Postgame Q&A: Devin Aromashodu

The Chicago Bears are not playing well on either side of the ball, and Devin Aromashodu is one of the first players to admit it. Aromashodu chatted with JC in the locker room after the game.

John Crist: Your quarterback, Jay Cutler, said after the game that this was a step back for the entire offense. Nothing really seemed to be clicking against the Cardinals. What was the disconnect out there?

Devin Aromashodu: I don't know. I guess it was just one of those games. This will happen again. I know that. We've just got to learn how to fight back through it and bounce back, whether it be the next quarter or the next series or the next half. We've got to know how to bounce back because this is something that's going to happen throughout the season. We're not going to come out and play well every game, so we just have to learn how to fight through it, and that's part of just playing football.

JC: Arizona had struggled offensively the first two preseason games, but that was not the case at Soldier Field. Do you ever pay attention to what the other offense is doing? Does that make you guys spinning your wheels that much tougher to take?

DA: Yeah, it makes it a little frustrating. But we've just got to continue to believe that we can do it and just got to know that we're going to make mistakes. We can't get discouraged because we're going to mess up, and we've just got to learn how to bounce back better when we have bad things happen.

JC: Your offensive line is really feeling the heat right now. Everyone is saying they're the reason why the Bears aren't moving the ball consistently. What do you say to those guys, and what can you do as a skill-position player to help them out?


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DA: I don't know because, honestly, I've never played offensive line, so I don't know what they're going through. I know it's a tough job. It's real physical down there. All I can do is encourage them as a teammate, and that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to believe in them because, at the end of the day, that's who we have, so they have to get it done.

JC: Lovie Smith hinted that there may have been too much pressure placed on this third preseason game, being a "dress rehearsal" and all. Did you feel any added pressure walking out of the tunnel at game time?

DA: I didn't feel that pressure. I feel there's pressure every time you put a uniform on and play, so when you get an opportunity, you have to perform. Whether it's one chance or a lot of chances, I think when we put this Bears uniform on, we know we're coming to play. That's the end of it. It doesn't matter if it's the first or last preseason game.

JC: You've got a quick turnaround, finishing the preseason schedule Thursday at Cleveland. Both mentally and physically, how do you get ready for a game when you have just a few days before you're out on the field again?

DA: Well, mentally, just get as much film as you can. And physically, just try to stay off your feet as much as possible unless you're practicing and just get ready for the game, because it is Thursday.


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