January 31, 2006
Bears' cornerback the reason for Smith's big game
DETROIT - Interesting scene from one of the main Super Bowl hotels:
While lifting weights, a member of the Chicago Bears starting defense began talking about the NFC divisional playoff loss to the Panthers. The player took strong exception when it was suggested Carolina's Steve Smith had an "out of this world" game.
"Steve Smith wasn't out of this world," the player said. "Our cornerback was out of this world. He fell down on the second play and didn't know where he was after that."
The reference was to Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman, who slipped on the second play, allowing Smith to score a touchdown.
The player went on to suggest that Chicago's defense, which had drawn comparisons to the 1985 Bears, got too full of itself. He said some of the trash talking done by the defense before the game got the Panthers fired up.
He also added the defense should be humbled by that loss and start from square one next season.
Posted by Observer Sports on January 31, 2006 at 07:01 PM | Permalink
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