Thursday from the Bears Hotel

Thursday was the last day Bears players had any responsibilities with the media, and they could not have been happier about it. Every conceivable question has been asked and answered already, so Lovie Smith's crew is quite eager to get this show on the road. The entire Bears roster was available at the team hotel Thursday morning, and Bear Report was there to hear what they had to say.

LB Brian Urlacher
On the tradition of playing middle linebacker in Chicago:
"I didn't really know much about the linebacker tradition until I got there. I knew about Walter Payton growing up in New Mesico. When I got there, I learned real quick that it was a big deal. That's all the media wants to talk about in Chicago, and why shouldn't they? Two of the best middle linebackers of all time. It's been a huge honor to play the same position as them, but the comparison is really not fair yet. I've played seven years. I know I can get better, so it's definitely an honor and a great tradition, but I have a long way to go I think."

CB Ricky Manning Jr.
On whether the Bears need to be extra physical with Indy's receivers:
"We were just talking about putting pressure on Peyton Manning, but we alo have to put pressure on the receivers. We have to jam them up and take them off their timing and mess up their routes."

S Chris Harris
On whether or not Prince, the halftime entertainment, could play in the NFL:
"I think he's 5'2" or 5'3". I could see him passing out the water maybe."

WR Bernard Berrian
On how the team has been breaking the huddle since training camp:
"Either 'Champs' or 'Super Bowl Champs' or 'World Champs.' That's just to get everyone in the mindframe that that's where we want to go. That's what we want to win."

TE Desmond Clark
On the message the offense has been getting from Ron Turner this week:
"Do what we do. That's his thing. He said that when we first came in. We're going to do what we do better than what they do. Yesterday, that was on the screen: 'Do what we do better.' So if he is going to say anything, that's what he would say."

CB Devin Hester
On whether it is finally starting to feel like a normal week:
"It's starting to get back to the old feeling of the regular routine. We're doing the basic things that need to be done to execute and get all our assignments down right now and prepare for the game."

RB Thomas Jones
On the relationship he shares with his many siblings:
"We have a great relationship. I have five sisters, so there are a lot of women I have to deal with. My mom, too. I have to be on my toes at all times. I went home last night real quick just to say hello to everyone, and it was like a circus. My sisters all have totally different personalities. There's never a dull moment.

OT John Tait
On the orange hats all the offensive lineman have been wearing:
"Free hat. You can't beat a free hat. We're all enjoying the free gear together."

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DE Alex Brown
On how he can tell when head coach Lovie Smith is unhappy:
"I don't know. You know, it doesn't take somebody to yell and scream for you to know that they're not happy with you. Coach Smith, he comes in, and he's really serious. He'll give you a grin. No, he's not going to give you a grin[if he's unhappy]. He's not going to give you a big smile, but if he gives you a little grin, then you're alright. If you don't get a grin, you probably did something wrong."

LB Lance Briggs
On the Bears dictating the opposing offense and what they can do:
"We are going to continue to do the same thing. Defensively, we feel like we are either our best friend or our worst enemy. We want to set the tone in the beginning of the game."

WR Mark Bradley
On whether he has been enjoying the festivities in Miami:
"This week for me has been laid back. Like I said, I told everybody I was going to be able to play this game. My fun time has been minimized a lot. I've been in the treatment room and getting ice. All the different things to prepare myself. I'm trying to put myself in the best situation to perform Sunday. My fun has been minimized."

DE Adewale Ogunleye
On spending time with his former Miami Dolphins teammates:
"Hopefully we will win on Sunday, and then I plan to call some of those guys and rub it in a little bit. I've promised myself that I will try to contact some of the guys after the game."

WR Muhsin Muhammad
On what his emotions will be like before the game on Sunday:
"This is the main platform of professional football. We are in the enterainment business. I think that every player that plays this game wants to be in this type of situation where the whole world can watch him play and perform. It's an awesome feeling, and I am excited about it."

DT Tank Johnson
On his relationship with Ron Rivera and how he interacts with the defense:
"Ron Rivera is a great coach. He's great with the players. I know for a fact that he would be a great head coach in this league because he does so many things that are intangible for coaches like him. He knows his stuff, and he is very proud of what he does."

CB Nathan Vasher
On whether or not he's been able to have any fun this week:
"I've been able to take in some of the sights. Devin Hester and some of the other guys. We went jet skiing the other day. We've been able to have a little down time, but we know this is a business trip."

QB Rex Grossman
On what kind of role playing football had on his family growing up:
"In the fall, our weekends definitely revolved around football. Everyone in the family loves it. My sisters enjoy watching it. It's just a great sport in that August through the Super Bowl, you're always watching football, doing something or throwing the ball in the yard or something like that. It played a big part of my life growing up. It just seemed natural."

JC


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