Call It What You Want, But Call It.
The “After Party” Quotes:
“Personally, I like it when we’re the underdog,” versatile, jack-of-all trades defensive lineman Israel Idonije. “No one gave us a shot, really, to win this game except for the guys in this room. I’m just happy we were able to do it and we knew the character of the players we had in this room. It’s good to see it happen on the field.
“It’s a big-time win.”
Tight End Greg Olsen: “I think we are a lot better than people think.”
“The Bears didn’t upset the Cowboys, the Bears beat the Cowboys”, Chicago Bears radio color commentator, analyst, former Bears offensive guard (1983, ‘85-92) Tom Thayer.
“It was a signature game,” Head Coach Lovie Smith. “We just made plays throughout. … We’ve been saying what we are, which is a good football team, but you have to get wins to validate that.
Early Exit: “It’s all right,” safety Major Wright referring to his hamstring which forced him out in the 1st quarter. “We’ll know more later on.”
More Major: “I know at the end of the day football is a physical game,” “There are always going to be bumps.”
Ham-strung is the Issue: “I don’t know, to be honest,” offensive left tackle Chris Williams. “I hope to be back next week. I don’t know how these things work.”
Where in the World is Aromashodu, and what have you done with him?
“I kind of knew I really wasn’t going to play that much,” wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, basing that on his work in practice last week. “You never know really know.”
More ‘Du: “I don’t know what it was related to, honestly,” he said. “(The coaches) didn’t talk to me about that. Just keep practicing. I know my chance will come again.”
Dang Punter, Darn Punter! “It was a poor punt, not enough hang time,”punter Brad Maynard. “I’m taking that on myself. I had a bad game all around, I thought. You have bad punts now and then and most of the time you get away with them. Sometimes you don’t. It was a bad day.”
“When we first came out, we didn’t know for sure that we weren’t at Soldier Field,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith. “The fans were outstanding. They really gave us a boost.”
Game-Changing Cutler to Olsen 1st quarter TD:
“It was a basic play,” Greg Olsen. “We just executed exactly what he [Martz] said. If you execute the offense exactly how it’s meant to be, most of the time you’ll be in good position to do well.”
“I obviously didn’t expect to be that open,” “That settled us down. After that play, we could say we’re good, we weathered their storm early and the excitement of an opening home game.”
“We were reeling a bit early, and it just takes one play,” Jay Cutler. “That was the one.”
“We knew we were going to get their best punch early,” “Once we settled down and started attacking more, we were OK.”
Jay Cutler: Passes of 10 yards or less, 18-21, 3 TD’s. 11 yards or more, 3-8.
Charles Tillman: Leads all cornerbacks in forced fumbles (22) since entering NFL in 2003 as a rookie from Louisiana-Lafayette.