Coach Fisher's Thursday practice report




(On having a later practice under the lights)

Well, we've done that over the last few years once or twice at this time of year just to give them an extra opportunity to recover. We got in some good work yesterday, we just let them go home and sleep and rest. It's nice. When you're in a routine getting up at 5:30-6:00 in the morning, it's nice to go ahead and just sleep in during the week. I know the veterans, when they went through their first experience, really appreciated it. So the design was just to heal up and rest up and we had good work tonight.

(On going back to Soldier Field)

You know, I was back there a few times as an assistant. But we're just going there trying to win a ball game against a good team. It's pretty simple. It's not about me. It's about this team and how they play against the Bears.

(On if he's curious to see the recent renovations at Soldier Field)

Well, I mean you can see it clearly on the tape and on the highlights. But the tape is certainly a lot different than any other tape in the league only because the camera perspective is much lower. It's unique but we have a good sense for it.

(On any differences between Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton)

No, I mean both quarterbacks have proven they can win. They manage the game very well and audible at the line of scrimmage and in and out of runs and run the pass. They both do a nice job of it.

(On Devin Hester)

He's special. He's been so since coming into the league. Unfortunately for him at this point, hopefully for us through the weekend, he'll keep doing about what he's been doing and that's catching the ball and picking up some yards. But he's very, very, very dangerous. I've been asked the question if he's in a slump. No, he's not in a slump. You break out of those things real fast. He's been very close a number of times this year and people are wising up to it and they're kicking off to other people and they're punting out of bounds and doing those kind of things to keep the ball away from him.

(On if teams would kick away from him during his days as a returner)


(On Chris Johnson being more involved in the passing game)

Yeah, it's a week-to-week thing with our offense. Mike [Heimerdinger] does a good job of putting things together that try to give us the best opportunity to take advantage of the defenses. So really, it's week-to-week. Fortunately, he made the plays for us last week when we needed him to and he's done so for the most part up to this point.

(On if Chris Johnson is as good an athlete as he's had at running back in terms of being so versatile)

Well, yeah he's protecting well, he's catching the ball well and he's running. He's making big plays for us but this is a team offense and it wouldn't be possible if it weren't for his teammates and LenDale [White] and the change of pace and those things.

(On Keith Bulluck and Kyle Vanden Bosch)

They just didn't practice today and they'll be day-to-day.

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