Couple notes and quotes here to start off the day ...
Panthers coach John Fox on his impressions of the Bears defense against Indianapolis:
"They ran a lot more one deep than I have seen them run in a long time," Fox said. "They were very aggressive in how they disguised their fronts and the number of people they had up in the box and they played very, very fast, for sure."
That will be one of the real interesting things, to see how Bob Babich mixes things up this week to go against the Panthers. Jake Delhomme doesn't have the shiny statistics Peyton Manning does, but he's still a savvy performer. You would think the Bears can gamble and be more aggressive than usual against Carolina with Steve Smith not in the lineup.
*** Delhomme on a few topics:
THOUGHTS ON THE BEARS DEFENSE?
"Extremely fast, especially on that turf. Just quick, flying to the ball, ballhawks, creating turnovers. When you watch [Lance] Briggs and [Brian] Urlacher, they're so good of football players and they've been together for so many years and they play so well together, and seeing Mike Brown back, and you have two Pro Bowl-caliber corners, Nathan [Vasher] and certainly Charles [Tillman]. That's just the back end. That's not counting the front end with Adewale [Ogunleye] and Alex [Brown], it looks like they've gotten quicker and quicker over the years. Tommie Harris, nothing needs to be said about him, how good he is. They're good."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WAITING FOR YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY AND HOW YOUR DEVELOPMENT MAY MIRROR KYLE ORTON'S?
"It's a process. Kyle certainly was able to play a ton as a rookie so he was able to do something that I didn't even come remotely close to doing in playing as a rookie. I played two games in my third year late in the season and we weren't a very good football team. So he had the opportunity to play and win games and obviously he can get it done. You know what, the good thing is Kyle really has kind of kept his mouth shut. He's never whined. He's never complained and he's just worked. And one, that earns the respect of your teammates right off the bat, and two, you're just absorbing what's going on. And obviously he's done well this preseason and certainly was efficient the other night in the game."
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE FROM WHEN YOU PLAYED THE BEARS IN THE 2006 PLAYOFFS?
"One, we don't have 89, Steve Smith. He did extremely well in the playoff game. We don't have Ricky Proehl. We don't have our tight end Kris Mangum. We're a different team. I don't think there is any doubt. Now, the Bears defense, they're still good. They were good then and they're still good now. We're a new team with a bunch of new linemen. I think we only had two of the linemen we have now, the running backs are different, so it is a pretty big difference for us."
*** Tight end Dante Rosario isn't just becoming a hot pickup in fantasy football leagues, he's an offensive weapon the Bears need to familiarize themselves with.
*** Rhys Lloyd, the kickoff specialist the Panthers employ, said when it comes to bringing down Devin Hester he might just have to go with a slide tackle, cleats up. Lloyd is from England and has a soccer background. He was joking.
*** Adam Schefter of the NFL Network has reported that wide receiver Mike Hass worked out for Seattle. He already had a workout with the New York Giants.