The Bears' struggling offense was the obvious focus Wednesday at Halas Hall. The Bears are 23rd in the NFL in total yards (305 per game), 17th in passing yards (251 per game) and 31st in rushing yards (54 per game). And they are tied for first (or last, depending on your perspective) with 14 sacks allowed.
Here's what they had to say about it, coming off a 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz: ''We just missed some things that we normally make. There were some plays -- and there were a lot of them -- where you make one here, you make one there and it's a different game. You have to make those plays against good teams.''
Offensive line coach Mike Tice: ''We had too many free guys, way too may. One guy here, and two guys going for the same guy. We've got to clean that up. And as you continue to plug along in the running game, you get that cleaned up. There's one guy here and one guy there breaking down. It was one of those games.''
Head coach Lovie Smith: ''That's why there's not a whole lot of panic about where we're at right now. We see [that] it's a play here or there. Most of the time when you lose a football game, it's a play here or there. And I've heard so much about our run balance and trying to get that right. But looking at [the Packers game], if you really break it down -- on third downs you normally have to pas the ball. Two-minute situations, you have to pass the ball. For us the other day, we have to do a better job on third downs to be able to keep that balance going.
''And regular first and second downs, we were about 11-run, 10-pass. So we're not far off right now. We'll keep working on those things and ... make a play here or there and we'll be back on track.''
Quarterback Jay Cutler: ''We've got to convert on third down - that ties into [all the other problems]. So if we're converting third downs and giving ourselves manageable third downs ... those third-and-longs at the end of the day, we're not going to convert a high rate of those. So first and second down, getting enough yards to put us in position to be successful on third down and keep the chains moving, keep the clock moving and keep our defense off the field.''
Panthers coach Ron Rivera: ''I think they've got tremendous personnel. A lot of it starts with Jay Cutler's arm. He's got an NFL arm. I love Matt Forte. I think he's a quality back in this league. He's like our two guys we've got here. We've got a great combination of backs. Matt reminds me of our guys and I like the receiving corps. And they've got some big tight ends. This is a good offensive football team. If you fall asleep on them, they made it to the NFC championship game last year, so obviously they're doing something right.''