The performance provided both confidence and momentum going forward.
“Game on the road, on Monday night and you’re able to contribute in a big win in a win. I think you’re able to learn from that and gain confidence in that and move forward," says defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
Shea McClellin has been the posterchild for both the struggles and now the success of the Bears’ defensive line. Trestman could have been talking about any of his defensive linemen when he talked about what the game meant moving ahead.
“After this game I think there’s a little more light on the topic and a little more self confidence. We all believe in Shea," says head coach Marc Trestman.
Seeing the attacking, swarming Bears defense show up in Green Bay was a treat, but the team knows that performance means nothing if they can’t repeat it going forward.
“You know, I don’t have a crystal ball, but obviously we want to continue to get better," says Tucker. "With Shea and the rest of the guys.”
“If you say one game is bigger than the rest then you’re minimizing or deminimizing the rest of the games," says Trestman. "To me, they’re all extremely significant.”
Coming back on a short week, the Bears might have to be even better. The Lions have given up a league low 10 sacks on the season.
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