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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.

Question ... what's up with that? The Edmonton Oilers over the Chicago Bears in Chicago. I won't say what I think the real problem was but it's safe to say we will never be back there ... EVER!

Now, the Cleveland game and getting back on track. In my last blog, I stated how hard it was for me to write especially after that embarrassing game. Well, the week did not get any better.

Watching film and practicing was no joke. The coaches, the media, the fans were pretty hard on us. We as players were very critical of each other. No feelings were spared. Seems like the tough love worked.

Defensively, we created a season high, 5 turnovers. We held the Browns to 6 points and they were 1 for 11 on third downs. Those both were season bests for this defense.

If you create turnovers and play third down defense the way we did, it's hard to lose. Offensively, we weren't able to convert in the red zone like we would liked but we were able to do some good things.

It was great seeing Forte run into the end zone. Special Teams was solid. They kept one of the best returners in the NFL on lock down all game. Now that everyone has been patted on the back it's time to crash back to reality. We have two games in the next 10 days. (Whoa, does anyone have Advil!)

First up, last year's Super Bowl runner's up, the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals receiving core is the best in the NFL, bar none!! We really have to be on our job against them or it won't be pretty.

Playoffs are gained or lost in November and December. We took a big step forward but we know the meat of the schedule is barreling down the track.

Time to put the blinders and the hard hats on and hit these teams head on. BEAR DOWN!!!

P.S. Indiana, o Indiana. I feel for those men. It's hard to beat the #4 team in the country when you have to beat the refs too. It's a shame.

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wrecksgrossman said:

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Wale, I know you were part of that miraculous win against the Cards in '06 and I know you guys can do it again. Also, who the #%@$ are the Edmonton Oilers? Do they know who you are? Screw them. The ONLY team that matters is the Bears. Believe you can win, and you will. All you guys gotta do is win this week, and then go from there.

sjvl said:

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"THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!!!!!"

...music to my ears. Let's make them feel that way again this weekend, Wale!!

Just take it one game at a time and remember (although it must be tough with all the negative press and fan comments) that there are Bears fans out here who will never give up. Supporting you 110% this weekend and every game. GO BEARS!!!

Dmband said:

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Wale-

Dont sweat it...there's a reason why that place is called Stay...once you actually go there, you want to get the hell out of there, and that's their way of convincing you...

Always fun seeing those pretentious clubs get shut down after 6 months...

IrishSweetness said:

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"Watching film and practicing was no joke. The coaches, the media, the fans were pretty hard on us. We as players were very critical of each other. No feelings were spared. Seems like the tough love worked."

Scratch that, man. We're not going to the playoffs with that defensive trainwreck. Have to give Jay a chance. Handcuff Tommie Harris to Lovie Smith and throw them in the airlock with angelo, RT et al ...

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