NFL Team Report - Chicago Bears - NOTES, QUOTES
"I feel pretty good," Ratliff said. "I feel stronger. I feel more balanced. Everything's holding up. And there haven't been any complications. So I'm good."
Ratliff always seem to have an angry look on his face on the field or practice field.
"I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but I could really care less how people look at me," he said. "I'm not a mean guy. When I'm on the field and I have a job to do, I can't really afford to be nice, at the end of the day.
"I'm really a smaller guy in terms of being a defensive tackle and nose tackle -- so I play with a little bit of a streak. But off the field, pretty chill."
--The Cowboys-Bears game not only reunites Ratliff with his former team, but also does the same for special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis and tight ends Martellus Bennett and Dante Rosario.
DeCamillis called it a bit of a culture shock to be in Chicago instead of Dallas.
"There, it's a lot different from the standpoint of just the things that go on," DeCamillis said of Dallas. "It's a little bit more like Hollywood and here it's a little bit more, probably, a little tamer. But they're both great organizations and both have had a lot of storied tradition and a lot of championships. That's the main thing."
Ratliff was even more clear.
"Just to put it bluntly -- and it's not a shot -- if they take it like that, so be it," he said. "Here (in Chicago) it's all about football. You can really just focus on your craft, focus on what it is you do. And no matter what's going on, you never forget what you're here for. That's a good thing."
Bennett didn't fire a shot, and, in fact, said he liked Dallas.
"I mean, I'm a Hollywood person," he said.
At Dallas, Bennett was buried behind Cowboys tight end Jason Witten before going to the Giants, where his game flourished.
"Witten's a great tight end, I respect his game," Bennett said. "There's a lot of things he does well and a lot of things that I learned from him, but at the end of the day, sometimes you're just at the bottom of the totem pole and the message doesn't make it all the way down from the top."
As a result, he just lived with a reserve role there.
"So you just try to get the scraps," he said. "It's kind of like when somebody invites you over for dinner, but they don't make you a plate, that's kind of what it's like."
--McCown a continues to play like a starter, even if he did produce just 20 points last week. The Bears turned the ball over on a play when a deflected pass wound up in the hands of tackle Kyle Long, who fumbled. Trestman further cleared McCown of any blame on that turnover.
"As I said to him, I put him in that position with the play call," the Bears coach said. "I think I could have done a better job with that. And then he's got to take care of the ball, certainly, once the play is called, and he didn't do the kind of job he wanted to with that specific play. Overall ... I think he's been very efficient. There comes times when quarterbacks are stressed, they do things that are a little bit out of character, but he's taken a lot of snaps, he's handled himself extremely well, and I think that those one or two times, they can happen to anybody playing that position.