Monday, Sept. 12, 2011
Posted: 3:12 p.m.
By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com Bears Insider Follow @CSNMoonMullin
The weekly question about the Bears, win or lose, invariably is how good are they, really. Its not a question in the mind of someone who has seen a few teams.
This is the best football team that Ive been a part of, said wide receiver Roy Williams. The scope of his experience with good football teams is problematic, given that hes played for the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, the first underwhelming, the latter underachieving.
But Williams perspectives involve more than just an assessment of talent, coaching, schemes, etc. Its how the Bears do what they do.
You wouldnt think it during the week; guys are joking, playing games, having fun, but in between the whistles, they play, Williams said. Ive never seen that before. Its great to be a part of it. This is a good football team.
Coach Lovie Smith has said that, with conviction, on many occasions. But he reserves best distinctions (he did tell CSNChicago.com before lastseason that the 2010 team felt like the best in his then-seven years as Bears coach). And in a number of areas, like the offensive line, were not Super Bowl ready or anything like that, Smith said. Were just getting started.
Not all the games count, but Sundays defeat was the sixth in a row for the Falcons, beginning with their loss to Green Bay in the 2010 divisional playoffs and running through an 0-4 preseason.
Right guard Lance Louis was forced out of the game and into a plastic walking boot after the game and his status as well as that of all the injured players wont be coming into focus until later in the week. Chris Spencer, who works almost exclusively at center overall, went in for Louis and played well. But whether the Bears leave Spencer and center Roberto Garza, whos played most of his career at guard, in place will remain a secret.
If Lance cant go this week, well have decisions to make, Lovie Smith said. But it gives us a lot of flexibility when two of our players can play both positions....
Roy Williams' groin injury, suffered after a fourth-quarter reception, will be evaluated as the week plays out, as is the case with injured running back Marion Barber (calf).
Wide receiver Sam Hurd (ankle) and defensive end Corey Wootton (knee) were inactive Sunday but are expected to be available next Sunday.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.