Bears vs. Redskins postgame quotes

C Roberto Garza (Dennis Wierzbicki/USP)

All the noteworthy quotes from Chicago Bears players and coaches following the team's 2nd preseason game, a 33-31 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Jay Cutler

On the way he envisioned the season starting off
"You never know what defenses you're going to get. They came out in press man and took a shot and did it so it was a good start. We're not exactly where we want to be with just a few things, so there are still a lot we have to clean up."

On if that was the called play or an adjustment on the first play
"You just have to guess I don't know. I thought Mike did a good job out there. He called the game well, got us in and out of the huddle. He gave us a chance to get up to the line of scrimmage and make our changes if stuff needed to be changed. "

On the offense
"We've got few new pieces out there Brandon (Marshall) and (Michael) Bush other guys. There was a lot more intensity I thought the sense of urgency with our guys was a lot a lot greater this game. We came out with a purpose and a little bit more of an attitude up front."

On how far along is this offense is
"Two preseason games. That's how far we are so we got two more to go to clean up stuff until we get to the Colts. So two weeks, then we'll be ready to go."

On utilizing Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery
"We hit some nice shots in there but we didn't really get a chance to do what we wanted exactly like we wanted to. This game plan, we had a day and a half of game planning. Until we really get a full week and get those guys out there and practice what we want to practice and see looks in practice it isn't going to be — you can't expect to get everything out there that's the tough part about the preseason games, you want to have the finished product, you want to be quick, you want to be efficient but the practice time and the preparation."

On the offensive line
"Yeah, we challenged them all week. We challenged them before the game. Everything starts with them and the defensive is the same, everything starts with that defensive front. Whenever those guys are playing and doing their job, we can do our job. That was the biggest difference from last week."

Robbie Gould

On the conditions for field goals versus the Redskins
"It was nice out there, it was real nice. It was warm, no wind. It was good. The guys did a great job."

On the meaning of kicking a 57-yard field goal in preseason
"You've got to go out there, that's what you're supposed to do. You're supposed to go out there and make kicks. Everyone did a great job from holding, snapping, blocking and I just got lucky to get it over the bar."

On kicking the game-winning field goal with the second team
"Everyone did a great job. That's what you're supposed to do. You step up and make plays and everyone did that tonight. (Matt) Blanchard did a great job with the offense, leading them down the field and we were lucky enough to get in range and hit a good ball."

BRANDON MARSHALL

On the effect on the defense when starting the game with a big play
"It does more for us because we know the only people this year, that's going to stop us, is us. What it does is it gets the guys on the sideline fired up. Those guys like Lance (Briggs) and (Brian) Urlacher fired up, special teams fired up and we just feed off each other. We talk about it all the time, defense making a play we feed off of that, special teams (and all). We just try to play in sync football."

On getting out on the field with the full offense
"The most exciting part tonight was seeing the other guys. It's not just Jay Cutler, it's not just Matt Forte or Brandon Marshall or Devin Hester. It's everybody making plays and it's going to be tough for defenses to game plan against that."

Roberto Garza

On how important it was for the offense to play well
"We knew we had to come out and take a step forward in the right direction and we did that. Our skill position guys had a great night, most receivers, obviously, our quarterbacks. We had a rough time running the football today but that's something we're going to work on and we will be better at."

On the play of J'Marcus Webb, Chris Williams and the offensive line
"It's tough to say. I think they did a great job tonight but, obviously, once you see the film we'll be able to knit-pick everything. I think, as on offensive line, we did a little bit better job but we were far from where we need to be but it's a step.'

LOVIE SMITH

"After last week's game, we wanted to get back to the practice field and correct some things, and we wanted to play another football game, so we put a lot into practice and improving on some things. As far as the game tonight, we talked about starting fast and I thought the guys came out, the first offense, and moved the ball. We felt like we needed to throw the ball tonight. We felt like they were going to gang up on the run, so it was an early drive by the offense where Jay Cutler was outstanding, Brandon Marshall getting him into the mix right away. We spread the ball around to all of the receivers, who had their moments. Michael Bush coming in and scoring a couple touchdowns, so I was pleased with what our first offense was able to do when they were out there. The plan was to play them into the second quarter and we were able to get that done.

"Defensively, same thing. When you have an athletic quarterback like Robert Griffin you have to keep him pinned in. That early pressure on him, Israel Idonije, I think he had 2.5 sacks; he had good pressure as a defensive end, but also inside when we played him there in the nickel packages. Special teams wise, whenever you score a touchdown, usually it is a good day for the Chicago Bears, but they of course, matched ours with their punt return. But again, we did some good things tonight, I felt like we had control of the game until the end when Cousins came in and really played well for them at the quarterback position.

"When they went ahead 31-30, Robbie Gould, right after they scored, came over to me and said ‘Lovie, we are going to get the ball, we are going to go down and kick a 58-yard field goal and we are going to win the game.' I guess he was off by a yard, but it was a big night for us and we got some good things done.

"Injury-wise, when you see a player get taken off on a stretcher, it is not a good thing. I think Brandon Hardin will be okay, he was moving everything, he was alert, conscious throughout, so hopefully everything will be okay with him. Chris Conte hurt his shoulder, I do not know the extent of that injury; I don't think it is too bad. Podlesh, hip-flexor, he should be okay. A couple injuries we have to take note of and see how they come out.

On whether the offensive line played better tonight than in the opener
"Whenever you have time and are able to do some things in the running game, they gave us a chance. You have to, of course, go back and watch the video, things are normally not as good as you think when you have some success and things are not quite as bad too, but I think for the most part, from what I was able to see, we did a decent job.

On the play of Israel Idonije
"I have been pleased with Israel Idonije since the first day I got here. You know what type of play you are going to get from him. He will be the first one to tell you that he left some sacks on the field last year, but you know the type of effort that you are going to get from him playing any role that we, as a coaching staff, think he can help our football team. But it is always good to see a guy have that type of night. He is feeling pretty good about himself right now and should."

On Michael Bush running the football tonight
"We know Michael can run it between the tackles, but I think it was good for him to show everyone that he can make you miss also. I think his second touchdown run, the guy was one-on-one in the hole, it was a great cut by him to make a guy miss. He is a big back and can do a lot of good things."

On what he will say to Alshon Jeffery about the penalty
"Don't do it. It is kind of as simple as that, we can't have that. We had a couple of penalties late there, Thaddeus Gibson also, you can't do things like that in critical situations. But we will coach them up, they are young players, especially Alshon. We will coach them up and they will see how that can really hurt our football team. But I am going to talk to him first about all of those good plays he made. He has done a lot of great things in training camp and he is taking that over to the games too."

On the chemistry between Cutler and Marshall
"It's important because of course you have to have it on the practice field first, but we all want to see it in the games. That combination is going to go for a lot of yards, a lot of catches and hopefully a lot of touchdowns. Both of them are outstanding football players and if we give them time, we can do some things."


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