- Charles Tillman on the Bears victory over the Seahawks via Neil Hayes at the Chicago Sun-Times:
“’No, I’m not satisfied,’ Tillman said after one of his best games of the season. ‘We’re in the NFC Championship Game. Great. But those two plays, you’ve got to make those plays because they could’ve been the keys to the game.’”
Tillman’s right. I loved the aggressive man-to-man defense that the Bears played. But it also leaves zero room for error. Usually that kind of pressure in on the safeties. With that defense, its on the corners.
- Jeff Dickerson at ESPNChicago.com thought the Seahawks badly missed tight end John Carlson after his injury:
“But you simply cannot overstate how much losing Carlson in the first quarter threw the Seahawks off their game on offense. One veteran Bears defender said in the postgame locker room that without Carlson, Seattle lost its ability to run numerous formations and attempt numerous plays that otherwise might have been successful vs. the Bears’ defense.”
- Quarterback Jay Cutler says that Greg Olsen wasn’t his primary receiver on his first touchdown in the first quarter:
- No surprise that coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck were disappointed after the loss:
- The Chicago Tribune goes back in time for what I thought was an interesting look at the 1941 playoff game against the Packers – the last time the two teams met in the postseason.
- I hope Devin Hester was kidding when he said this of Sunday’s game against the Packers (via Brad Biggs at the Tribune):
“Its going to be a shootout”
I think a good defensive game might be more likely to work in the Bears favor.
- Steve Rosenbloom at the Tribune reports that the Bears opened as 3 point home dogs to the Packers and that most of the money immediately started pouring in on Green Bay. I wouldn’t touch that game either way with a ten foot pole at that number. Too much depends upon which Green Bay team shows up.
- Dan Pompei at the Tribune gives one key stat for the Packer game:
“The Packers have sacked Jay Cutler nine times this year; the Bears have sacked Rodgers twice.”
- Steve Rosenbloom at the Chicago Tribune makes a good, relevant observation that reminded me of what the Packers did to Johnny Knox a couple weeks ago:
“I don’t care about what happened late in the game, I still believe Charles Tillman made Mike Williams want to quit. Can he do the same to Green Bay’s Greg Jennings?”
- Cornerback Charles Tillman sounds like he’s already tired of the hype (via ESPNChicago.com). Its only just begun, baby!
- Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris would seem to agree (via Michael C. Wright at ESPNChicago.com):
“‘I don’t know all about the history,’ he said. ‘I just know my gap. I have to control that gap. I will next week.'”
“Indeed, there will be ungodly hype, especially on this blog. From this point forward, I’m tagging this game “Epicenter of Humanity.” So I don’t want to minimize how big and fun this is going to be for fans and media members alike. “
- Brian Urlacher knows that there won’t be many big surprises Sunday (via ESPNChicago):
- Kenny Mayne at ESPN describes the Seahawks-Bears matchup as only he can. The video was, of course, shot before the game but its definitely worthwhile:
- Michael Wilbon, also writing for ESPNChicago.com, speaks the truth:
“While the Bears’ offense is still particularly average by today’s NFL standards, their preparedness ranks right there with the best of ’em. They haven’t had a moment of controversy, a moment of off-the-field idiocy that undermines the team. That speaks to the coach, in this case [Lovie] Smith, the same way it spoke to the respect Tony Dungy‘s players had for him all those years.”
- WBAY-TV has taken down a video of Aaron Rogers blowing past a cancer patient who wanted an autograph. Mike Florio at profootballtalk.com comments:
“The folks at WBAY, who probably should have realized that the station’s relationship with the only team in town may have been undermined with the publication of the video of Rodgers treating a cancer patient like a panhandler with leprosy, apparently have taken down the clip. The key moment has been uploaded to YouTube. Check it out before it disappears, too.”
Here it is. For now.
- Fortunately Clay Mathews chose to show more class:
- Tom Brady on the Patriots loss to the Jets via Sam Farmer, writing for the Chicago Tribune:
“Asked if he’s stunned the season is over, Brady said: ‘You always are. It’s like you’re on the treadmill running at 10 miles an hour, and then someone just hits the stop button.'”
“It is tough. Your emotions are going to be at one extreme. You’re either going to be really happy or really sad, and I hate that we all have to feel this way.”
“Well you work on one thing all week and then you get something different. We adjusted, but at the end of the day it’s about us making plays and moving the ball down the field. We didn’t do that on a consistent basis.”
One Final Thought
I love Bart Scott. He sounds off, starting with a statement that the Bears need to remember this week. Via ESPN: