Here’s what Chicago coach John Fox had to say during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:
Q: What do you all expect from quarterback Mike Glennon in his first game with the Bears?
A: “We are excited for him. He’s new to our offense. I think he’s done a great job of transitioning, learning and putting in the extra time. I think his teammates see that. We’ve been going at it since April or whenever the offseason started. He’s put a lot of work into it. I think his teammates have seen that. They voted him one of our captains on offense. We are excited to see him play on Sunday.”
Q: Could you tell the Atlanta people about Jordan Howard, the fine running back that you have and the line that he’s running behind?
A: “I think this time a year ago many people, even here locally, knew little about Jordan. But he’s a young man that after about week three or four last season he had good success on a not very good team. I think our line did a good job of blocking for him. I think that’s going to be a big factor in any game including this Sunday.”
Q: How’s Leonard Floyd doing after the seven-sack season in 12 games?
A: “Leonard has had a tremendous offseason. I thought he had a good rookie outing, but he did get some minor injuries. I think he’s gotten physically stronger and more durable. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him this offseason. So, we are looking for big things from him. He’s doing good. I know a lot of the Bulldog fans are probably excited.”
Q: When you are getting ready for the Falcons how does it start when you look at Matt Ryan and the level he’s playing at?
A: “Watching Matt from earlier in his career having been there at Carolina for such a long time, so I’m real familiar with his career. He’s got a great supporting cast and they’ve got three as good of receivers trio as there is in the league. They run it in the running game very well. If you just look at them they were top three in every offensive statistic last year. We are anticipating that explosiveness from last year. We are very concerned about it.”
Q: Will you all have cornerback Prince Amukamara back to help against the Falcons passing attack?
A: “We are hopeful that everybody is healthy. We’re going out here in about an hour and a half. We’ll release our injury report later today which you all will get.”