Locker Room Chat: Bears Players

The Bears were 13.5-point favorites over the lowly Dolphins on Sunday, but it's hard to imagine them playing worse then they did. Miami soundly ended any dreams of an undefeated season with a 31-13 triumph at Soldier Field. Several downtrodden players were talking to reporters in the locker room after the game, and Bear Report was there to hear what they had to say.

Quarterback Rex Grossman
On the Bears' loss to the Dolphins:
"We didn't take advantage of some opportunities, didn't play really well. The Dolphins played extremely well, so it's a combination of them playing really well and us not playing up to our capability. In this league, everyone is good. So if you make mistakes like that, bad things are going to happen."

On some of his mistakes in the passing game:
"There were a couple of times where it was just a bad throw, and then other ones where there was miscommunication a little bit. We'll clean those up and improve on that."

On losing Bernard Berrian to an injury in the first half:
"It hurts anytime a player of his ability is out of the game, but we're a team, and that's no excuse for anything. Obviously, he would have helped because he's a big-play guy. We missed him, but at the same time, we've got other guys who can step up and make plays. And that was the difference in the game - poor execution."

Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye
On the team's first loss of the season:
"It's pretty hard. It doesn't matter who it's against. The first loss is going to be tough. But the positive thing is it's only one out of eight games, so we've got to move on, and hopefully, it doesn't go into next week."

On why Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown was so successful:
"I don't know. We're going to watch the film tomorrow, and whenever anybody runs the ball well, it means we're not getting in our gaps. He was breaking tackles, and he's a hard runner and we did give him his credit before the game. So it's not like we underestimated him. We just probably missed some assignments."

Offensive tackle John Tait
On the play of the team overall:
"Obviously, there were some mistakes out there that really benefited the other team, and they capitalized on those mistakes. We just need to go back and take a look at what everybody did individually and see where we can get better and go back to work."

Tailback Cedric Benson
On playing poorly at home against the Dolphins:
"We can only be mad at ourselves. We can only fault ourselves. I think guys know what they did or didn't do this week that they could have done better. I think guys will be on top of that."

Wide receiver Justin Gage
On how frustrated he is toward the effort:
"I was really frustrated. Starting off the second half turning the ball over, I felt that really hurt our team and set them up for a score. That took a lot out of our team offensively and defensively. I feel like I'm to blame for that."

On the sloppy play of the offense:
"We just couldn't get things going the way we wanted. The play-calling was good. We just couldn't get it executed right."

On the high number of turnovers:
"It's surprising, but when you think about it, any given Sunday, anybody can come out and play their best. This week we didn't play our best. We didn't play Chicago Bear football."

Tailback Thomas Jones
On the Bears beating themselves:
"Yeah, obviously when you have that many turnovers, it's hard to win. The Dolphins played a great game. They had a good game plan on defense, and they were blitzing safeties and linebackers. They were doing a good job of filling their holes. They played well, but at the same time, we killed ourselves with turnovers."

On the difficulties in the running game:
"They played a good game. There were a lot of times where they changed defenses. They have too many guys on one side. It was definitely hard for us to get anything going."

On the possibility of them looking past the Dolphins:
"No, we weren't doing that. They just played a better game than us. We weren't looking past the Dolphins by any means. They have some great players on their team. We respect every team in the NFL. It doesn't matter who you are. You obviously have some very good players on NFL teams. We didn't look past them. They just came in and played a real good game."

JC


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