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In his own words: Leno talks Bears playoffs


With the Bears preparing to host the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs Sunday, left tackle Charles Leno Jr. shares his thoughts exclusively with

This season has been very rewarding, especially after the last few years. I've always believed that if you're a winner—and I know I am—good things will come. I'm just glad it's happening now because we have a bunch of good dudes in our locker room and a great coach in Matt Nagy. There's just a really good feeling in the building right now.

I'd say the difference with this team versus others I've been on is the culture we've built and the togetherness that we have. That's what stands out the most.

Coach Nagy has had a great impact on our team for the reason that he wants us to be ourselves. He really changed the culture and made us believe. He tells us to be ourselves, and that's all we need to do. We don't need to do anything special.

Once the year started, it was unknown territory, unchartered waters. But once you got the feeling and understood what type of coach Matt is and the type of reaction our players had to him as a coach, we knew it would be something special.

I'm preparing myself for our playoff game by doing what I've been doing all season. I don't need to change anything. I know what type of player I am. I'm just going to bring it every game, just prepare like I have been doing and go out there and execute.

I've spoken to my teammates who have played in the playoffs and they've all said the same thing: It's win or go home. It's going to show your character because everybody's backs are against the wall in the playoffs. It's a win or go home mentality, so you've got to play your best ball.