Player Diary

<!--Default NodeId For Bryan Knight is 348765,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:348765]>Bryan Knight</A> reflects on the Bears win over the Jets and looks ahead to the end of the season.

It was good to have another win. It's always fun to win in Champaign in front of a home crowd. I felt that I did fine, but I didn't have any outstanding plays. It's still clear to me that I have plenty to learn as this rookie year comes to a close.

The main thing that I'm noticing right now is that I'm getting physically tired. I think that's the case with all of the rookies. It's almost as if you hit a wall. Your legs get sore everything hurts. It's just something that you need to work through until everything - all right again. Cold tubs seem to work the best for me.

A lot of it has to do with pacing yourself. You practice hard then you get banged up on Sundays. I realize that this same thing happens to everyone on the team, but I think that perhaps it hits the rookies harder just because we aren't used to this yet.

What we are learning right now is how to handle it. I mentioned this last week and it's still true, particularly at this point in the season. You need to rest any chance you get, you need to eat right, and you need to prepare mentally. When you get tired, sometimes you can lose your concentration. That's when injuries can happen and you can be sure that nobody on t his team wants any more of that right now.

Things will be a little quieter here next week with Christmas in the middle of the week, but we'll still have the last home game against Tampa to prepare for. That could be a tough one. I think that most of us are hoping for some really nice cold weather for those Florida boys.

I think that those of us who have been playing in this climate all fall are much better prepared for the cold then they will be. Isn't that what I've heard, that Tampa never wins an away game when the temperature is below 34 degrees? If so, we'll hope for 33 degrees at game time.

We still have a lot of our veteran players out due to injuries. This means that more new players and rookies are on the field every week. This is a wonderful opportunity to show the coaches what we can do and to get that all-important game experience under our belts.

Winning now is very important. Why? Because it's all about momentum you're only as good as the results of your last game. When you lose, things build on themselves and you'll be expecting more bad things to happen. I think that was the case in a few of our recent games.

When you win, the opposite happens. You don't expect things to go wrong, you just look for ways to get ahead. When we were down to the last few plays in the game against the Jets, I think that everybody on our sideline expected victory. We went out on the field and did what we had to do to keep the Jets from scoring during the last few minutes of the game.

We're beginning to feel positive about things again and that is a good sign for the last 23 games. The more wins you get late in the season, the better you tend to feel during the off season. I want to end this year on a high note, not worrying about why things went wrong.

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