It's hard to react to anything that happens or doesn't happen in a preseason game without overreacting, so we'll let Lovie Smith handle the assessments of the Bears' 14-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night at LP Field in Nashville.
On the overall effort: ''We have to be pleased with some of the progress we made. We got better in most areas from the Monday night performance [a 41-13 loss to the Giants] we had.''
On the offense: ''We're moving the ball. The offensive line did a good job for the second week in a row of giving Jay protection. Running wise, we had the holes open, our running backs were able to get a few yards with it. [Matt Forte gained 74 yards on 17 carries; Kahlil Bell gained 48 yards on 11 carries in the second half].
The negatives: ''Turnovers -- too many,'' he said [Caleb Hanie and Jay Cutler each threw an interception]. ''And we still need more points. It's one thing to get yards [the Bears gained 416 yards], but they don't determine the winner based on yards. It's based on points and we had to get points.
''The amount of drops. Some big dropped passes that we had that really could have given us a little bit more defensively.''
On the pass defense, which did not have a sack or a takeaway: ''We've talked a lot about taking the football away and we haven't been able to get that done. We have to take the ball away, it's as simple as that.''
On the first-team pass rush producing no sacks in three preseason games: ''We're pretty vanilla right now. We'll rush the passer well during the course of the year, I feel pretty confident about that.''
On Major Wright missing a tackle that led to a touchdown for the second consecutive game: ''You're going to miss tackles. There are a lot of tackles missed each week. Sometimes safety shows up a little bit more. As long as Major's missing one tackle, we can live with one tackle missed.
''But we're still wanting a little more production. I thought Major had an opportunity to possibly make a play on one of those long balls. We're not quite there yet, but we'll get there.''
On Caleb Hanie's interception that rookie Tommie Campbell returned 90 yards for a touchdown in the second half: ''Bad throw. Whether the receiver's in the wrong or whatever, we can't do that, it's as simple as that. I don't know exactly who was at fault right now, but you can't throw the ball directly to him.''
On Chester Taylor not playing a down, even though Marion Barber missed the last three quarters with an injury -- does it mean he's not in your plans?
''That meant that we wanted to take a look at someone else tonight, in particular Kahlil Bell. Kahlil hadn't gotten an opportunity to play that much. We wanted to get a good look at him and we were able to. And I think he did a good job of taking advantage of the carries he got.''