LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- "Sorry guys, I'm not speaking today," Bears left tackle Orlando Pace said Monday at Halas Hall.
A disappointing response from a player who should understand the importance of veterans stepping up and facing the music after a disastrous loss. Pace entered the NFL in 1997, and no doubt has experienced these types of defeats during his illustrious 13-year career. It would have been nice to get some insight from the future hall of famer, maybe some wisdom ... anything. Or perhaps a comment about Pace's atrocious play this season on the offensive line. That also would have been appreciated, and appropriate.
Luckily, the Bears do have certain veterans who make themselves available during tough times, like defensive tackle Anthony Adams.
"We just got our butts kicked, and it's time to go back to the drawing board," Adams said. "We're a gap defense, and we just kept getting out of our gaps. It seemed like every mistake we made, they capitalized on it."
"We all need to look in the mirror, and individually have to do our jobs a lot better. We can either make a run, or run away. I think we'll make a run."