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Goodbye, for now

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

Yes, this Bear is down. Cue the fat lady, my season is officially over.

During the first series of the second half, I broke my leg. It was a very small crack, something that will be healed in a few weeks. The season has only two weeks in it so I will not be healed in time to finish it out.

Where do I begin?

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Moot point

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

It's now official. The playoffs have been mathematically eliminated from our season.

Some may say that this season was over weeks ago. I disagree with that statement but my opinion is moot at this point. At the end of the day it comes down to wins and losses.

In 13 games we have collected 8 losses. Not good at all. The saying goes, "you get what you deserve."   

I can apologize until I am blue in the face but the truth is Chicago deserves better. This team deserves better. We are better than our record indicates.
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Old school football

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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At the end of the day winning is the best feeling in the world. It seems like it has been forever since we've been able to scratch a notch in the win column.

This past Sunday, we played old school style of football. We ran the ball, played good defense and did not turn the ball over. With the addition of the cold weather, it was good old fashioned Chicago-style football.   

For us to finish on a positive note we have to continue to play this way, aggressive and relentless with minimal mistakes. With Green Bay coming in, that is the recipe for success.

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Black clouds

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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What can I say? Boy, are we letting Coach Smith down.

There aren't many quality coaches like him in any sport. The overall morale of the league suffers when coaches like him don't win.

A coach who preaches hard work, loyalty and treats his players like men. It's a bloody shame. It's almost time to take my microphone away.

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Keep the turkey, season isn't done

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

Six games left in the season and to date, things haven't gone as planned.

After 10 games we are 4-6. Four and Six. 4 wins and 6 losses. Anyway you say it, our current record is undesirable.

If you asked anyone on the team if they saw this coming the answer would be an astounding ... NO!!
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Every game is a fight!

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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What can I say? I am watching the Pacquiao vs. Cotto boxing fight.  (I hope Pacquiao wins) and all I can do is think about this season. 

The product on the field has not been Chicago quality. This season is and has been very frustrating for everyone involved . . . players, coaches and fans. If you can take one and only one positive from this loss it is the fact that this team never gave up.  

Losing to the 49ers was very humbling. We needed that win badly. We all knew that going into the game and we still couldn't pull it out. That hurts.

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Let's play Jeopardy

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

After a game like that you have to thank God for your blessings. I need to find the positives in my life right now, since football is a source of frustration.

Well, let's see...I have my health. Family is good. I live in the best country in the world. I have a degree in English from Indiana University. I have an amazing job.

OK, this isn't helping.

We let a lot of people down on Sunday. The city of Chicago, the fans and most importantly...ourselves.  

Let's play Jeopardy for a second. I choose "Bears vs. Cardinals" for $500.

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Back on track but much more work to do

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Before I talk about the game and getting back on track I will talk to you about something weird.

Three weeks ago the whole defensive line went out for dinner and some good old fashion male bonding. We started off watching Monday Night Football at a sports bar named Cagney's. Then we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, Sunda. Food was 5 star as usual.

After dinner the married guys went home and the rest of us attempted to get into a club named Stay. When we got there, the GM said the Edmonton Oilers were expected to arrive and they weren't letting ANYONE else in. As they explained to us why we couldn't get in, they let in three groups of people right in front of us.

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Talk is cheap

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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This blog will be the hardest blog I have written to date. I really don't want to write it.

I don't know what team that was on Sunday but that wasn't the Chicago Bears.

With that said, "Talk is Cheap". We didn't show up on Sunday. Point blank ... we got embarrassed. Words can't describe my frustration.

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Forget next year, I want to talk about this year

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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So, we lose the game and the only thing reporters want to talk about is the trade for Gaines Adams.

"How does this affect you?" "Do you think you are in the Bears future plans", etc. etc.  

Are you serious? We just lost the biggest game to date of our young season and that's what they want to discuss. How about the things that really matter; the loss, the game or the fact that I need to play better.

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Ask Wale: Chili, holding calls and where will Wale play next year?

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Hi Wale, just wanted to let you know that we've created an Honor Chili for you and teammate Israel Idonije at our website - www.chicagofootballchili.com. It's a Nigerian-themed chili, inspired by suya and served over jollof rice.  We hope you like it. - Chili Dan and Chili Dawn

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The Bears will have the last laugh

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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YAWN!!

That's me waking up on my off days this past week. I needed the rest. This past Sunday, Minnesota won and they are now 5-0. They looked good.

Detroit lost and are still searching for their second win of the season.  They played Pittsburgh tough.

Lastly, the Green Bay Packers had their bye week. I am sure they needed the rest as much as we did. (In football we all look forward to the bye week, no matter when it is.)

