Sunday, Nov. 29, 2010
By John MullinCSNChicago.com
So much grumpiness going around after the Bears 31-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Bears arent happy that they were ever doubted. But the Eagles? Theyre just downright fuming that they lost to an inferior team that knows darn well which was the better team on Sunday.
Left tackle Jason Peters declared that the Bears know that were the better team and they got the victory. We let the game get away. Hopefully well see them again and battle from there.
Peters perspective on letting the game get away is mildly curious if only because the Eagles led 3-0 midway through the first quarter and then never again.
Brandon Graham scoffed at a question of whether the Eagles were still the better team. Oh yeah, stated the rookie linebacker with exactly 11 games of NFL experience on which to base evaluations. We just got to play like it.
Very meaningful insight there.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson was a member of the secondary that allowed four touchdown passes so he certainly was in position to offer knowledgeable critiques of the Chicago offense.
The Bears were just playing it safe, Patterson said. It wasnt a bunch of 30- or 40-yard passes. It was missed tackles and a lot of short routes.
A lot of people said that about the West Coast offense the San Francisco 49ers ran back in the 1980s too. But Dimitris declaration was that all those 15 and 20-yard gains came off missed tackles.
A casual guess is that Lovie Smith and his staff will read some of these grumps to his players. Maybe hell allude to Michael Vicks assessment, after first complimenting the victors, that we the Eagles just beat ourselves.
Well, at least the Bears were happy with the outcome. Or were they? At least theyre 8-3 and winners of four straight, so you can only be so grumpy when thats your situation.
You didnt see that game, safety Chris Harris deadpanned. Were still not as good as you think we arent.
But arent you possibly the best team in the NFC now?
No, not us, Harris joked. Were not the best team in the NFC. Were an average team in the NFC. Were going to just keep chopping wood.
The doubters arent in this locker room playing football. We believe in ourselves, believe we have a good football team and have been saying that since week one. Everybodys been saying we have a weak schedule, whatever the case may be. But we know what we have in this locker room.
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.