We all know that teams will have mandatory "diplomacy" rules when speaking to the media, but sometimes it can be entertaining to hear what they are saying.
"We have to win out," said defensive tackle Tommie Harris. "We have no room to get any more losses. If you lose again, you’re going to be hoping that another team loses for you to get in. You don’t want to be in that position. We were in that position last year. It’s basically in our hands right now."
When Lovie Smith was asked what message he delivered to his players, he said:
"Just continue to keep playing hard. Stay focused. Keep believing in this team."
Okay, so maybe Lovie isn't exactly shooting for the stars there, but I laughed when Larry Mayer said:
The Bears hope that following that sound advice will help them snap a two-game losing streak.
Look, I know that it can be tough sometimes to put the right words together, or to try and spin something the right way when writing an article. And no doubt, Lovie Smith is not going to provide you with a lot of insightful sound bytes... but still, Larry, you made me LOL.
Okay, moving on to some more quotes...
"Can we still make the playoffs?" Smith asked rhetorically. "We have five losses. Five losses don’t keep you out of anything. Our players realize that. It’s a big game coming up. We realize the position we’re in right now. There’s not a lot of room for error. That’s why we’re back on the practice field today."
Coach, do you honestly think this team has the talent to make the playoffs? Do you honestly think this team would have a chance to win in the playoffs? Do you honestly think that... well, it doesn't matter. One game at a time, huh coach? That's good enough for me I guess. At this point, I have no reason to expect anything different anyhow.