LIONS IMPROVE TO 3-1
40 POINTS IN WIN VS. BEARS
EXPLOSIVE 2ND QUARTER
30-POINT FIRST HALF
THIRD DOWN DEFENSE
WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE
MOST YARDS IN FIRST 50 GAMES
BUSH'S GROUND ATTACK
AKERS 16-POINT OUTING
LIONS HEAD COACH JIM SCHWARTZ
On how pleased he was with the team containing Bears RB Matt Forté: "We could have done better. Particularly early in the game since we let them loose on the run that gave them their first touchdown. I think the biggest thing of taking Forté out for most of the game was when we got a big lead. The easiest way to stop the run is to be protecting a big lead where the run really doesn't matter."
On the importance of turnovers: "We have been good at turnovers. They made their plays also. They had a couple of turnovers that led to points. Our guys make their plays. We can't worry about what other people say about us or what they say about our opponents. We know what we have. We need to go out and play hard, play tough, play physical. We need to make our plays. Our guys have proven this year that they can do that. It was a big problem for us last year. We didn't get very many turnovers on defense. We got some playmakers on defense. We have some guys up front that can rush and guys in the back end that can go get the ball. We had a lot of injuries in the back end today, but we were still able to make enough plays to win the game."
On if the defense encompassed what he would call ‘Lion Football': "'Lion Football' is getting a win however we can get it. Honestly, I don't care about any stats or anything other than the final score. We got the win today. I'll leave all the stats for other people. All the scoring is for fantasy football people. I'm worried about winning games. Anyway we can get them, we'll take them."
On DT Ndamukong Suh's performance today being better than any other performance: "No. He has been playing at a high level the whole season. I think another play that may fly below the radar was they completed a third down which had gotten negated with a penalty that was against Suh with a hand to the face. They were trying everything to get him stopped and the very next play we intercepted. He's had a couple that don't show up on the score card with forced interceptions and stuff like that. That was another one. Our pass rushers were doing a good job. I can't believe we didn't get about a 100 holding penalties against them today."
On what the advantage is in a punt return: "Just flipping field position like that. The offense is already in scoring range and we can be aggressive there and not have to worry about getting it up. Early in the game we were moving the ball very effectively .We were getting held on those third-and-ones and third-and-twos and we ended up with a lot of field goal attempts. Eventually we got it right and we started scoring touchdowns. However the offense gets the ball, whether it's an interception, fumble, punt, big punt return, we put those guys in position. We have a lot of play makers on offense to go score."
On the offensive line: "They have done a nice job all year. We had an injury, Jason Fox went down. He's closer to coming back now. (Corey) Hilliard stepped in and has done a nice job. (Larry) Warford has done a nice job. I think overall those guys, have not only protected the quarterback well, they have also blocked the run well. They're an underrated group. They're not underrated to us, but it was a big worry every time in training camp I just took questions about how everybody is fretting about our offense line. I think our offensive line has done a pretty good job so far."
On the importance of replacing WR Nate Burleson: "Whoever it was we need to get going and (Brandon) Pettigrew is a good player. He made some plays for us today. Kris Durham made a couple big plays at the end, probably no bigger than recovering the last onside kick. He took a big shot for it too. We talk a lot about player safety and he's lying prone on the ground and is getting himself up and takes a helmet right to the back and we don't get any call there. It's a little hypocritical to talk about player safety when we allow that to not get called. Kris toughed it out and he had to hold on to that ball and he did. He did a nice job today"
On CB Chris Houston's injury: "Chris went out with a leg. He wasn't able to return. We had a lot of different injuries, but we had some guys step up and have to play. We didn't do a good enough job finishing the game. We got the win and that's the only thing we worry about. We fumbled the ball in four-minute and gave up a couple of plays in there that we shouldn't have given up."
On DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Nick Fairley keeping their composure when they felt that they were being held: "They just kept on coming. They can't worry about officiating the game. They just need to keep on coming. We let the quarterback escape a couple of times and we paid the price for it. We let him escape a couple of times and we ended up making plays on defense. Those guys are resilient and they know that their job is to go and get to the quarterback. The game had become one-dimensional. It's tough to rush the passer. It takes a lot of energy in two-minute and stuff like that to rush the passer. The offensive line, a lot of times, just had to take three steps backwards. Pass rushes are tough to do and I thought they did a good job of competing throughout the day."
On P Sam Martin and the special teams unit containing Bears KR/PR Devin Hester: "He (Hester) can certainly break open games and we have seen him do it before. We couldn't let him do that in this game. I thought that our guys did a good job at number one, controlling where he was going with the kick direction and hang time. Also, our coverage units were very good. We're much-improved in our coverage units. We have been trying to get our return game going. We need to keep working at it. Guys have been working really hard to correct some mistakes and get better at some things. We did get a long return today and I thought that was good to see from them."
On QB Matthew Stafford's performance: "I've said so much about Matt that I've ran out of good things to say. He's our leader. We're never out of a game when he's in the game. He's going to lead this franchise to great things."
On having a more versatile offense and giving Stafford a ‘Plan B' when Johnson is out: "I wouldn't say we haven't had ‘Plan B's'. There's a difference between having a ‘Plan B' and being able to execute a ‘Plan B.' I think we have done a good job. When Reggie Bush was done, other guys stepped up and made plays. Nate Burleson has been done and other guys have stepped up to make plays. When teams have tried to scheme Calvin (Johnson) out of the game, we have been able to step up and make plays. We are 3-1. That's the only thing we worry about. Honestly, we're not keeping tabs of who is getting the ball and who is getting touches and who has everything else. All we are trying to do is score more points than our opponent and win the game. We have done it three times and we have lost one. We are through the first quarter of the season and we have put ourselves in good positions right now."
LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
On his quarterback sneak: "I think we felt we were a little bit closer than we actually were. It was kind of a long one. I was trying to jump over guys. They did a great job knocking it out, but I was able to corral it again and fall in the end zone."
On the win: "We played well. We didn't play our best game, that's for sure. On offense we left some things out there. First couple of drives we did a good job of getting down in the red zone. We didn't put sevens on the board. Against an offense like theirs, they're high-power and they can score. That's something that we need to do a better job of. Putting sevens on them early. I'm never going to apologize for a win. Our defense played fantastic. Turning the ball over for us and evening score."
On what it means for a quarterback to have the versatility of receivers: "It's fantastic. It's great to have weapons at your disposal. Our offensive line is playing great. They're opening holes in the running game and those guys are doing what they do. The more we can do that, the better we're going to be. Calvin (Johnson) is always going to be Calvin. He's going to make plays when we need him. He did that again today. Some other guys stepped up. (Brandon) Pettigrew had a couple of nice catches. (Kris) Durham had some catches there at the end to really get that four-minute drive going. It just takes a team effort. This was a team win., offense, defense and special teams. Nobody played their best game, but we played together as a team. We have to have more of that."
On what it means to have TE Brandon Pettigrew back: "It's great. That guy, he works his tail off. He's been a guy that, since I've been here, has been a security blanket for me. A guy that has been, a lot of times, five yards away from me right in front of my face and I've put some throws on him. He's taken some big hits and made some big plays for us. He did it again today. That guy is tough. He's blocking his butt off. I'm glad that we got to repay him with some passes today."
On RB Reggie Bush's touchdown run: "A sweet run. It was a play that, honestly, we have been working in practice all week knowing that they were going to blitz us. Instead of getting out of it we just ran right into it. Dom (Raiola) made a great call up front. Pettigrew had a great block. We sealed off the backside and then Reggie did the rest."
On if the holes created through the run game are surprising: "No. They're young guys. They're athletic. They're hungry. They're playing hard. Finishing blocks and doing a great job of avoiding penalties and still playing physical. That's tough to do in this league. They're playing good football right now. We just need to have more of it. Keep it coming. They understand that. We're only a quarter way through the season, but it's a nice start."
