Every week during the regular season, the opposing head coach and sometimes a player speak to the Detroit media via conference call. This week it was Bears head coach John Fox and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on the calls.
So, what did they have to say about Sunday's matchup?
1. Trubisky raved about the play of Lions safety Glover Quin and cornerback Darius Slay after watching them on tape. Trubisky said the Bears have to try and keep the Lions' defense off balance by establishing the run, and not giving Quin or Slay too many opportunities to make a play. He said he has to know where those two are on the field at all times.
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2. Fox used to be Teryl Austin's secondary coach when Austin was a free safety at Pitt. Fox said Austin was a very smart player, and the quarterback on defense. Fox knew early on in Austin's playing career he'd be a good player. Fox isn't surprised at all that it's translated to coaching, calling Austin one of the bright young minds in the game.
3. The Bears traded a late-round draft pick to the Chargers for receiver Dontrelle Inman (6-3, 205) a couple weeks back. In his first game with Chicago last week, Inman recorded six catches for 88 yards. Trubisky said Inman brings a lot to the table in terms of much-needed size, hands and route running. The two have built early chemistry, and Trubisky thinks he'll be able to open up some things for other guys in this offense.
4. When asked about defending Lions receiver Golden Tate, Fox said the hardest part about the task is that Tate plays receiver like a running back. Tate gets a lot of YAC, and it's the most dangerous part to his game.
5. Now with five starts under his belt, Trubisky says he's learning how to better prepare himself during the week, and is settling into his routine as an NFL quarterback. The toughest part for him remains to be the various schemes he faces week to week. He said every opponent has shown him something they haven't played against any other opponent he's seen on film. Welcome to the NFL.
6. Fox is a defensive minded coach, so when he says that Detroit forces a defense to play the whole field, it's a compliment to the variety of weapons the Lions have, and their ability to hit on all levels of a defense with a quarterback in Matthew Stafford who can make all the throws.
7. Running back Tarik Cohen still leads the Bears in receptions (29), but he hasn't caught more than one pass in a game dating back to Week 5. The Bears started using Cohen as a hybrid receiver, and teams countered by covering him with a nickel cornerback, which has been very effective, per Fox. Cohen caught 24 passes his first four games. He has five catches in his last five games.
8. Fox said Chicago's ninth-ranked rushing offense has been his rookie quarterback's best friend. Expect the Bears to try and establish the run early and often Sunday at home. Trubisky has just two interceptions in five starts.