So far, Clark's making the Bears look brilliant. He's tied with Muhsin Muhammad for the team lead with 10 catches, and his 162 yards are the most on the club.
"I'm not out to prove anything to the public, to the media, to anybody," said the eight-year veteran, who had five catches for 85 yards against the Lions. "I'm out there to do what I'm asked to do, and that's been my line for the last 6-8 months here. The coaches asked me to do a little bit more this year, and as long as I keep doing that I'm happy with my contribution."
Clark is getting more opportunities in the passing game this season, and he's making the most of them.
"I wanted those opportunities," he said, "but when you get them you have to capitalize on them. Right now I'm doing that, so hopefully I'm gaining more confidence from the coaching staff to call those plays and from (quarterback) Rex Grossman."
Clark had a 31-yard touchdown grab Sunday, and backup John Gilmore had touchdown catches of three and five yards. It was the first time the Bears got three touchdowns from their tight ends since Greg Latta did it on Dec. 21, 1975. The last time the Bears had two tight ends catch touchdown passes in the same game was Oct. 8, 1995, when Keith Jennings and Ryan Wetnight scored.
"Anytime you can put pressure on the quarterback early you're going to be in the back of his mind all day." Johnson said. "You can start to see it in the pocket. (Even) when he had a clean pocket, he was starting to move around. That's when you can tell when guys are worried about the rush."
"We prepare the same every week," safety Mike Brown said. "Words never won a football game; it's how you perform out there on the field."
"We all know that's bulletin-board material," Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said. "Not that we needed it, but we most certainly used it, and I think our guys responded very well."
Williams caught six passes for 71 yards.
"It opened up my can of mojo more than anything," Benson said. "When you get hits like that and you get successful plays, you just kind of get to feeling good. I hit him square. We were looking right at each other and Pow! I was in the zone. When I saw the Detroit body in front of me my mind went right into punishment mode."