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Ask Wale: Remembering Spanish class at IU, Super Bowl chatter and the Section 120 salute

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Hi Wale. I hope all is well with you. I have to say that I never would have imagined my partner in Spanish Class at IU would end up being my favorite player to watch on Sunday. It is so cool to see you out there doing your thing with my hometown team, the Bears. My roommates from school often ask me if I kept in touch with you and I regrettably say no each time. I heard about your blog and figured I would drop you a line to say hello and keep up the outstanding work of being a great football player and a wonderful role model for all of today's youth and fans. You certainly have made a lot of people proud. Take care of yourself and good luck this weekend.

PS- The only game I can make this year at IU will be the oaken bucket. Hopefully we can take the boilers to the house!

Hope to hear from you. - Rob, Valparaiso, IN

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3 - 1 going into the bye

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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The bye week couldn't come at a better time. We are banged up. These next two weeks are going to be huge for this team. By the time we line up against the Atlanta Falcons we should have most of our guys back. I am looking forward to the rest. I will be headed to NY to see my older sister get married. Not sure how much fun I will have but all my family will be together. That's always a good thing.

Ok...Ok, the Lions game.
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Ask Wale: Dealing with hostile fans, best teammates ever, and why No. 93?

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Big win, Adewale! Congrats. My question is concerning team shenanigans. Who plays the most pranks on road trips and who is usually the unsuspecting victim? Also, from a defensive lineman's standpoint, do you prefer playing on fake or real turf (and is Soldier Field's turf really that bad??) Thanks! Welcome Stafford to the NFL on Sunday, courtesy of Chicago! - Steve Contorno

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Another nailbiter...

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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All I can say is thank GOD! What a game.

I have to give credit to the whole team, we fought together and never gave up. After the down to the wire game against Pittsburgh, it would have been easy for us to have a let down against the Seahawks.

Winning our first NFC game and winning on the road is huge. Great teams travel well and find ways to win on the road.

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Ask Wale: Hasselbeck, great books and Alex Brown's hands

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Would you prefer to play your home games on the worst grass field in the NFL or a first class artificial surface? - Michael Halatek, Monroe, WI

WALE SAYS: I would prefer to play on first class grass at home.


Wale, will you guys prepare any differently for the Seahawks knowing that Hasselbeck will probably be out? Thanks - Go IU! - David A. Anderson

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Boo birds ... we don't need that. Fly south for the season

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Now, that's more like it! Our first win of the year against the defending Super Bowl champs.

As a fan, that game had to be great to watch. It had an old school feel to it. The game was high intensity and very physical. The key to that game was not giving up and believing in each other.

Creating two turnovers and the fact that the offense never gave the ball away helped tremendously. That was a complete reversal of the Green Bay game. The team that wins the turnover battle has a better chance of winning the game.

On defense, it was weird not having No. 54 out there with us. My hat goes off to everyone on defense. We all picked up the slack.

But Hunter gets a bigger pat on the back for doing a tremendous job. It's not easy stepping in for a a player like Brian but he did and things went well.

Offense looked good. The Steelers defense threw everything they had at them. Jay Cutler and the rest of the boys never blinked. They just kept grinding and it paid off. I am happy for the team and for the city. We should never lose at home.  

Speaking of home, I can't believe the fans that booed us. I know I am talking to a select few but please tell those fans to stay home. How can we have home field advantage if the other team feels the disbelief from the crowd. Teams sense that and feed off it.

Please don't ever give up. Always keep the faith. This is your team and your city.

Next up: Seattle Seahawks. They are an NFC team and a very good team at that. This will be another great test for us. Great teams have to travel and play well on the road.  Going 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference is our only option. We need our best week of practice yet.

Till next time, BEAR DOWN!!!

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Ask Wale: Steelers' defense, longer NFL season and Packers' recap

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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I am a Bears fan in West Virginia and this is Steeler country. I have been waiting on this game, every since the Steelers beat us down 4 years ago. My question is do you remember that game? And if so, do you all use that as a motivation even though it was a few years back? I know I remember it and it seemed as if they was just more physical. I say its payback time! Bear Down on the Steelers. - Thanks, Charles McCroskey

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No TIME to feel sorry for ourselves...Big Ben is coming

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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That's as tough a loss as I have ever experienced here in Chicago. It seems we did everything possible to give that game away. Can't win turning the ball over and can't win without forcing any turnovers.

As good as the defense played last night, we flustered when it counted the most. That is UNACCEPTABLE! Losing is UNACCEPTABLE! Losing to the Green Bay Packers is UNACCEPTABLE! Hats off to the Packers, they deserved the win.

We weren't able to match their defense when it came to turning the ball over. They gave their offense great field position all day.

The one positive about the game is that it was only our first game and we will bounce back. All of our goals, except for going undefeated are still attainable. We don't have any time to feel sorry for ourselves.

