DARIUS SLAY

Darius Slay Blog: You have to be able to fight for the next play and try to outplay them

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Rookie cornerback Darius Slay on facing the Chicago Bears for a second time, and the importance of beating a division opponent

"For the bye I just went home, rested the body up, played with my little boy, did what we do, and that was it. It was a good bye week. It was all about recovering, so that's what I did.

"I've felt how differnt this schedule is from college already. We've played 12 games, so yeah, I've felt it. The only thing I'm doing know is learning how to take care of my body for a longer period of time.

"Having already played Chicago, I know what's coming. I know what kind release Cutler has, I know what type of players I'm guarding, since I've guarded them before. It makes things a little easier, but like I said before, we're all talented athletes that are going to make plays, so I just have to out play them. I'm going in with the mindset to win and compete because those guys are going to catch the ball. You have to be able to fight for the next play and try to outplay them. 

"Preparing for both quarterbacks this week didn't really make anything more difficult. Really, as a team our mindset was that Jay Cutler would be playing, so we just went in this week with the mindset to dominate whoever we're playing and come out with a victory.

"With it looking like Bill won't play on Sunday, we didn't really prepare too differently. Rashean is a vet, he's played nickel before, that's nothing new to him, so he's just going to move in there if he needs to. With me on the outside, it's the same thing we've been doing, so it hasn't been anything too different. With Bill, we just hope that he comes back healthy.

"This is obviously a big game. We win this game and we're in first place in the division. That's our goal. We want to win the division and try to get that bye weekend for the first week of the playoffs."