LM: Since 2006, the Bears are 14-4 in games immediately following losses of 10 points or more. What has been the key to rebounding from tough defeats?
LS: "First off, there should always be a sense of urgency. But it seems like after you have disappointment, you can't wait to do something about it, and for us it's about that. It's about watching the video and learning as much as we can from it, but then moving on to the next week. What you can't do is let a team beat you twice; I'm talking about just harping on that. You have to learn from it and then move on, and that's what we've done. A lot of it goes back to the leadership in the locker room, too. We have some veterans who have been through it. That helps an awful lot when you've been through a situation."
LM: The Rams certainly don't look like the same team that went 2-14 last year. They played the Lions tough in a narrow loss and then beat the Redskins. What are your impressions of the Rams as you prepare to play them Sunday at Soldier Field?
LS: "Yes, they lost to Detroit. But late in the fourth quarter it was a 20-20 game and they went down and took the lead before Detroit scored on them late. And then last week I thought they dominated the game. Even though they didn't really take control of it until late, Washington never really stopped them. What I've seen from them is that they play extremely hard and just make plays. It's a new year. I don't know exactly what their record has been in previous years, but I just know this year from watching them on video they've gotten our attention. It's going to be another tough game that we've got to win."
LS: "Yes, he is. Even going all the way back to the offseason, I just think it's a long NFL season, and you need two or three running backs that you feel comfortable playing if they have to. Hopefully Matt Forte will be ready to go because Matt's a special back. But if he can't, what we've seen from Michael is that even though he's a big back who can run in between the tackles, he's shown us the ability to make a guy miss in the open field. He's not just a big guy. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He really has adjusted to being a team member of the Chicago Bears. He's a well-liked guy in the locker room and everybody has full confidence that he can do the job if Matt can't go."
LM: I understand there will be a change with the offensive line this week. Can you talk about the move?
LM: The front four has been generating consistent pressure on the quarterback, which is critical to success in your defense. The Bears are tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks, and all eight have come from linemen. How pleased are you with the pass rush to this point?
LS: "Our rush has been good in our first two games, especially last Thursday night. But we have good pass rushers.