The Bears travel to St Louis looking for their fourth win of the season. Waiting for them is Rams star rookie running back Todd Gurley. The league’s fourth leading rusher is averaging over five and a half yards per carry.
“I’ve heard some people compare him to Adrian Peterson when he first came into the league,” says Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio. “So just even considering that tells you where this guys at from a talent standpoint. He’s got good size, good speed, he’s tough to tackle.”
“He’s a really good back and he’s made some explosive plays,” says Bears Linebacker Sam Acho. “We have to find a way to limit him, swarm the ball, and try to force some turnovers.”
Despite having a top-five rushing attack the Rams still rank 31st in total offense and dead last in passing. Nick Foles has struggled in his first year in St Louis but the bears defense knows this is a quarterback with plenty of talent.
“I think he’s a good quarterback,” says Fangio. “He won ten games the last two years with the Eagles when he was in there, and has had some really nice stats. That one year what like 30 touchdowns and what three interceptions or something. So the guy is a quality NFL quarterback.”
The Rams have made headlines for another reason this past week. After a late hit that knocked Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater unconscious St Louis’ integrity is being questioned, some labeling them a dirty team. But it’s something the Bears are not concerned about.
“You know look these guys are playing a game against the best people in the world at what they do,” says Bears Head Coach John Fox. “It’s fast, it’s physical, and you’re going to have mishaps. They just happen.”
“I think part of it is every team in the National Football League,” says Bears Right Tackle Kyle Long. “Every player in the National Football League is coached to play through the whistle and it’s a point of emphasis for a lot of people. So you know if people want to say they’re a chippy bunch or whatever, that’s coming from outside.”
The game will take place this Sunday at 1 pm Eastern, 12 pm Central.