Wolfe Rookie Diary: 21st Entry

In this installment of his Rookie Diary, running back Garrett Wolfe writes about the deafening crowd noise inside the Metrodome, the neverending youth of Brett Favre, and finishing strong these last two games despite such a disappointing 2007 season for the Chicago Bears.

Well, we're back in Chicago and heading into our last two games of the season. It was disappointing not to have won in Minneapolis. But it's one of those things that you can't do much about right now. You just have to live with the results.

I thought my performance was adequate, but there were many things that I could have done better. I hope to improve my execution against the Packers this Sunday. It's hard to pick any one thing that I didn't feel I executed well enough, but I'm sure that when I watch the film certain plays will pop out. I'll notice where I was able to do what I'd intended to, and where I just fell short.

My goal overall as a player is to always be learning and always be improving. I guess I'm never satisfied with my production and feel I can be better. That's what I've been concentrating on so far this year and definitely what I'll be working on next season.

The Metrodome was a very difficult place to play. The noise level is incredible, and a Monday night game probably made it that much more intense. As a professional you learn to block a lot of that out and keep your concentration, but it does make communication out on the field pretty difficult. I'm not offering that as an excuse, just as an observation.

I've been asked if I felt additional pressure when I got the ball when we were backed up on the 3-yard line. My answer would be no, not really. Every play has its own kind of expectations and pressures. It was just the kind of a situation where you have to be absolutely certain as far as ball security.

The Vikings had a fast defense, and they were tough. I seemed to have the most success when I tucked right behind one of our linemen. That way I'd be beyond the line before anybody noticed me. That's what we used to do in college, and it always seemed to go pretty well.

It was frustrating as the game went on, and we couldn't get the plays we needed. You know what you want to have happen, but it doesn't go that way. I guess the best thing is to try to put things in a positive perspective. Although the experiences in one game won't necessarily translate into something you can use in the next game, we are all trying to learn from our mistakes. That's the way you improve as a player and as a team.


RB Garrett Wolfe
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We'll be taking these last two games one at a time and trying to end this year well. For me, any time I get the opportunity to be out there, I'm happy. I love this game, and I'm glad to have the chance to participate at this level. Every player wants to win, that's a given. But if something goes wrong and that doesn't happen, you have to take away whatever positive you can from the experience.

There's a big game against our rivals this weekend. Anybody who has watched Green Bay this year knows how good they can be. We'll be analyzing their defense all week and figuring out ways to get around it.

Although we played the Packers earlier this year, that doesn't really help much in going against them again because every game is unique. There are tendencies that will repeat themselves, but other than that you're starting all over again.

Brett Favre is amazing. He plays as if he's 20 years old. Getting that kind of production at this point in his career is impressive. But what we hope to do is to shut him down and get some points of our own.

It's good to be back playing at our home field after being on the road for a while. We're anticipating that our fans will really get into this game. That makes it fun, and the more noise they make, the better it is for us.

Garrett Wolfe writes his Rookie Diary with longtime correspondent Beth Gorr every week exclusively for BearReport.com.


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