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Phillips: Bears have to now refocus

Appearing in studio on Comcast SportsNet's "Bears Blitz" show Thursday, Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips discussed the team's disappointing 3-5 start.

"Obviously we're not happy about that," Phillips told co-hosts Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts.

"We're in this business to win championships and 3-5 puts us behind the eight-ball a little bit. But what I do know about this team is that we've shown the ability to come back from adversity twice already this year; when we won in San Francisco after losing to Buffalo and then winning in Atlanta when a lot of people didn't think we could do that.

"So we've got to now refocus and we've got a couple of weeks to do that. We're getting some guys back that will be healthy and hopefully give us a little more continuity."

The Bears fired Lovie Smith after the team went 10-6 in 2012 but failed to make the playoffs for the fifth time in six years since reaching the Super Bowl. General manager Phil Emery replaced Smith with Marc Trestman, who is 11-13 in a season and a half.

Asked if the team regrets making the coaching change, Phillips said: "When you have a losing record that's a fair question to ask. I guess what I'd say to that is I still believe in Phil and Marc as leaders. The reason I say that is when you start losing the media and the fans want someone to start yelling at the players who aren't performing up to their capabilities.

"But to me a leader earns their respect by treating people like men and they do things privately, and I can say this about those two guys: Marc and Phil have the passion, they're competitive and they are tough people. They handle individuals the right way in my opinion, which is not to do it publicly."

Phillips also discussed a Bears offense that has been stuck in neutral for most of the season after rewriting the team's record book last year.

"I think the reality is we're turning the ball over too much, and that's not all on [quarterback] Jay [Cutler]," Phillips said. "It's on the entire offense and I speak about [Cutler] because he's our quarterback, he's our leader on the field. He has really grown as a leader. He's got to show more consistency in terms of his play on the field. We've got to score more points. We showed that ability last year. We haven't shown the consistent ability to do that yet this year."

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