The defending World Champs are coming to town this weekend. They played last Thursday, which means they will have had three extra days to prepare for us by the time Sunday rolls around.

With that said, the Packer game is forgotten for now. We will see them again, down the road. We have watched the film and corrected the mistakes.

Each man has to look inside and realize that the effort we gave on Sunday wasn't good enough for a win. So, starting with myself, I vow to get refocused and do the things needed to help this team win.

Sunday won't come soon enough. Bear Down!!!

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Ask Wale: Negative comments, the Soldier Field turf and how to use Devin Hester

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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I think you and Alex Brown don't get a lot of credit. You two play with so much passion on both sides of the ball. Do you use all that negative comments for motivation for your games and does it pump you up? I also appreciate you always opening up and talk to us after games and practice when we see you. It means a lot, keep it up 93. Alot of you guys are great people on and off the field. Thanks in advance for your response. - Terrence Thompson, Romeoville

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My promise, Chicago Bears fans: You will not be disappointed

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Pop quiz, tell me the preseason record of the 2008 World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. (Insert Jeopardy game show music here) Ok . . . time is up.

The answer is 3-1. I know the preseason doesn't count for anything during the regular season but it sets the tone. We were able to finish on a great note with a win last Thursday against the Cleveland Browns and finish the preseason 3-1.

Always good to create a winning culture heading into the regular season. It's great for the team but especially for the younger players to feel the high of winning no matter if it's preseason or the regular season.

Speaking of regular season, next Sunday can't come soon enough. We head up to play the Green Bay Packers. I am so excited.

They looked pretty good in their preseason games. The NFC North as a whole will be a very tough division this year. Minnesota, the reigning division champs were tough before with Adrian Peterson but now with the addition of Favre they will be better.

Detroit has no place to go but up. So we will have to bring our A game every single Sunday, Monday or Thursday we play this year.

I truly believe we are ready. Even though we lost Dusty and Kevin for the season, we are fairly healthy as a team. We have great depth and we shouldn't miss a beat.

I am getting goose bumps as I write this blog. I have my play lists ready for my pre-game music. Raekwon has a new CD out it's hot. I will be listening to that all year.

Bears fans are getting me amped up too! I can't go anywhere in the city without someone expressing their excitement. You will not be disappointed. We begin the season with a road game in Wisconsin and we will end with a road game in Florida. The countdown to Miami has begun.

Bear Down!!!

Ask Wale: No pressure, just thinking about Super Bowl

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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With so much inexperience and youth in the defensive secondary and so much money invested in the defensive line, do you guys feel pressure to make up for what was an undeniably lackluster 2008 performance? - Jeff Hughes, Da' Bears Blog

WALE SAYS: To be honest with you Jeff, I feel pressure to perform at a high level every year. I am not even thinking about the past. What I am thinking about is winning that Super Bowl in Miami. The only way to get there is this team playing together.


Wassup my man? You are one of my favorite players on the Bears. Question, why does the Bears Cover-2 defense looks so much different from other teams. I know there has been some coverage issues but to have a QB complete all his passes and then the backup comes in com plete all his passes except a couple is not acceptable. Michael A. Hall

WALE SAYS:Hey Michael, glad to hear you are a fan. Now, let's get to your question. Not sure who or what you are talking about but I don't like the QB completing passes either. I really think you will like what you see this year. The Defensive Line has been correcting the mistakes we made last year and as a whole unit, we are flying. Stay tuned, which I am sure you will do.


You probably been asked this before but who's your favorite QB to go against? -- Ian Heicken

WALE SAYS:I want to thank you Ian. I love questions that are not negative. Positive breeds positive. My favorite QB to face is probably Peyton Manning. He is the only QB that really scares me. I get super pumped to face him.


How do you see the defense getting back to a couple of years ago when you guys dominated? - Alan Thavisouk

WALE SAYS: Well Alan, I think hard work is the only way to get the results you want and we've been working hard. This is the first year in 10 that I don't remember taking a break. This off season was big for us. We have been seeing the fruits of our labor these past two preseason games.

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Obnoxious Broncos fans couldn't stop OUR QB

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Preseason seems so long. Can't wait for the real thing. We played well against Denver. We are still not where we need to be but we were able to take more positives than negatives away from last night's game.

Glad we were able to win the game for our team but more importantly for Jay Cutler. It was good to show him we had his back. The fans were obnoxious towards him.

Crazy to see how people behave in that fashion. I have never understood the mentality "I pay for the ticket so I can hurl insults at the players." That should have no place in our society.

Booing is OK, but personal insults...not cool! At the end of the day we are all humans. Jay handled himself like a pro. Glad he is on our side now.

Side note: please to all our fans...no punching, hitting or slapping when you see us out in public or after a game. I know we are big and strong but some of you don't know your own strength. A simple handshake or fist bump is fine with me. OK?

