They Said It: Bears Players

Regardless of the fact that it was a meaningless exhibition game, the Monsters of the Midway felt good about their comeback win in Houston against the Texans on Saturday night. The starters only played about a quarter or so, but the team's depth was definitely on display. Several Bears players addressed the media after the game, and was there to hear what they had to say.

DE Mark Anderson
On the Bears building on last year's success:
"Last year, we came up short unfortunately and this we're trying to go out there with a bang. We're trying to get to the Super Bowl, and this time we want to win instead of just getting there."

RB Cedric Benson
On how it felt to finally playing a game again:
"It felt good to get out there. I thought we looked good as an offense. We moved the ball up the field in both series we had. We had some good runs and some good passes from Rex [Grossman]. We didn't want to throw too many bullets at him. We stayed a little quiet on offense, but it felt good. I thought we got some things accomplished. It's just starting a process. It was good to get started and get some hits going, get real comfortable out there. For the most part, everybody looked good."

QB Brian Griese
On throwing an interception with his first pass:
"It was one of those classic things were it is not how you start but how you finish. I took my eyes off the coverage for a second. I tried to put it in, but it is a ball I probably shouldn't have thrown. I came back the next series and put some things together, and some guys made some plays."

WR Devin Hester
On if the offense was very basic in terms of scheme:
"Most definitely. We still have a few more games to go. We are still getting used to each other and getting everything clicking. Hopefully in a few more preseason games, we will be clicking where we need to be going into the regular season."

TE Greg Olsen
On if the offense changed at all since training camp:
"We did a little bit. We didn't do it quite as much as we had in camp. We were pretty basic, just trying to get into a rhythm with our base offense. Trying to put our players against theirs and not so much executing."

QB Kyle Orton
On what it felt like to lead the winning drive:
"It was a lot of fun out there. I hadn't been on the field for that type of situation for a long time. Everybody kept their poise out there, and we seriously mentally wanted to come back and win the game. So it was a lot of fun."

OT John Tait
On the offense struggling to run the ball effectively:
"We've got to be able to run the ball. It served us well last year, and it's going to be a big part of our identity and who we are this year. You've got to be able to run the ball in the National Football League, and hopefully we'll be able to do that this year."

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