DT Tommie Harris might have said it best afterward: "I believe the display today was not up to our liking. For Dallas, we've got to bring this up. It's a sad thing when you win and you're still disappointed."
Harris' remarks were about the defense and the high expectations that unit holds for itself, but they can be applied across the board. He talked openly about Miami early last season in postgame gatherings, but you don't hear a soul mentioning Glendale, Ariz. right now.
Still, a win is a win. Let's jump into a half-dozen observations from the 20-10 victory over Kansas City:
1. Had a nice visit with No. 46 Doug Plank before the game. Plank does color work for a national radio broadcasting outfit and was in town. He's interested in getting into the NFL coaching ranks. He's the head coach of the Georgia Force in the AFL after serving as the defensive coordinator in Arizona for years. Plank was named the AFL's Coach of the Year in 2005 as he led Georgia to ArenaBowl XIX in his first year at the helm. His team was upset in the playoffs this past season.
He's got some experience. Now he just needs a shot at the NFL level. Mike Singletary is paying his dues working his way up the ladder, so why can't Plank?
2. Between Rex Grossman and Ron Turner, the two of them have to do a better job of getting the ball to WR Bernard Berrian in the open field. Berrian is the most explosive player on offense, maybe the only explosive player on offense, and he's got a long grab of 21 yards through two games. Sure, defenses are going to give safety help over the top, but the offense needs Berrian to step up in a big way.
3. Lance Briggs has yet to express himself in words other than the two-minute statement he made after zooming off the Edens Expwy., but he's letting his play speak for himself. The WLB was all over the field again against Kansas City and he showed up in vritually every category with a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and more. Don't be surprised if he gets 15 tackles when coaches finish going over the tape. Briggs wants that huge pay day and he's going to land it with this kind of play.
4. Derrick Johnson is an awful lot of fun to watch. Sometimes you don't get to see a lot of AFC players, but the 15th pick in the 2005 draft is terrific. Johnson has tremendous closing speed and was making plays all over the field, like Briggs. He picked up two sacks and this is a guy who could be headed to Hawaii. Terrific range and a real nose for the ball.
5. When is Devin Hester going to cost an opposing special teams coach his job? Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said KC was doing all it could to kick away from Hester. One 73-yard punt return and a 95-yard kickoff return wiped out by penalty later, you could have fooled me.
But in all seriousness, Hester is going to get the ball in his hands. When an opponent is backed up deep in its own end, as the Chiefs were on their own 25 when when Dustin Colquitt punted to Hester on the touchdown, the ball is going to come to him. Colquitt's mistake was sacrificing hang time for distance. What do you bet the Bears lead the league in touchbacks by opposing punters at the end of the season?
6. Charles Tillman had himself a nice tuneup for the Dallas game. The Bears on occasion would move their corners to match up with a receiver last season, and it's a good bet they mark Terrell Owens with Tillman next Sunday night. He made a terrific play to knock a touchdown away from Samie Parker with his right hand, leading to Danieal Manning's interception, and had another pass breakup to go with six tackles and a forced fumble.
Many thought Tillman was deserving of the Pro Bowl last season. A big game on NBC Sunday night against a big-time player in T.O. will go a long way toward punching his ticket for Honolulu.