On if this win means more because of the opponent: "It means more because it's a home game for us. We set a goal at the beginning of the season to not lose at home. So far, we are 2-0. Ford Field was rocking. Our fans did a great job, especially early in the game by making it difficult for them to communicate. Our defense capitalized and got some turnovers. It's always a big game when you play a division opponent."
On if he has reflected on his career completions accomplishment: "I don't know. I might when I'm done playing someday. I had no idea about that or that it was coming. It's something that I'll probably look back on when I'm done and realize it was something pretty special."
LIONS WR CALVIN JOHNSON
On his reaction to the Lions' dominating performance: "I just put it on the practices that we had the last couple weeks. We've been real crisp, real efficient. We're not making penalties, making dumb mistakes on offense. We might have a turnover here or there, but we bounce right back from it. Nobody's flustered in the huddle. Same thing on the other side of the ball."
On the mistakes the Lions made vs. the Bears: "Like I said, it's just the one turnover we had there. If we don't convert, we feel like we have to convert every time. We hold ourselves to a high standard. Like I said, we had a good game in all phases though."
On stealing the momentum by outscoring the Bears 27-10 in the second quarter: "That's exactly what we said on the sideline. They went up 10 and we had six or something like that. Then we went on a 27-point run. That's what we've got to do. The defense is able to get turnovers and that helps us out. We got good field position on a great punt return over there by (Micheal) Spurlock. Those kinds of things we have to have."
On the collective effort by the team to replace injured WR Nate Burleson: "We have too many weapons for guys not to want to get a piece of the action out there. We have hungry guys in here. Guys that are sitting out, that are inactive, they could come in and play for us right now too. We have some talent."
On if he feels like he no longer has to have a great personal game to help the team win: "We have (No.) 21 (Reggie Bush) over there. That dude does special things out there, every week. As long as we can give him good support in the blocking game and we do our thing on the outside, we're going to be alright."
LIONS RB REGGIE BUSH
On the play of the offensive line: "Offensive line did a tremendous job today. We talked all week about them controlling the line of scrimmage and that was going to be key to our success on offense. They did a great job today. I really didn't get touched a whole lot until I got to the secondary. That's jusT, kudos to those guys, man. They played their hearts out, they played well and they were the key factor why we were successful on offense."
On if there was any one gap they were keying in on: "There wasn't. We didn't talk about running to either side more or less than the other. We just felt like we could definitely dominate the line of scrimmage and, obviously, they lost one of their best players – the D-tackle (Henry Melton). So we felt like that was an area we could definitely take advantage of. I thought it was a job well done today."
On the feeling after another division win: "Well, it's a good feeling for one. We talked all week, obviously, about the significance of this game and what it mean, but also at the same time, not making it too big. Being in the moment, understanding our position, understanding where we are, but still going out there, being able to focus and come out with the win and we did that today."
On Head Coach Jim Schwartz's message to the team: "Well, we had some plays here and there – the offense turned the ball over. I had a fumble, Joique (Bell) had a fumble at the end of the game that was really costly. So we have to do a better job at closing out the game. We played well throughout the game, but we had some turnovers that we've got to clean up. I'm sure when we play them in Chicago, we can't go in there and turn the ball over like that. So we've just got to be able to clean up these mistakes. Obviously, we won and that's the most important thing, but we definitely have some room for improvement."
On if he feels as good as he's felt in a few years: "I wouldn't say that, I'm coming off an injury. I feel pretty good. I think I'm kind of finding a rhythm with this offense and obviously a lot of that has to do with Megatron (Calvin Johnson) out there. He makes life a lot easier for me. I'm very
appreciative of him being out there."
On how excited he gets when he sees six guys in the box: "I get very excited. We definitely felt like that was an area we could take advantage. When we have them in nickel – their nickel personnel – and there's six guys in the box, we've got to take advantage of that. We felt like we had to do a better job this week and take advantage of that and that would force them to be honest and then, in turn, obviously the pass would be open."
