It was exciting to get the opportunity to go out there last week. I was very disappointed by the outcome of the game, of course, but we'll have another chance this coming weekend.
I wasn't at all nervous before the game in Washington. If anything, I think it may be more difficult to stand on the sideline wishing that you were in than actually playing in the game. At least you feel that there is the chance to control your own destiny when you are in.
I felt that I did alright. There is plenty of room for improvement, but that should come with time. The week leading up to a game is different when you know that you'll be in. Each rep has more significance. Also you want to be absolutely certain that you are comfortable with the game plan.
Having a back like Adrian Peterson in there for us takes the pressure off of me. Adrian is an every-down guy who is always giving everything that he has. I definitely feel that I can make a positive contribution, though, and if I continue to improve my role may develop over time. The coaches need to see what I can do out there in more of a regular situation.
I've been asked what I think I can bring to this team. My answer would be speed and strength. Obviously I'm not bringing a lot of size, but that's not news. It's something I've learned to work with all of my life. I compensate by working on the things I am good at.
If you look at the whole of the NFL, you will find backs that are very successful even though they are not particularly large men. Perhaps being smaller makes it easier to slip by some of the less-mobile defenders. Also, sometimes the smaller players tend to be more agile. We can slip through openings that a larger person might not be able to utilize. That's my theory anyway.
RB Garrett Wolfe
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In college I felt good about my blocking ability, and that continues today. I think I can get in there, and the other guy might not see me coming. I can have him down before he's aware of the situation. I also feel that I am a hard worker who will accept whatever role is assigned. I want to succeed, and I'll put in the time to reach that goal.
I put any success I've had with the Bears so far to the offensive line. I can't say enough about those guys. Without their skills, there's no way I could get the yards. I want to be sure that people understand just how much they do for all of us.
The change at quarterback shouldn't make too much difference. It's been a pretty fluid offense anyway this season, with players getting hurt and others rotating in and out. As long as we all work well together, I don't think a change like that will make much of a difference other than Kyle Orton getting the snaps during practice this week.
Having the opportunity to play on a Monday night is a very thrilling prospect for me. I remember so many years when I was a kid playing football that I'd sit and watch those games. It's a national telecast. All of your friends and family will be tuning in, and that's great. It puts a little extra pressure on – I suppose – to do well, but since I haven't actually been in a Monday Night game, it's hard to know for sure.
I'm not too concerned about the noise level at the Metrodome. I can't believe that it could be any worse than some of the games we've already been through. Oakland and Seattle were loud. This might be as bad but probably no worse in terms of noise level. We make plans to allow for that in practice, so it shouldn't be a big deal.
Mathematically it looks as if we won't be going to the playoffs, but you never know for sure until the end. I think we all want to win this one and move in a positive direction as the season winds down. It's a matter of personal and team pride.
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