Third string quarterback <!--Default NodeId For Henry Burris is 292189,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292189]>Henry Burris</A> saw sporadic action during Monday night's game against <!--Default NodeId For Miami is 92,2005--><A HREF=http://dolphins.TheInsiders.com>Miami.</A> He completed the game as the Bears top rusher, carrying the ball for 52 yards including a team leading 17 yard run.

Rotating in the lineup with veteran players Jim Miller and Chris Chandler Burris appeared on the field during all but the third quarter.

Burris completed one of three passes for six yards and a score, making this his second consecutive week with a TD pass.

"Being a third string quarterback is a job with definite parameters," Burris said. " I always need to be ready to come in, but I can't count on having that opportunity. What I am trying to do is to get as much time on the field during practice as possible. It helps me to learn the offense and to settle down in game situations. "

Although Burris came to the Bears with considerable experience in the CFL, he is well aware of the steep learning curve for newcomers in the National Football League.

"There's a lot going on in this position. You have to step in and be the team leader. That's a tremendous responsibility and a lot of pressure for any player. Jim and Chris have been extremely helpful. I respect both of them. They are tough competitors. If they get hurt, they stay in the game, doing everything that they can to help this team win. That's the way I want to play. I want the team to understand that no matter what might happen to me during the course of the game, I'm going to stay in there and do everything I can to get a victory."

As a player in Canada, Burris took every opportunity to watch NFL players whose teams were featured during televised games. He quickly became an admirer of Chris Chandler's and the Atlanta Falcons.

"I've always enjoyed watching Chris play," Burris said. "I like the way he relates to the offensive line, and the way he can get players to move the ball. There is a tremendous amount of confidence there. It's great to be playing with him now."

"Chris is a particularly good teacher. He's very patient with me. I ask him about his Super Bowl experience and how he handles things on the field. He has always stressed communication, and the importance of being close to your lineman. If they want you to succeed as a quarterback, then good things will happen."

Being friends with the o-line might be important, but what about gaining the confidence of the Bears coaches? Does Burris feel that he has something to prove to the Bears staff?

"Of course I do," he says. "While I enjoyed the chance to play against Miami, I want to be on the field even more. Going in and out of the game is fine, but it has its limitations. It can be difficult to build momentum under those circumstances."

How does Burris see that he can contribute to the offense at this point in the season?

"It doesn't matter where you are in the season," Burris replies. "Each game is a new opportunity. You are starting with a clean slate every time. If I didn't think I could make good things happen, there would be no point in putting on a Bears uniform."

"How can I do this? By working hard all the time. By taking every opportunity given to me and showing that I can be a leader both on and off the field. I have a strong arm. I can run. I can energize our players. I know that I need to make big plays to earn the confidence of the players and the coaches."

Getting two touchdowns in two games is definitely a start in that direction. I want to get in there and do things, to shake things up a bit. Hopefully, that will make it hard for them to take me out in game situations.

Burris' main goal is to work with the existing players and to help build a dominant offensive unit.

"There are a lot of good, elusive receivers on this team right now," he said. " When I am in the huddle I tell them to keep an eye out for the ball. I'll throw to the player who is open and has the best field position. I think that as a team leader, a quarterback needs to make the best of whatever situation the players happen to be in at any given time. If bad things happen, then OK, we'll learn from that and move on from there. When good things happen, that's what we'll build on."

Does Burris plan to continue as the offense's leading rusher?

"That's not what I have planned at this point," he says." Of course, I'll always run when the situation calls for that, but there are plenty of fine rushers here already. Running the ball is a new thing for me. I did it a little in the CFL, but it's something that I never really relied on until now. You do whatever you can do to win the game. As a quarterback, you need to be able to move if your receivers are tied up. You need to be able to read defenses, to know when to get out of bounds, and when to go for it. "

Where does Burris see himself at this time next year?

"My goal right now is to be the best player that I can be. This means being ready to take over at any time in any game. I'll be handling whatever role the coaches are giving me next season. The more that I am playing in the future, the better. My confidence is there. I'm ready to go. Just give me the chance, and I'm your man."

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