On the versatility of the offense and when he knows it's ‘his moment': "Well, you don't know when it's your moment, you just have to stay ready. That's one thing that I think we pride ourselves in: our guys are always ready. No. 1 guy goes down, somebody has to step up. Obviously I was down last week and Joique played well – he played really well. He was the key reason why we won that game last week. Then Nate went down this week and Broyles had to step up. So we had to not only step up individually, but just as a team. We had to make up for the slack for the guys that were missing and I felt like we definitely did that today. Receivers played well today, I thought Durham played extremely well today. He was a huge reason why we converted some of those third downs. Guys just stepped up completely as a team. So I don't think there's any one moment where a guy is looking for his moment."
On how much trouble his knee gave him today: "Not much. I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried because I wasn't sure. When you're coming back off of injury, you just don't know until you take a hit on it, so I wasn't sure how I was going to respond. I was a little nervous, but it held up pretty good. And after that first series, I felt like I was okay."
LIONS DT NDAMUKONG SUH
On how they were able to get to Bears QB Jay Cutler: "We had a great plan. Coaches always put a great plan together. We knew what they were going to do for the most part and they pretty much stayed true to it and we just executed. That was the biggest thing. It's something that we pride ourselves on as a defense is when we have one-on-one chances and when we put ourselves in positions to make plays. We need to make sure we do that."
On if they feel they can get this kind of pressure almost every game: "That's something that we strive to do every single play in every single game that we face. No matter who we're facing, whether it's a read-option team or a team that likes to drop back or even get rid of the ball, we have guys on all levels of the defense that can allow us to get there. Really, it's a lot of credit to our secondary and those guys taking care of business and making them hold the ball and we got that extra time and made sure we got back there."
On if he feels the focus on him should now be on his play: "I hope so, but, to be honest with you, this is just a great feeling that we're winning and we're finally getting that job done. I'm not so much worried about whether people see me dirty or if they see me as a great player. As long as we're winning, then I'm satisfied with that. That's most important. Granted, I'm not going to sit here and lie to you. I would love for it to be focused on my play, but I understand people have their agendas and people have things that they want to focus on. I can't really concern myself with that."
On if he feels he's playing the best football of his career right now: "To be honest with you, I go into every single year making and wanting that year to be better than the last one. Whether it was a horrible year or an average year, I find my year … the last year I had my best year and I want to outdo that. From a statistical standpoint, obviously my rookie year was my best year. So, from a statistical standpoint, I want to outdo that. But, honestly, I think my rookie year was my worst year of football because I really didn't understand the game and I was really just going out there and playing hard and trying to execute. Now I'm a little bit more seasoned. I can understand and pick up things a little faster. But it's so early in the season – it's only the fourth game. I can't give you a solid answer for that or say yes or no."
On if he looks at these games as steps and how big a step this was today: "Without question every single game is a step and it's whether or not you take a step forward or you take a step backward. The biggest thing is you're always going to take a step forward with a win, but we made some mistakes. On the defensive side of the ball, we gave up too many points. Thirty-two is not what we want to accomplish. So, there are things that we've got to learn from it. But we did take a step forward. We took a step back in some areas and we've got to learn from that. Luckily we came out on the winning side and we can learn from it on a positive note."
On how close they are to being able to say, ‘everything went perfect': "I haven't actually taken the time to really look at that, but the biggest thing for me is that I think we have all the tools in our defense. I can only really speak for our defense because I don't pay attention that much to the offense even though I pay attention to them. But from a defensive standpoint, I think we have every single guy that we need on that defensive side of the ball to get the job done. It's just a matter of continuing to do it day-out and day-in as well as week-out and week-in. It's exciting to have that. I felt in years past we didn't always have every single position that was tuned up to the depth that each position could take care of themselves, and I think that we have that this year."
On his thoughts on Bears G Kyle Long's performance today: "I didn't have any thoughts. Really, just, I wanted to affect the quarterback and affect the running back and not allow them to be successful. They were successful to a certain extent, but I think we did a good enough job to, obviously, win the game. I'm actually not that happy because we gave up 32 points."
