They Said It: Bears Postgame

The Chicago Bears had nothing left to play for this season, but sweeping the Green Bay Packers is still something to hang their collective hat on for 2007. Head coach Lovie Smith and several players addressed the media after the game, and Bear Report was there to hear what they had to say.

Head coach Lovie Smith
On playing well defensively even though four starters were inactive:
"It says a lot to do that. If you look at their record and what they've been able to do against everyone, guys are looking for a chance to play. Jamar Williams and Trumaine McBride, who is playing quite a bit anyway. Alex Brown getting his first start in a while. Big interception, sack, playing good ball throughout. The young defensive linemen we brought in last week contributed again. The defense has taken a lot of shots with our play that we've had this year. I thought last week we took a step even though they had a few yards against us, and I really felt this week we took another."

On having a disappointing season but still sweeping Green Bay:
"We talked about three goals. Our ultimate goal is to win the world championship, but to win the world championship, normally you have to win the division. Beating your rival is big, too. We're disappointed in our season. We played the Packers today, and we couldn't do a lot about that. The only thing we could do was get a win against them and have an opportunity to sweep them, which is saying a lot. And it's good for our team to see that we can still play a little bit of football and see the type of team we can be to take care of some things."

On if he gets extra satisfaction winning with the running game and takeaways:
"Definitely so. That's what we are as a team. The weather of course was a factor, but we're set up to play through conditions like this. It's good to see us where we can run the football and not turn the ball over at all. That was big, of course. We've done a pretty good job of that lately. Then the defense closed out the win."

On if beating the Packers will take the wind out of their sails in the playoffs:
"They're a good football team. You just look at how they've won. They've beaten a lot of good teams, and they have as good as chance as anyone to make a run at the playoffs."

QB Kyle Orton
His initial thoughts after beating Green Bay in the tough conditions:
"This was certainly a big win. It was cold. But I have the beard, so it helped keep me warm. We wanted to get off running the football and control the clock. I think our first drive took ten minutes long, and that really set the tempo and got us off to a good start."

On the team's mentality going into the final two games of the season:
"You never know how you're going to react. Obviously we're out of the playoff hunt, and to show-up and play well shows a lot of character to be able to show up and play hard and beat a good playoff team like the Packers."

WR Bernard Berrian
On the overall play of the offense Sunday against Green Bay:
"We were finally able to do what we needed to do, which was move the ball on offense [and] put some points up. We did it in an effective way. We took a lot of time that first drive. That's, I think, what really got the game going. We took a lot of time off the clock, the defense made a lot of plays and we made some plays on special teams."

TE Greg Olsen
On the team's dominating performance on both sides of the ball:
"We played well. It's kind of a relief to play a game like this together and win by a wide margin. We played well enough in each phase of the game. It really was a pretty good performance."

On why it took until the 15th game of the season to have such a performance:
"All year we haven't capitalized, and we haven't done the things that we did today. And that's huge. It just shows you the capability that we have when we are able to put it all together at the right time. We just need to do it more often."

CB Charles Tillman
On yet another great day for the special teams and contributing to that:
"Special teams was good today. Coach [Dave] Toub and the players did a great job of executing the calls that we had out there. … I am glad I was able to help end the drought that they had [of not having a blocked punt against them in 12 years]."

On playing so well despite being out of the playoff picture in the NFC:
"I think it can be hard to play this game when you aren't playing for a playoff spot or for the Super Bowl. But at the same time, with that being said, every man on this team has pride and doesn't want to be remembered as ‘Oh, the Bears are soft.' No one wants to be remembered as a soft player or that we didn't play hard."

DE Alex Brown
On the team playing so well despite the wintry conditions:
"We played good out there today. It was cold, but we had fun. That's what it's all about. We made plays. I don't think they played their best. I think it was a little bit of what we did and a little of what they did."

On his interception of Brett Favre early in the third quarter:
"To get it against someone who could go down as the best quarterback in NFL history, that's pretty good. That's pretty exciting."

On whether this is the coldest he's ever been playing in a football game:
"We have played in colder. I believe the Atlanta game in `05 and the Houston game in `04 it was colder, but it was still pretty cold. When the wind blew, it felt like someone was jabbing you in the side. It was pretty bad, but when you are winning and when you win, it's not as cold. It's still cold, but not as cold."

CB Corey Graham
On what was going through his head scoring a touchdown off a blocked punt:
"Scoop it, don't bobble it and make sure that I can make the play. I don't know how much time I had. I just wanted to make sure that I could pick it up clean and just go for the end zone. No one was yelling at me, so that's when I figured out that no one was probably close to me."

On being the first team to block a Green Bay punt in 12 years:
"I didn't know that they haven't had a punt blocked in 12 years. I knew that this year they had some close calls, but that no one was able to block one. It's just nice to go out there and make some big plays."

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