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Bears not dwelling on defeat
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff

Carolina's Chris Gamble breaks away from Rashied Davis after recovering a Greg Olsen fumble in the third quarter Sunday.


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Published: 9/16/2008 12:03 AM

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Knowing that they are unlikely to commit a dozen penalties again, or to lose the ball twice on fumbles, or to blow a 14-point lead in the final 21 minutes as they did Sunday against the Panthers gives the Bears hope this week against the Bucs.

"We definitely have a chip on our shoulder because we don't like that we kind of gave the game away," said rookie running back Matt Forte. "So we have a lot of enthusiasm this week."

Even though they dominated for much of the game at Charlotte, it wasn't enough to keep the Bears from seeing their record drop to 1-1.

But they realize much of the damage was self-inflicted. There were the 12 penalties for 86 yards, 2 giveaways, just 1 takeaway and plenty of missed opportunities.

"It was frustrating all around because we left plays on the field and we weren't able to hook up on plays that we should have," wide receiver Brandon Lloyd said.

"I think the best words for me, pretty much how I've always looked at it (is), 'Get over it.' Coach Lovie (Smith) said it: 'Time to get over it and move on.' We've got a new opponent next week, and that's kind of where my head is at."

Smith said he doesn't have to harp on players who made mental or physical errors, although he won't ignore mistakes. Bottom line, he wants his team to be ready for the next challenge, the 1-1 Bucs with former Bears quarterback Brian Griese running the offense.

"We addressed the situation, not that you really have to," Smith said. "Every mistake we made, every turnover, we realize at the time.

"But you do have to move on. This is another day. You can't let 1 loss beat you the next week. What I mean by that is (not) harping on it. We watched the video (Monday), made our corrections, and now it really is on to Tampa Bay."

Wide receiver Rashied Davis was displeased with his own play, which included a dropped pass on the first possession of the second half and a holding call that negated a 17-yard run by Matt Forte early in the fourth quarter.

"I'm frustrated by the holding call," Davis said. "That was disappointing because it brought back a big play. The drop was my biggest deal. I dropped an easy catch on a slant."

Fullback Jason McKie, who was stopped on fourth-and-1 on the Bears' final offensive play, said it was tough watching it replayed Monday.

"They had a good defense called; they knew that play was coming," McKie said. "We ran it a couple times during the game, (but) that's something that we have to convert."

Asked if it was the right call, McKie said: "We just run the play that's called. That's our job, to execute the plays, and that particular play, we didn't execute, and you see the result.

"As soon as I got the ball, I was hit. I tried to go to the left side to try to get 1 yard. But they had a good call. They played that play well."

Smith said he saw positive signs against the Panthers, just not enough of them.

"We've definitely seen our old defense back," he said. "And special teams, whenever you can start off a game like that with a touchdown (off Darrell McClover's blocked punt), it's got to be encouraging.

"But in the end we didn't do enough. We realize that. But we see what we can become and what we will become as a football team. Tough loss for us. It hurt quite a bit, especially (Sunday), but today's about moving on."