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Pace talks Bears-Packers on pre-game show

Posted Nov 12, 2017

Bears general manager Ryan Pace appeared on the WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM pre-game show in advance of Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace appeared on the WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM pre-game show in advance of Sunday's home game against the Green Bay Packers. Here's a transcript of that interview:

On where Bears are now heading into the second half of the season:

"I think the bye week came at a good time, kind of the midpoint of the season. It gives us an opportunity to reset and really attack the second half of this year. There's a lot we need to build upon. The defense is playing well, the turnover ratio has gotten much better and we're confident that progress will continue on offense."

On whether he's seeing the development on the team he expected:

"Yeah, I think naturally there's going to be growth when you're playing a lot of younger guys, and when you're developing that younger core we talk about, there's going to be some adversity. But I think they're learning and improving from all those experiences."

On the importance of the next two games against the Packers and Lions:

"It's a tight locker room. It's a confident locker room. I think at practice you can feel the excitement because I think they all sense improvement as we go forward. But our entire focus right now is on the Packers, and it should be. It's a huge game. It's a division game against a tough opponent that knows us really well."

On the continued development of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky:

"We talk about the value of these experiences all the time for him. He gains from each one of these. This will be his first time starting in the Packers rivalry game, and that's important. It's really just another opportunity for him to stack these experiences on top of each other."

On whether the addition of veteran receivers Dontrelle Inman and Markus Wheaton will open up the passing game:

"Both of those players have had production in regular season NFL games, so they have skins on the wall. I think it's just a matter of getting those guys acclimated into our offense with our quarterback, just [in terms of] the timing and the chemistry and things of that nature."

On the progress of injured tight end Zach Miller:

"Zach's a stud. He's one of the leaders of this team. He's a great football player. But beyond that he's an unbelievable person and really he exemplifies everything we want in the makeup of a Chicago Bear. He's progressing well. He's back in Chicago with his family and he's got the support of every single person in this building."

On Miller's spirits being high:

"He's such a positive guy. He's one of those guys, when you're around him he makes you better. He's just got that personality and it's infectious. We're all praying for him and we know that he's getting better."

On facing the Packers without injured star quarterback Aaron Rodgers:

"Aaron Rodgers obviously is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. But beyond that the Packers are a team that we clearly have a lot of respect for, and we should. You combine [coach] Mike McCarthy with [general manager] Ted Thompson. They've done an unbelievable job of building that team the right way. They're talented at the receiver position, They've got two running backs who are playing well right now. They've got a Pro Bowl left tackle. And they're aggressive and complex on defense. They really have a defense that will take the ball away, too. So this is a tough challenge."

On Rodgers' replacement, quarterback Brett Hundley:

"Right away his athletic ability jumps out. He's got the ability to improvise and extend plays with his feet. And he's got a strong arm; he can make all the throws. He's got three years in their system and this is his third start, so you see him getting more comfortable. So we've got to be ready."