Tinoisamoa forced into full-time duty
January, 2, 2011
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
The plan was for Nick Roach and Pisa Tinoisamoa to split time against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at strong-side linebacker.
Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesPisa Tinoisamoa was forced into a heavier workload Sunday after the injury to Nick Roach.
But the plan went out the window when Roach exited the game with a shoulder injury after the first play of the game from scrimmage.
"I was jacked up this game, and prepared the play some serious ball this game," Tinoisamoa said. "I was prepped to play the game. I mean me personally, we were told otherwise, but I was ready to play. So when it happened [the Roach injury], I was ready. I felt OK running around out there in this cold weather."
But the veteran linebacker was responsible for allowing Packers tight end Donald Lee to score the game-winning 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Tinoisamoa attempted to hold up Lee at the line of scrimmage, but was quickly tossed aside, which allowed Aaron Rodgers to find Lee open in the back corner of the end zone.
"I was playing so aggressive, so I let myself get thrown," Tinoisamoa said. "My intent was good, but my technique wasn't good. That's what allowed him to shed me quick. He used my aggressiveness to kind of put a move on me. But I learned from that."
"Absolutely, I'm ready for the playoffs. The fact my knee held up so well, I'm pretty excited about that."
The shoulder injury to Roach isn't believed to be serious, but expect Tinoisamoa to see plenty of action at strong-side linebacker when the Bears open up the playoffs in two weeks at Soldier Field.