Sunday, October 6, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears' 26-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints:
Lamenting the loss: Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod sat alone at his locker after all the other players had left. As he pulled on one of his black and pink LeBron James sneakers, the question was posed as to whether losing to his former team hurt more than a defeat to another team. “Would’ve liked to get the W; would have been nice,” Bushrod said. “But at this point, I just want to win, period.”
Blocking schemes tossed: Strewn across a bench in front of a locker was a bundle of papers detailing blocking schemes drawn up for the game plan against the Saints. It appeared as if a player had been studying them prior to the team coming out for the game. But early on, those schemes didn’t seem to work. Jay Cutler suffered three sacks in the first half, including one on a corner blitz by Malcolm Jenkins that caused the quarterback to fumble, with Cameron Jordan scooping up the loose ball. New Orleans turned that turnover into a Garrett Hartley field goal.
Bennett keeps sense of humor: Wearing an ice bag on his left knee, tight end Martellus Bennett stopped in front of the doors leading out of the locker room and stared at a table that usually contains postgame snacks for the players. “Where’s a Rice Krispies treat when you need one?" he asked.