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The Quotable Bears (Week Three)

In hindsight, I’m glad that I wasn’t able to be on the WCG game thread during the game. If I had been, there wouldn’t have been a roll call for who had the most posts. It would’ve been a roll call of how many profanities I let loose. Thank God for girlfriends who (and I quote) “just want to watch you swear at the TV while you watch the game. You don’t need to spread it online too!”


For you “Quotables” followers, I’ve added two awards for each week: “The Greatest Understatement” and “The A**hole.” Also, for those of you who are calling for someone’s head, follow this link. I prefer Turner and Rashied Davis myself.


Anyways, here’s how the Bears reacted to their colossal meltdown.


Lovie on the game:

“A loss is a loss, but it does hurt when you have control of the football game. If you were never in a football game and you lose, you’ve been miserable the entire football game. But that wasn’t the case. We had control. In those situations, you just have to have the killer instinct at the end to make a couple plays. Normally you’re just one play from all things being OK. Whenever you get four takeaways, you should be in decent shape with the game. But they scored with their defense. There were just too many things we did wrong in the end. I'm blaming the entire football team, starting with me.

Lovie on the defense:

“We blitzed at times and got a little bit of pressure. But if you let him throw that many times, normally guys will get tired after a while. You have to keep them off the field a little bit more.”

Lovie on the decision to kneel at the end of the game:

“To me, only something bad could have happened. We wanted to get into overtime and go from there. Ten out of 10 times we’ll do that.”

Griese on the game:

“I can't lie to you guys. The game meant a lot to me personally coming back. But at the end of the game, it was all about our team winning. I was traded, so obviously they didn't need me.”

Orton on his performance:

“I think we kept them off balance a little bit [in the second half]. Basically I think we executed and that's what it always comes down to, is execution. And I thought we were put in good position all day. We really got it going there for a stretch, we were executing and moving the chains.”

Orton on the decision to kneel at the end of the game:

“I think in that situation you can do bad more than you can good. We were confident going into overtime and we thought we would just take it into overtime. As an offense, you get the ball and you want to close the game out with the ball and get in the victory offense, but we weren’t able to do it.”

Orton on his INT to Gaines Adams:

“I didn’t see him, but I just can’t make a mistake like that. I pride myself on that and it certainly wasn’t good.” [ChiFan’s note: Are you kidding me? How do not notice 6’5, 258 pound Gaines Adams?]

Orton on Rashied’s huge drop in OT:

“That would have been a big play, but we had numerous other opportunities to close it out. We made too many mistakes in the first half. I made too many mistakes in the first half. When you lose a game like this, you can only look at yourself. I’ve got room to improve and I’m going to come back to work next week and work as hard as I can to get better.”

Babich on the defense:

“We had some guys come clean on pressures and they were able to get rid of it. But they did a good job. I give them a lot of credit. They kept hammering away and they ended up with a lot of yards in the passing game.”

Alex Brown on the defense (this week’s winner of The Greatest Understatement award):

“Something's wrong.”

Urlacher on the defense:

“We’ve got to figure out a way to make some plays in the second half. We didn’t get to the quarterback, we didn’t catch the ball when we had chances. We didn’t tackle when we had a chance to tackle.”

Mike Brown on the defense:


“They just made plays and we didn’t. We had opportunities to make them and we didn’t do it. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit. Griese’s a hell of a quarterback. He’s a great professional and he ripped us apart. They were making plays all over the field and we weren’t able to stop them when we needed to. We haven’t finished. The defense was in position to win the football game again, and we couldn’t capitalize. This one hurts because I feel like it’s all on the defense. We talk about being a great defense, but we haven’t shown it. We lost, and it’s disgusting.”


Dvoracek on Griese’s performance:


“He was getting rid of the ball so quick. Hats off to him. He did a great job. [But] if he had 67 attempts and we didn’t get any sacks, we’ve got to do a better job up front. That’s on us.”


Vasher on Antonio Bryant’s catch:


“It was just a great ball and a great catch. It was a long game and they made some plays when they needed to.”


Vasher on Corey Graham starting in place of him:


“He did an excellent job at it. I'm fine with it. They felt like he would do a good job with it. I just work here, man, I just do what they ask me to. Every chance I get, I'd like to be out there. This week didn't call for that. Tampa's a running team.”


Vasher on Hester’s return:


“I can't wait to get him back. Devin's the best of all time.”


Manning on filling in for Hester:


“I wouldn't say I replaced [Devin]. I was just doing my job.”


Wolfe on his fake-punt play:


“I didn't do anything special on that play, just ran with the ball.”


Tillman on his penalty:


“It was a costly mistake on my part. It shouldn’t have happened. The saying is they always see the second push. Obviously it was a costly mistake. I shouldn’t have put myself in that situation. I was just trying to swing him off me. I was trying to pull guys off my teammate, and one thing led to another. I’ve got to be smarter than that.”


Tommie Harris on Tillman’s penalty:


“Everybody knows you don't just leave your teammate. If I see my teammate down there getting stomped by some dude, two dudes jumping on [Ogunleye], I better not just walk off. Would you leave your partner out there in war if you see somebody jumping on him? No. It's the principle. We're men, man.”


Michael Clayton on baiting Tillman (this week’s winner of The A**hole award):


“It worked out perfectly.”


Quotables from the WCG Game Thread:


“Old Spice with the fumble recovery” – bs.uf15bosox9bears23


“I’ve seen enough of this. Christ in a handcart” – cwyers


“If I know Ron Turner, we’re gonna run a fullback dive into the middle of a pile and lose 2 yards” – lopey986


“So what’s the consensus? Who is to blame? Orton, the OL, WR’s or other?” – GallopingGhost


“Aaaaaand Orton thinks he’s throwing to the guys in white” – RightFieldSucks


“I’ve seen enough of Grossman. Let’s see Trent Edwards. I mean, let’s see Brian Brohm. Oh shit. I mean, let’s see Caleb Hanie. Awww hell. Let’s see next year’s draft already” – tyger1147