There's been a lot of strong reaction to the NFL's discipline of three defensive players involved in high-impact collisions.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson were fined a combined $175,000 for hits that aren't necessarily illegal, by NFL rules.
Two Bears defenders were outspoken about this, along with coach Lovie Smith. So here's their reactions on this topic:
Chris Harris on what he thinks is a hypocritical stance by the league: "You preach that you want to protect players, yet they want to add two more games to make more money but that's not making anybody safer."
Harris on if the fines will change the way he plays: "I can't change the way I play this game. That's like asking a smoker to stop smoking tomorrow. I've been doing this for 10 years."
* Harris on the inherent risks of playing in the NFL: "We all chose to play this game. No one put a gun up to our head and said, 'Hey, you have to play.' Right now, we're more educated than they were back in the day. It kind of baffles me a little bit, because we know what's going on. This is football."
* Harris on the three hits in question: "For Dunta Robinson to get fined $50,000 for making a great football play is kind of unreal, unheard of. It frustrates me to see this happen. I totally understand the Meriwether hit. Bad play. I mean, bad play. But James Harrison, he's making a football play.
Harris on the NFL selling photos of one of the plays then stopping: "That's baffling as well... To see that, on the NFL's official website, to see them selling that hit is total hypocrisy."
(Read Charles Tillman and Lovie Smith's reactions on next page)
Charles Tillman on the fines: " I think it's all [BS], in my opinion. I think the league is .. I don't know. I think they are all suits now. They're just suits. They're making the wrong call, they're making bad decisions about the game. .. I think once you're in that office you turn into a suit and the decisions you make and the rationalizations and what they're trying to say, they want to protect the integrity of the game. No, you're not. This is ruining the integrity. This isn't even football anymore. We should just go out there and play two-man touch on Sunday if we can't make contact. It's dumb."
* Tillman on the physical nature of the sport: "This is a contact sport. It's physical. You know what you're getting into when you put on that helmet. Guys do get hurt. I apologize for that. I don't want to see anybody get hurt. At the same time, what every coach in this league tells his player is you want to separate the man from the ball. You want to hit hard. We get jacked up for that. Y'all get jacked up for that.
* Tillman on the players' response: "I'm hoping the union does something. We all stick together on this, we're all one, we've got the power if we all stick together. We talk about being Monsters of the Midway. We need to quit calling ourselves that if we can't hit nobody. History tells us that them guys --- the Monsters of the Midway --- in the 40s and 50s were hitting people. Take '20s, '30s, '40s' '50s, '60's, '70s, '80s, early '90s, those guys would be out of a job."
* Smith on players' reaction: "I'm sure most of the defensive guys will have an opinion about it, because offensive guys are protected quite a bit, and defensive guys probably - most of them - would say there are some ways they can be protected a little bit more too. I'm a part of that group, too. But I'm always looking to protect our players, whatever way we can."
* Smith on if it will affect the way his players play: "I don't think you're out there, 'Should I pull the trigger?' No. You're trying to aim for a spot. That spot hasn't changed. Six weeks of the season, we didn't all of a sudden try to hit a guy high or low or have them change where they are trying to make a tackle. I don't think that'll happen."