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The Bears also lost defensive tackles
"He didn't really get to put the defense on the field that he thought he was going to have," said Williams, who missed the final 10 games. "But I felt he did a great job. It's hard to go out there and compete with teams when you don't have your guys out there. But I think he got the guys to rally around each other and give great effort."
"I think he's a great coach," McClellin said. "I think he did an excellent job. Just a few things fell out of place. It was unfortunate. But overall, I think he's a great coach. I learned a lot from him."
Right direction: Even though the Bears went from 10-6 last season to 8-8 this year, receiver
"It's a trickle-down effect, starting with [general manager] Phil Emery," Marshall said Monday. "You look there first, the type of guy he is and the type of leadership he brings to the table. You go to coach [Marc] Trestman, the type of guy he is and the leadership he brings to the table, and then it continues down to the locker room."
An eight-year veteran who also played for the Broncos and Dolphins, Marshall thinks the Bears have the best chemistry of any team he's been with.
"This is the best locker room I've been a part of," Marshall said. "This is the best organization I've been a part of. That's the cool thing about playing for different teams-you get to experience things and when you find a good one, you're grateful for it. I'm really appreciative of being here."
Tough loss: A day later, losing Sunday's winner-take-all NFC North showdown to the Packers still stung. The Bears blew a 28-20 fourth-quarter lead in a 33-28 defeat to their arch rivals.
"It was tough," said center
The Bears scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half to turn a 13-7 deficit into a 28-20 lead before the Packers rallied for two late TDs.
"The game was a lot like our season; kind of up and down," said safety
Dotted line: The Bears on Monday signed 11 players to reserve/future contracts: long-snapper Brandon Hartson, cornerbacks