These next two weeks we will be focusing on Green Bay. (Honestly we've been preparing for Green Bay since the schedule came out in April).

Even though we play Cleveland on Thursday, both teams will be preparing for their September 13th games, so not much game planning will be going on. The younger players will be playing the majority of the Cleveland game.

Haven't been able to watch much of the Packers' games but from the look of the scoreboards it seems they are playing well and scoring points. Our plate will be full heading up to cheesehead country but we should be up to the task.

Next time I write the 53-man roster will be set and your 2009 Chicago Bears team will be complete.

Till then, Bear Down!
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We own Soldier Field, now let's go stomp the Broncos

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Here I am making life miserable on Saturday night for Eli Manning. (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)

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There is no place like home.

I stated in my last blog that this week against the Giants we want to see improvement over the Buffalo Bills game. We did that.
 
On defense we did some great things; we were aggressive and our effort as a unit was pretty good. I keep talking about playing at a championship level. We took a step in that direction.

The NY Giants were a big physical team but we were able to match them. I try not to focus too much on what our offense does but boy, they looked good.

The offensive line played extremely well against a defensive line that many are calling the best in the league. Jay looked like a Pro Bowl Quarterback and Matt Forte was right back where he left off.

With all that said, we still have to play better. We didn't force any turnovers and we missed too many tackles on defense.  I am sure if you asked anyone on offense or special teams, they would say the same thing, "we have to play better."

If we continue to improve and cut down our mistakes we will be tough to deal with. Imagine coming to Chicago as an opposing team and dealing with a dominate defense, a balanced offense, league leading special teams, weather (in winter) and crazed fans. 

That's the winning formula at home.  The next step is taking that formula and making it work for us on the road. 
 
Sunday night we play the Broncos in Denver. This game is big for a number of reasons:

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Preseason or not, loss is a disgusting feeling

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Anytime they keep score, you want to win. That goal wasn't accomplished on Saturday night versus the Buffalo Bills. I will try my best to never give an excuse or explanation for a loss.

At the end of the day it's pretty simple ... they won and we lost. I hate losing. It's a disgusting feeling. I will be miserable all week.

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The fans turn: Q&A with Adewale

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

Hey Bears fans,

Every week during camp and the regular season I'll be answering questions about the team, life in the NFL and whatever else is on your mind. Please email me at adewaleogunleye93@yahoo.com.

Now, on to the questions!


To what do you attribute the D lines decrease in production from Sacks to Tackles for loss in the past two seasons, and what must you guys do to change this? - Christopher W. Knop

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Enough practice, bring on the Bills!

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Camp is going on two weeks. I am real happy with the progress we have made. You can see the team we are starting to become.

There have been a few scuffles this past week. Scuffles are a good sign that we are ready to face another team. We are definitely getting tired of hitting each other. Saturday won't come soon enough when we face the Buffalo Bills.

Sunday night, I watched the Bills play the Titans in the Hall of Fame game. Gotta hand it to Coach Fisher, that fake punt for a TD was great!  The starters played very little, as expected. Not sure how much we will play on Saturday night but I will prepare like I am playing the whole game.

Speaking of the Hall of Fame, I would like to personally congratulate all of the inductees. What an elite group. As a defensive player this was an exciting group. Rod Woodson, Derrick Thomas and The Great Bruce Smith. Whoa!

To Whom This May Concern: it's time for Richard Dent to have his bust enshrined in the HOF. This is overdue. I believe we (Bears) have a few guys that are on the right track now to make it in the HOF in the future. I won't say any names but Bears fans know who I am talking about.

See you fans at the game. Time to Bear Down!!!!! 

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Bears fans, it's time to get serious

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Can't believe training camp is upon us. Maybe I should believe it. I haven't played a real game in a long time.

It feels as if I have been running, lifting, stretching, dieting and studying for the 2009 season since we lost to the Houston Texans on Dec 28, 2008.

This off season I had my fun. I traveled to Nigeria, to The Caribbean, to Europe and all over the United States. Wherever I went, my mind was never away from football. Never away from this Bears team.

I attended every OTA, every workout and every practice. I cut out any event or meeting that would take me away from my workouts.I see the Elephant in the room. 2009 has to be a great year for the Bears for too many reason to mention.

What a special bunch of guys I play with. I enjoyed my time away from the guys working out on my own, all the while knowing all of my teammates are doing the same thing wherever they were. Even though separate, all working for one goal. Super Bowl.

So Training Camp is it fun? Absolutely not. But it's a necessity. We use it as a tool to get us on our way to winning the SUPER BOWL!!!
 
Bear Down!!!
 
 

Ask Adewale

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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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E-mail me at adewaleogunleye93@yahoo.com. I will be answering your questions about the Bears and life in the NFL every week on my blog.



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