Player Diary

I'm back again, talking about another loss. This wasn't the way I had wanted to start the week. I think that as a team, we really had our hopes up as far as pulling an upset against <!--Default NodeId For Green Bay is 114,2005--><A HREF=>Green Bay</A>. It gets discouraging.

You go to the other team's stadium. You pretty much know what to expect as far as their plays are concerned, you make things work for most of the first half, and then everything falls apart. Why? I just don't know.

It's been said over and over this season that to win, you need the big plays and you must play every second of a 60-minute game. If you aren't paying attention at any time, you can get burned. Maybe that's what happened to us this past weekend. We did get some big plays early. Green Bay got the big plays later, and they got more of them.

Favre is a great quarterback. That goes without saying. But we should have been able to read him and to stop his receivers much better than we did. Yes, there were more injuries to our defensive line, but that's no excuse. If you play backup in the NFL there is an understanding that when your time comes to make a big play, you go in there and execute. That's probably the most frustrating part of this entire experience in terms of understanding what needs to be done but not doing it.

I wasn't satisfied with my play. It wasn't any one thing that I wasn't doing right. It was everything. Something like this just shows me that I have so much more to learn before I can become a force on this team. I wasn't reading the plays as well as I should have. I didn't get Favre off of his rhythm. He looked very comfortable out there on the field.

When that happens, your players tend to lose confidence. That's the one thing I noticed as far as a major difference between the Green Bay players and the Bears. Green Bay seems to find a way to win more often than not. Yes, they lost a few in a row recently, but they are able to come back strong and go out to win again.

The Bears, on the other hand, are beginning to expect things to go wrong one way or another. It's pretty hard to come out on top if you have those thoughts. Nobody is blaming anybody about this. We are still very much together as a team. We are just as hungry for a win, but it isn't happening. We need to find a way to turn this thing around and to salvage what is left of the season.

We have another tough game coming up this week at Miami. Everybody here is working hard so that we can come down there just as strong as possible. There's nothing that we'd rather do than to put the Dolphins away. I think this is particularly true for those players who are from Florida or who have played there in college or the pros. Your family and your friends are going to be in the stands. That's when you're going to want to shine.

Our game plan for Miami is pretty much what we have stuck to all season-blitzing and making some hard tackles. We want to shut down their offense as much as possible as quickly in the game as possible. There are new players shifted into the front lines due to injuries. We need to be sure that we are all on the same page and that our communication between ourselves is good. That's one of the things that we are working on right now.

Where do we go from here? I'd say that at this point, we are playing for pride. Nobody ever wants to lose. We want to get the best possible results for the rest of this season so we can start next year confident and strong.

I hope to use the skills that I am learning and to improve on them. I know that I can do more to be a better player and I think that most of the members of this team feel the same way about themselves. We aren't giving up. We are working together as a team. Now we need to start getting some positive results.

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