the game, and Bear Report was there to hear what they had to say.

Quarterback Rex Grossman
On what it was like to play so well against Buffalo:
"Any time you execute like that – offense, defense, special teams – any time you play like that, it's so much fun. All your hard work comes together and everyone playing the way that they're playing, it's fun to see teammates make a bunch of plays. It was a blast out there."

On the effectiveness of the running game:
"The running game set the tone. The offensive line created a bunch of holes, and Thomas Jones made some great runs. We really just pounded them early, and that set up a bunch of play-action and plays in the passing game. They started to bring more guys into the box, leaving Bernard (Berrian) man-to-man, so we came back with a big play there. Coming into the season, this type of game was the blueprint for our team. Run the ball and then throw second."

Defensive end Alex Brown
On his interception in the third quarter:
You try to see plays during meetings. It just felt right. (Willis) McGahee made it look like he was going to block, turned around and (J.P.) Losman had pressure on him, and he overthrew him, and I was right there.

On why he didn't score a touchdown on the play:
I think I got nervous. My legs got heavy. It just didn't work out."

Wide receiver Bernard Berrian
On the early success of the offense this season:
"I think we didn't just go out and make a statement and say that was a goal of ours. I think individuals took it to heart and wanted to prove that within themselves, and that's what we've been able to do this season."

Tailback Cedric Benson
On scoring his first NFL touchdowns:
"Personally, getting the touchdowns is a big thing. I've been looking for touchdowns since I got here, and I finally got it done. It's a big moment. I'll cherish it for the days off we have, but we've got Arizona coming up to get ready for."

On the importance of getting the running game going:
"It was big. We started off kind of slow early in the year. We were rolling, but we haven't been getting it done like we had last season. To finally get it rolling as we did today was big. I am looking for great things next week."

On Thomas Jones embracing him after his first touchdown:
"It was nice. He was in my shoes one day also. He was a young player that got his first touchdown once upon a time. I'm pretty sure he understood the emotions I had at the time."

Linebacker Brian Urlacher
On losing the shutout near the end of the fourth quarter:
"We expect to win every week. When and how we do it is a different story every week. We played well as a team today on offense, defense, and special teams."

On whether the Bears are starting to intimidate their opponents:
"I don't worry about that. People that see us on film will know what we are about. We fly to the football, we run the ball on offense, and we run fast on special teams. Scores don't matter. They can see it on film."

JC


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