He Said It: Lovie Smith

Head Coach Lovie Smith understands that the first preseason game doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but he appeared to be quite happy with what he witnessed on Saturday night. All three quarterbacks threw the ball well, and the defense was dynamite on third down. Smith addressed the media after the game, and BearReport.com was there to hear what he had to say.

On his overall impression of the win:
"Anytime you keep score, you want to win the football game. So we feel good about that. When you go into a game, you want to be able to get out of tough situations. And we were able to get that, needing to score at the end of the football game to win it."

On the strong play of his quarterbacks:
"I'm really pleased with how all three quarterbacks played. Rex [Grossman] I think had a stretch of about seven or eight [completions] in a row, which of course is a good start for him. Brian Griese threw the interception but came back and went 4-for-4 on the touchdown drive. Kyle Orton had a stretch where he completed 12 [straight] passes. You have to feel good about the first time out for our quarterbacks."

On the rest of his team's performance:
"I thought Cedric Benson ran the ball really well. He had three catches, which is good to get him back in the flow. Defensively, I thought our starters came out strong and played well. We were missing a couple of our key players. Our takeaways gave us an opportunity to win the game late."

On rookie tight end Greg Olsen:
"We of course wanted to get him involved quickly, and we were able to do that. I have a feeling he will make a lot of those catches over the course of the year. It's good to get him in his first game, get it out of the way and go from there."

On the relatively poor play of his special teams:
"We had a lot of players on there that normally don't play on special teams. Once we get our core together, we'll be okay."

On if his team sustained any injuries:
"No injuries. That's a big plus. Of course you want to get some good work in and leave with a healthy team, and we were able to do that."

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