On Head Coach Jim Schwartz saying there should have been 100 holding calls and if he felt that way: "Honestly, every single play in this game there was some sort of holding and the great players learn how to play through it. I think as a defense, and especially as a defensive line, we've gradually learned to play through that and understand that we're not necessarily going to get calls and sometimes we will get calls. I've gotten calls and I appreciate them without question, but I'm not going to sit there and harp at a ref and say, ‘it's a holding call, it's a holding call.' I'm just going to keep playing – that's all I've got to do."
LIONS S LOUIS DELMAS
On dominating the Bears' offense: "Like you said, we were feeding off of each other. And although they got a couple of touchdowns at the end there, we felt that we beat them. I give credit to my coaching staff and to my conditioning. They gave us the right calls to make plays."
On the importance of winning this divisional game vs. the Bears: "You never want to lose against a division opponent at home, and luckily we were the better team and we got the win. We have another next week at Green Bay. That's another division opponent, so hopefully we'll able to go again."
On his thoughts on the secondary: "I think we took pride in ourselves today. Since day one, Monday, we knew that we were facing a strong, competitive quarterback who wasn't going to take ‘no' for an answer. As you can see in the game, we completed a lot of passes that converted to two touchdowns. Our secondary feeds off our linebackers and our linebackers feed off our d-line and I think today we competed as a unit."
LIONS DT NICK FAIRLEY
On his fumble return for a touchdown: "Really, it was a d-line total effort. All four of us actually combined on that play. Willie (Young) got a good grab on the tackle. (Ndamukong) Suh got a good sack and I still had to bend my knees to pick it up and score.
On the defensive line working as a unit: "Oh big time, we're always going to make plays on each other. When you get a sack, if the ball comes up, hopefully one of us can scoop and score."
On the last time he scored a touchdown: "Tight end, a long time ago."
On how he celebrated his last touchdown: "I do a little dance. I can dance. They piled me up to where I didn't have to do a celebratory dance."
On if the team took this game vs. the Bears personally: "As a defense, of course. We have to tip our hats out to those guys. Those guys are really good as far as getting the ball out, turnovers and all that. But coming to this game, we knew our defense had to step up to win this game and I think we stepped up."
LIONS S GLOVER QUIN
On the Lions' defensive performance: "We want to be the group that keeps the other team out of the end zone. We don't want to depend on our offense to score 40 points a game, we want to try to go out and hold teams. We are working hard every week, everyone is locked in, everyone is focused in on what we are trying to get done with the game plan and we are just coming out and executing it. We are getting some good results."
On the Bears comeback in the fourth quarter: "In those situations you are definitely trying not to give up the big play, the quick score. They were able to work their way down the field, get into scoring range, complete a couple short passes and they ended up getting in the end zone. When you're down 24 points, three touchdowns and three two-point conversions, we don't want to give up anything quick. Those drives that they were scoring, it was taking them two or three minutes so it was good for us."
On the crowd at Ford Field: "Obviously when the crowd is into it, we are playing great but we just feed off that energy and get the momentum rolling. You just get that energy and that feeling, you just get in the zone. It was great when the crowd is loud like that, we need them every time we are playing here to be rocking, be loud. We have to make sure every time a team comes into Ford Field that we come out with a win and it's going to take us and the fans. They've meant a lot to us."
On DT Nick Fairley getting a touchdown: "I don't think a lot of us saw it. We're back there covering and looking at receivers. I looked up and it's like ‘Hey we scored a touchdown'. Any time as a defense you can get points, you like that. We were able to get points, score a touchdown. The Chicago defense has been getting a lot of turnovers and scoring points, one thing we wanted to emphasize this game was to have more turnovers than their defense. We were able to do that today."
BEARS HEAD COACH MARC TRESTMAN
Opening statement: "I want to start off by saying congratulations to the Detroit Lions, they played a very, very good football game today. They won all three phases and they deserved to win the game. At halftime we got together and talked to our team about there will be a time just like this, where the game appeared to be out of hand and we decided that we were going to collect ourselves and play the next thirty minutes and see more about ourselves. I think we did, there are no moral victories but I thought our guys played tough for the last thirty minutes. I know the staff appreciated that. We win and lose as a team, all that starts with me, we will go back to work tomorrow. We won't change the way we do business, we will go back to work and get the things done we think we need to do to get better as a football team. You can't have four turnovers, it gave our defense a short field, and expect to be able to stop people. We didn't do a good job on first and second down stopping the Lions but we did a good job on third down but it wasn't it enough. Special situations on offense, we weren't productive at all on third down and we weren't as productive as we needed to be in the red zone. A combination of turnovers and a combination of not being able to convert in the red zone or on third down offensively, it gave our defense a short field and their return obviously gave us a short field as well. It's a team loss, we have to move forward, we have to do that and start tomorrow and get back to work and getting on to the next game."
