Bears CEO: Briggs, Cutler injuries a test for team’s 'backbone'

Bears CEO: Briggs, Cutler injuries a test for team’s 'backbone'
October 23, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips made clear on Wednesday that injuries to co-captains Lance Briggs and Jay Cutler represent nothing short of a test for the backbone of the Bears. That said, his expectation is still for the Bears to be in the 2013 playoffs.

Phillips acknowledged that he could not say “totally satisfied” with where the Bears stand at 4-3. But he told co-hosts Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts on Comcast SportsNet’s “Bears Huddle” on the Chicago Bears Network, “The good news is, we’re still in the mix in the NFC North. We’re still in the mix for the playoff hunt. That’s always our goal every year: Get into the playoffs and ultimately win championships.

“The reality is: Marc [Trestman], Phil [Emery], myself, the whole organization, we’re still believers. There’s nothing not to be excited about.”

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Phillips evinced a high degree of satisfaction with what Emery and Trestman represent in what he described as building a football foundation for the franchise.

“Part of that foundation is having a sense of urgency, having a commitment to excellence in everything we do, having teamwork above individual achievements and being accountable,” Phillips said.

“I think they’ve done an awesome job.”

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That job involves becoming a consistently winning franchise in the fashion of the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

“We need to get to that point. I think we’re on the right track,” Phillips said. “I love the way Marc has galvanized the team together.

“And when you face the adversity that we’re faced with, losing Jay and Lance, now your mettle is tested and the backbone of the team is tested. I think we’ll come out of it positively.”