What a tremendous disappointment to have lost that game. As a football team, you always want to be in control of your own destiny rather than to be at the mercy of someone else. I guess we'll find out eventually whether or not we'll be able to go into the playoffs as a wild card team, but it would have been a lot better to have won Sunday and know for sure that we'd be heading to the post season.
I don't have any easy explanation for what happened. The weather wasn't much of a negative factor, although the field was pretty wet. That is what we check when we're out there warming up. By kickoff, we're pretty certain that we have the correct equipment for the conditions. The temperature dropped considerably during the game, and it's not quite as easy to stay warmed up when that happens. But that's a problem both teams face, so I wouldn't say that was a disadvantage for the Bears.
It's a difficult situation when you start out strong then are not able to carry things to a successful completion. During the first half Sunday, all went pretty smoothly. Adjustments had been made to allow for Cedric Benson's absence, and the ball moved well down the field for us. I thought that Adrian Peterson did a fine job replacing him.
Then things changed as the game progressed into the second half. I don't know whether the Giants were able to read our offense better or if they just stepped up their level of play, but things definitely began to turn around fairly quickly.
We did have a definite edge as far as the score going into the fourth quarter, then it all slipped away. I can't tell you how discouraging and frustrating that is. You're watching bad things unfold on the field, and there's nothing you can do about it.
I think it was a combination of factors, but of course I'll know much more about that once there's been the chance to see the game film. You get a general impression as far as problems during a game, but it isn't until later when you can take things apart play by play that you know exactly where things went wrong.
I thought the O-line did a good job. Rex Grossman seemed to have enough time to get the plays going. But again, that's something I'd have to look at in detail to really answer that question.
We have a very quick turnaround this week with an away game against the Redskins coming up on Thursday night. We were back at Halas Hall first thing Monday to review film and get the game plan in place. This is such a short week that I'm sure the practices we do have will be very intense.
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I don't think the fact that this next game is at night after traveling will have any effect on our playing ability. If anything, I think the Redskins are the ones who will be facing problems readjusting to football after the difficult week they'll be having.
They spent Monday attending the funeral of one of their teammates. I can't even begin to imagine how devastating that must have been. Getting ready again to play football just a few days after that will be tough.
I've been fortunate enough never to have been in that situation, but I think that all of us, even those who didn't know Sean Taylor personally, will take away some lessons from that situation. Never take anything for granted. It's a tough world, and occasionally athletes are going to be targets of some sort or another. You have to be careful because you see the kind of things that can happen.
As far as my role in the upcoming game, I'll just have to wait until to see where the coaches will have me playing. Of course, as a player you always want game time, but you also have to trust that the coaches will use you to the best advantage. I'll do whatever I can to contribute to a Bears win and am happy to play wherever and whenever they tell me to.
From here on through the rest of the season, we're approaching things on a game-by-game basis. Every one is a must win if we are to have any chance of a wild card spot. I'm still very positive, and I think the rest of the team feels this way as well. We will find our mistakes and correct them, then go on from there.
Oh, and one more thing I wanted to mention: I did talk to Cedric the other day. He's had surgery and is now back at home resting. His spirits are good. He's looking forward to getting to the point where he can begin rehab. He's still very positive about a complete recovery in plenty of time for the spring practices. He'd also like to thank the fans for their good wishes. He'll be watching the rest of our games from his couch, and I'm sure we'll be hearing from him soon.
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