On the decisions QB Jay Cutler made: "I don't think they were about decisions. I think the first throw was right where it was meant to be and I thought the safety made a very good play. The second throw was an under throw, he just didn't get his feet set. He had one-on-one coverage outside and under threw Alshon (Jeffery). The third one to my recollection was that he scrambled to his right and threw the ball down the middle and again just didn't set his feet and the ball went high. We had a wide open player down the middle, we had a one-on-one contested throw situation on the sidelines and we lost the ball when he held it a little bit too long on the blind side pursuit. I thought he threw the ball well today if we take those three plays out of the game. I thought he was extremely accurate, he had some dropped balls in the game, we normally don't drop any balls, I think we dropped two or three. In his defense, if he puts that ball to Alshon he has a chance down our sideline. 26 (Louis Delmas) made a heck of a play. He shouldn't have been in the picture and it was well-located on his right hip of Alshon. We can't turn the ball over, we know that but it wasn't about decision making. I think it was more about the fundamentals of finishing the two throws which were both high."
On his message to Cutler after a game like this: "I thought he played tough and courageously through the game. The game got out of hand because of the turnovers, we had throw it more than we like, we got the ball to Matt (Forte) but weren't able to run the football and balance the game out and take that pass rush off of him. I thought the line overall played well. It's a very difficult team to stop, there were two sacks but overall I thought they did a very good job under some real stressful conditions. The big thing was third down. I think we were o-for on third down and that starts with me. We have to do a better job there to put Jay in a position. We have done well on third down in the last few weeks. We did horribly today and again that starts with me. I have to do a better job."
On if he has a better idea of the team after a game like this: "I watched the demeanor of our football team on the sideline in the last thirty minutes of the game and I thought it was excellent. Guys were fighting, guys were in it, they were focused, there was a sense of urgency there. There wasn't any that were looking around for somebody to talk to, they were in it. I think that's a good sign. As we said coming out (of the half) we are going to find out more about ourselves and we did today. I think that backbone is going to help us. We are going to be in other games like this and that kind of backbone is going to help us down the road."
BEARS QB JAY CUTLER
On how tough it is for the team when they need three scores in three minutes: "It's tough. I thought the defense did a good job. They held them to field goals and I have to give us a better chance to win, I mean three picks, it's hard to come back from that. Have to play better, I felt good about my decision-making, I just missed the throws. They made a great play on the first one and then I under threw B (Brandon Marshall) and over threw Alshon (Jeffery). They are throws I'm accustomed to making, I just have to make them. I thought the offensive line battled all day long and did a great job, especially in the passing situations we were in. We got slowed down due to my turnovers and we just have to do a better job."
On what he attributes to the missed throws: "I don't know, I have to go back and look at it. I was falling back on the one to B (Brandon Marshall), I felt good about the one to Alshon it just sailed on me. I'll have to look at it and be careful with the ball, both of them were open."
On the fumble: "Yeah I was just waiting. They played zone coverage and just dropped them out of there and didn't like the first look and B (Brandon Marshall) was trying to work back out. Three step drop for those guys up front, they think the ball is going to be gone quickly, got away with it a few times with me moving back there and they held up but that's on me."
On if the Lions changed defensive looks: "It's nothing we haven't seen before. I thought the play calling was good, we were attacking them. It's just when you give up those kinds of turnovers, it's hard on the defense. I thought the offensive line handled the change of fronts that we saw, they didn't blitz as much today, we saw a lot of zone coverage behind. A few man plays that we were able to take advantage of. We missed some stuff in the first half but three picks and a fumble, it's hard to come back from those mistakes."
