Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears

CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room after the Bears’ 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

No-huddle ineffective: The Bears tried to execute the no-huddle offense early against the Bengals, but “the [calls] just weren’t working,” according to tackle Jermon Bushrod. Running the no-huddle offense is supposed to speed up things, but in this case it slowed down things, he said.

Rookie has words with Atkins: Bears right guard Kyle Long walked off the field talking to Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, and in the locker room after the game the rookie seemed in awe of the feat he had just accomplished in his first NFL start. The Bears held the Bengals sackless.

“I told him my sleep cycle will probably be back to normal after playing him,” Long said. “It’s like trying to block a fire hydrant. The guy’s like bolted to the ground.”

Williams holds up in debut: Linebacker D.J. Williams missed the preseason due to a calf injury, but played the whole game without conditioning becoming an issue.

“It’s been a long time since I actually put a bunch of plays together,” said Williams, clad in all black, including a T-shirt with a screened image of Bruce Lee.