Head Coach Jim Haslett
November 20, 2008
"Injury wise, obviously (G) Richie (Incognito) practiced today. Him and (T) (John) Greco split the reps and we'll continue to do that. We just want to make sure that Richie's ok and another we'll try to give John some time to work on the field. We'll see how that goes in the game, but like I said, I'd like to get John some work before the season's over, but right now Richie will start with (G) Jacob (Bell)."
(On if G Richie Incognito looks good)
"Yeah, I thought he did fine. We had the pads on and he put them on and he did a good job hitting. I think it bothers him a little bit, but knowing him that's not going to be an issue when the game starts."
(On how G John Greco looked at practice)
"I thought he did alright. He had a couple of mental mistakes yesterday, but again the guy's athletic, he's powerful and I think he's got a chance to be a pretty good player. But just because of what we have right now he hasn't had a lot of opportunities. He had a few mistakes yesterday."
(On if practice was more physical than normal)
"I don't know, I'll let you guys decide that. That's how this team is going to have to be played this week."
(On if WR Devin Hester is still a big threat even though his numbers are down this year)
"To be honest with you, the guy is scary. I know his numbers are down a little bit, but if you remember what he did to us last time and I think he had two kickoffs and nobody put a hand on him on either one. I think the kicker and the punter are responsible for him myself. I think that they can help that issue, but obviously we have to do a great job and be disciplined and tackle the ball well. It's a combination, it's going to be on the kicker and the punter and our coverage unit."
(On if the large amount of Bears fans that make the trip to St. Louis for the game)
"That's fine. You know what, you face all kinds of situations in this league and if they have fans and they come that's great, we just have to deal with it. I'm not worrying about it. I don't think this team needs to worry about it. We need to worry about trying to win games and not worrying about the fans and what everybody else is saying and doing and who's there and who's not there. We need to just go out and play well."
(On what challenges Bears RB Matt Forte brings to the game)
"I like the kid. Obviously, he's a Tulane guy and I don't know if he's from Louisiana or not, I just know he's a tough guy that runs hard, kind of fits the mode of that offense and a big guy that falls forward and gains a lot of yards. I'm really impressed with the kid. I think he's a heck of a running back."