BEARS RB MATT FORTÉ
On the most disappointing thing about the loss: "I'm more disappointed that it's a divisional opponent that we lost to. We faced some adversity. We have to get the next one when we face them. That's what's most disappointing thing about it is that the Lions are a divisional opponent. You don't want to lose those games."
On the third-down difficulties: "There wasn't really a difficulty. Either we didn't execute on the play or we didn't give Jay (Cutler) enough time to throw the ball. We shot ourselves in the foot. Give credit to them for giving a great rush in the front, but we didn't do our part."
On the disappointment with not being able to protect the ball: "Very disappointing. That is what we talked about every week. We have to protect the ball as an offense and then the defense takes it away. When you don't win that battle out there, you usually don't win a ring."
On Lions RB Reggie Bush: "He did a great job. He ran the ball well, caught the ball in the backfield. He obviously had it planned going through the game. We didn't really stop his run."
On what he saw on his long touchdown run: "I saw a huge hole. I'm thankful for our receivers out there working hard for me when I caught the ball. That was a great play call by the way. I caught the ball out of the backfield and the defensive ends squeezed down so I had an alley to run through. Actually Alshon (Jeffery) blocked his guy in to the safety and Brandon (Marshall) sealed his guy on the outside so it was just a big hole. I credit that to Alshon. Some guys did a big play like that, then they come out of the game. He stayed with him and he works hard like that at practice every day too. The credit on that touchdown really goes to him and everybody who was looking in front of me."
BEARS WR ALSHON JEFFERY
On if he feels like he was able to make big plays: "I made some good plays, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. All I'm concerned about is the ‘W.' I'm not worrying about what I did. It's a team sport."
On if he or Lions S Louis Delmas recovered the football on the interception: "He broke on the play, he made a great play. I'm going to give credit to him, it was a great play by him."
On if the football touched his hands before it was intercepted by Delmas: "It was a bang-bang play. It hit my hands and then he just came…it was a bang-bang play."
On what the Bears will do differently when they play the Lions again: "We're not going to talk about that. Right now, I'm just focused on the Saints. That's who we're playing next."
BEARS CB CHARLES TILLMAN
On what broke down defensively that allowed Lions RB Reggie Bush to have a big game: "I think we just missed a lot of tackles. And he did a good job of making his moves. You have to give credit where credit is due. He's a good back."
On if he is concerned with the Bears' defense giving up a lot of points: "I don't know if I'd use the word ‘concerned.' I think if you can generate takeaways, that's the equalizer. You can give up as many points as you want, as long as you continue to take the ball away. Statistically, being plus one 70%, plus two 80(%), plus three, 95, 100%. I still think that's the key."
On the Lions' momentum in the second quarter: "They were just making plays and they played good today. They outplayed us, so they deserved the victory."
On the Lions' offense looking different with Bush: "I think it's the same offense, he just had a hell of a day at the office. I tip my hat to him. He did a good job of running the ball. Good day for him."
BEARS S MAJOR WRIGHT
On what was difficult in today's game: "Tackling. Defense, we definitely need to go out and make our tackles. With a good back like Reggie Bush you can't let him get in the open field and having the field like he did."
On what he expected from the Lions: "We expected their best shot. They came out and started fast. We have to start fast with them. Match our momentum with theirs and we definitely didn't do that. Go back and get better."
On if the addition of RB Reggie Bush makes the Lions different from last season: "It's the same team, but he adds more. He adds more to the offense and the mismatch with a couple of guys. He definitely has a lot to offer to that offense."
On if noise level from the fans played any part in their loss: "No. Fans didn't play any part. It's just all us. On defense we have to tackle and get off the field."
On if anyone can contain Bush: "He definitely can get to the back and get some second level. It's just tackling him. If we don't tackle we got trouble, especially with a back like that. Today he came out and had a good game because we didn't tackle him."
On if Bush's confidence makes him a better running back: "Reggie Bush is special. He has speed. He can shake you. He can do everything."