Bears general manger Jerry Angelo said the key to his team's success isn't all that complicated.
"If you can run the ball and stop the run, you're going to win a lot of football games, and that's basically what we've been able to do. It's not about being cute or tricking anybody," Angelo told the team's website in a weekly interview. "Football is still football and if you can do those two things, you're going to be tough to beat.
"That's what we've been able to do, and hopefully we'll continue doing it."
The Bears, though, will have to move forward without left guard Chris Williams, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury against the Detroit Lions.
"It's unfortunate because Chris was having a really fine year and his injury is going to have an impact. As we've said, at that position you want the same five playing together each and every week, and that's not going to be the case," Angelo said. "But I'm confident that our coaches will make the needed adjustments.
"It's a speed bump and we've just got to get through it."
Angelo also warned not to overlook the San Diego Chargers, losers of four straight games.
"They're still a good football team irrelevant of what their record is. They have a Pro Bowl quarterback, a potential Hall of Fame tight end, excellent wide receivers and a running back who was taken high in the draft and for good reason. So they can put points on the board," Angelo said. "They're in a slump, but they're not a bad team. Opponents become extremely dangerous if you take them lightly."
Finally, Angelo explained why the Bears released Nick Reed and replaced him with another defensive end, Chauncey Davis.
"We just felt like Chauncey fit us a little bit better and we wanted to take a look at him. It's not in cement," Angelo said. "We've brought players in here before thinking that they were going to upgrade us and they didn't, and we acted accordingly. The good news is that our coaches and personnel staff are open-minded about improving the team.
"He's strong and he's around 280 pounds, so he brings a little bit more girth to the position. He's athletic and he started 26 games with the Falcons. He fits our scheme in terms of what we want at the defensive end position. He has the versatility of playing both sides and he's a young player."