Sunday, November 17, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears’ 23-20 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Mud room: After playing on basically a quagmire at rain-soaked Soldier Field -- “It felt like a pig pen out there,” offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod yelled -- several players struggled to peel off wet, muddy clothes in the locker room immediately after the game. “I’ll bet when you woke up you didn’t expect this,” Bushrod joked to teammates. Officials delayed the game for nearly two hours due to inclement weather stemming from a couple of storms passing through the area. Bushrod said the team "almost was on 'Sunday Night Football.'" Rookie right tackle Jordan Mills said “it was like playing in a muddy pond.”
Good advice: Strong gusts led to the National Weather Service issuing wind advisories, and as the Bears prepared to take the field against the Ravens, coach Marc Trestman gave quarterback Josh McCown some advice that he put to use in the game. “When it’s breezy, swing easy,” McCown said Trestman told him. By focusing more on throwing spirals that would cut through the wind instead of trying to throw with more velocity, McCown said he was able to throw better passes in difficult conditions.
Message board: At the end of the team’s pregame dry-erase board were the words “Bear Down” and “Be a Monster.” Given the weather conditions Sunday, those words seemed especially applicable.