Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Let's play "how many different ways can Barber say 'I'm thinking about next week?'"
Marion Barber joined WSCR in Chicago with Zach Zaidman to discuss the Chicago Bears heart breaking loss to the Denver Broncos in overtime last week, his overall thoughts on his miscues in the Broncos game, what Caleb Hanie told him on the bench during overtime, rebounding from his performance against the Broncos this week against the Seahawks, going out of bounds when all the Bears had to do was run out the clock late in the 4th quarter against the Broncos, why he doesn't conduct interviews all that often and his teammates embracing him in the locker room after the loss to the Broncos.
How tough was Sunday?
"I'm looking forward to this week. At practice yesterday guys are really excited about this next week and that's really what it's all about."
You had a great game last week with 108 yards rushing and then a couple of mistakes at the end. What are your thoughts overall on the whole thing?
"My thought is get into this next week and just preparing as much as I can to be ready for this game of course."
When Caleb Hanie sat next to you at the end of that game what did he tell you?
"I'm all about this week. I'm ready to go this week, today, tomorrow, and you know I am not the best at this stuff. Like I said with this interviewing, but yeah like I said guys just make sure guys is ready to go for this week and I still got the same type of enthusiasm and excitement that we need for this game."
Is it tough to put something bad behind you. Do you look at this next game moving forward? Do you want to rebound from last game?
"That's all. Anything else could possibly distract you. For me personally I'm just all about making sure I know what I am doing this week and understanding the concepts of this week and understanding the protections for this week, so I can be at my best."
I know you don't want to talk about it, but one of the crucial plays was when you went out of bounds:
"I'm not trying to be disrespectful man. I just move on and just bear with me."
There are a lot of people wondering because they haven't had the chance to hear from you, so why do you stay so quiet?
"I mean I have been like this all my life, really high school, I wasn't a guy to be in the TV interview. Only when I be asked to do it. That's kind of something that I hope people respect from me. It's not like I don't do it. I do, do a few [interviews], but I believe because of circumstances that took place a lot wanted to know, but like I said it is all about this week and doing what I can do to help this ball club win."
Did you have to say anything after a game like that to your teammates in the locker room?
"Even after that a lot of guys here are great. That was a blessing and that's what it's all about at the end of the day because that's who we are. I believe that being here even though it's been for this short period of time, the fellas in there, you've got some big dogs, ‘Lach [Brian Urlacher], [Lance] Briggs, the offensive line,' and it's just great to have that going to the next game with that on your shoulders, knowing that guys have got love for you."
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