Cutler: "we just kept hitting them and hitting them and hitting them"
When it was "Gut Check Time" this team had what it takes to be a winner.
This team is definitely a work-in-progress. But great teams find a way to win, especially on days where everything goes wrong. I think that says a lot about the "heart" of the players on this Bears team, and about the coaching staff.
My son had made a good observation yesterday. As we were leaving Soldier Field he said we were really blessed the way our schedule was this year. With the exception of going to Lambeau in week-2, we've had easier opponents this first half of the season, and that has given the team a GREAT opportunity to get ready for the tough opponents coming in the second half of the season.
This team has had a lot of changes this past off-season (we all know that), and it's been a great opportunity for the team to adjust to the new key personnel, the new OC, the new playbook. These are changes that sometimes take more than 1 season to adjust to. But I believe this team will continue to improve and adjust, all the way to the playoffs. And at that point, it will be ready to make a serious Super Bowl run. This year.
LINK to the article Ugly win a welcome result for Bears
The Panthers did what losing teams do in squandering a 19-7 lead in the fourth quarter.
"Those first 31/2 quarters were just ugly," said Cutler, who added that the bruised ribs he suffered Monday against the Lions were not an issue.
Gould missed a 33-yard field goal at the start of the fourth quarter, but after a defensive stop, Cutler connected with Davis for the touchdown.
On the next play from scrimmage, Steve Smith slipped, and Jennings hauled in a high pass for an easy pick and score. It was the Bears' sixth interception return for a touchdown, a club record for a season and an NFL record through seven games.
Suddenly, the Bears led in a game that looked lost. Driving for the victory, Newton (20 of 39, 314 yards) missed Smith (seven catches, 118 yards) in the end zone, and the Bears needed only a Gould field goal to win after Medlock's 45-yarder.
What happened looked as easy as pitch-and-catch. Cutler, who finished 19 of 28 for 186 yards, hit four passes to Brandon Marshall and one to Earl Bennett. They were quick slants that easily moved the Bears downfield.
"They were playing one coverage, and we just kept hitting them and hitting them and hitting them," Cutler said. "That's pretty much it."
That is exactly how the Panthers (1-6) felt. http://www.trbimg.com/img-1351460985...028143259/1483