To start this installment of the Quotable Bears, I'd like to show what the Bears think about us:
''Preseason doesn't count!'' one player bellowed.
''What are they going to write about now?'' another chimed in.
Ogunleye on the media and the fans:
"Y'all didn't give us a chance. Today you could see how confused Peyton was. He didn't know what the hell was going on. It's not about flipping the switch. We weren't really blitzing [in the preseason], and offenses had the advantage."
Peyton on the game:
"It's a real disappointing feeling. Whether it's the first game of the season in a new stadium or the 15th game ... it's real disappointing to lose. It took me a little time to get into a rhythm; I felt like our offense gave them the safety, the turnover and then turning the ball over on downs. I was really trying to be smart with the ball. In the second half, what the Bears did is what they usually do to win-they created turnovers. That's something that we thrive on not doing."
Lovie on the Bears (and again, a terrific example of LovieSpeak)
''This is the way you want to start off your season."
Lovie on the plan to pound the ball against the Colts:
''We've seen flashes of that throughout the preseason and throughout training camp. Our offensive line did a super job of opening holes for all our running backs.''
Lovie on Forte:
"How about Matt Forte?"
Gale Sayers on Forte:
"He has speed and good quickness, but I think he's going to have to learn how to find a hole. When it comes to the offensive line, they lack a little bit. So he's going to have to learn to find a hole. When I first came into the NFL, I was always looking for a place for a play to develop. Sometimes the block wasn't there. If it wasn't there, I had the great peripheral vision to find somewhere else to go."
Dungy on the game:
''We certainly haven't had one like that in a long time, where we got that soundly outplayed. They outplayed us for four quarters, and the score was indicative of how the game went."
Forte on the game:
"I'm glad we won, but I'm not going to go crazy over it. It's the first game. It's a 16-game season. The shoulder was a little numb, but I just went to the sideline and had to shake it off, get back in there and play. I know what our offense can be. I had a sense we were going to do well."
Orton on the offense:
'We really ran the football at them, and we're a running team. Any time we do that, control the clock and make key plays in the passing game, we're going to be right there.''
Babich on the defense:
''We really played hard. We played a physical game.''
Briggs on the defense:
"Just another week. It's no longer preseason. This is the week that counts."
Tillman on the defense:
"I'm just glad we did turn it on because it really counts now. Nobody gave us a chance. We probably had three people who picked us to win this game. I'm sure all the people who bet on us in Vegas made a lot of money."
Mike Brown on the defense:
''Our defense, when we play well, usually we have a pretty good game. Like we've been telling you guys, we played pretty vanilla in the preseason, and the package that we have is pretty good. It helps us play aggressive and with a lot of energy. It was a good night for us.''
Garza on the new stadium:
''It was still pretty loud, believe me.''
Quotables from the WCG Game Thread:
"Good. Our Pro Bowl tackle did something" - ChiFan13
"The NEWLY MADE THE RICHEST DT Pro Bowl Tackle did something" - tyger1147
"I miss Benson :)" - beardown
"As does the Police Department" - bs.uf15bosox9bears23
"Only the Bears could win a fumble challenge and still lose. Sigh. This has not been a good sports day" - halfblindcubbiegirl
"Forte is almost making me forget about Mendenhall. Almost" - thecoolest
"God damn it Hester, get your head out of your ass. Everything else surprisingly good. Let's keep it up!" - mike b
"Anyone else drinking Jack Daniels in honor of our QB?" - nbt
"This game is giving me heartburn" - WCG
"I'm still not sure....I'm afraid I'm going to wake up and it will be 7:15 again..." - GallopingGhost
"Running is the Bears Forte!" - tempchad
"ESPN's front page will still be Brady: Welcome to the second city boys" - GallopingGhost
And finally, this was posted by Neifi Puppy: