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Pace talks Bears prior to Lions game
December 16, 2017 08:15 PM | Larry Mayer
Bears general manager Ryan Pace appeared on the WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM pre-game show in advance of Saturday's road game against the Detroit Lions. Here's a transcript of that interview:

On quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's growth in last Sunday's win over the Bengals:

"I really think the entire season has been a steady growth process for him. I think if we look back on any successful quarterback's rookie season you're going to see highs and lows, and what's important is that each game he goes through he's experiencing different situations and new environments and that he just continues to learn from those experiences. Really overall I thought the entire offense played well against the Bengals. I thought the coaches did a good job of orchestrating a very balanced attack."

On young players stepping up on both sides of the ball in Cincinnati:

"They did and that was important to see and that was encouraging to see. We've been optimistic about a lot of these young guys from Day 1, but it was good to see that come to fruition in this game."

On the Bears' young players avoiding the "rookie wall":

"We talk about that a lot. I think first off the coaches have done a good job of preparing them and just working them into the lineup. For us, part of the evaluation is also how a player deals with adversity and how he perseveres through tough times. I really think this rookie class in general has shown the toughness and resiliency that's really necessary for this NFL season. I think they're a close knit group too and they really hold each other accountable and I think that's important down the stretch."

On center Cody Whitehair:

"Cody is just a very consistent player. He really embodies so many of the traits that we stress to our scouts. He's unselfish, he's a versatile offensive lineman, he's a great teammate. He's going to be a good player here for a long time."

On the Bears defense being tied for the fewest number of big plays allowed this season and ranking fifth in the red zone:

"First off I think the defensive coaches have done a good job this season of putting players in advantageous situations and I think you do see growth from a lot of our defensive players, especially a lot of the younger guys. And we've had guys step up right now with some key players being injured, which has helped on that side of the ball."

On cornerback Kyle Fuller:

"He's playing good. We couldn't be prouder of the way he's responded this year. I think it really started with strong work in the offseason and that's carried him into a productive regular season. He's playing physical, he's making plays on the ball. He's got 16 pass breakups. He's having a solid season."

On the final three games of the season:

"Right now we just have to approach each one of these games on an individual basis. Today we have a difficult Detroit game in their stadium. We played well last week, but that urgency, that energy, that needs to continue these next final games.

On Zach Miller returning to Halas Hall last Monday:

"I can't say enough about him and just what he means to our team. He's such a bright positive influence on not just our players but our entire staff. I know he's happy to get back in a routine and just be around his teammates and we're happy to have him back in our building. Although he's unable to play right now, he's still a leader, he can still make an impact, and we couldn't be happier to have him back."

On Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson:

"He's a second-year player who's made steady improvement really since he entered the league. He's extremely strong, he runs well for a big man. He's one of those rugged defensive players who has just improved at a steady rate since he entered the league."

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