Chicago Bears Anthony Miller: “We hate the Packers”
Chicago Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller didn’t hold back when discussing Sunday’s divisional matchup, and neither will the rest of the team.
The implications for the noon showdown featuring one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports is apparent.
If the Chicago Bears win, they take the NFC North.
If the Green Bay Packers cause an upset, their season still has hope.
One Bears player wasn’t hesitant at all preaching his disdain for the opposition. When a reporter asked Anthony Miller how it’ll feel to clinch the division against a long-time rival, Miller didn’t hold back:
“It’ll mean a lot…We hate the Packers, all of us, and I know our fans hate them too”.
Miller hasn’t even been with the Bears a full season but it hasn’t taken him long to acclimate himself into the feud between the historic rivals.
Other players like Akiem Hicks have discussed their appreciation, or lack thereof, comments made by Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers about his previous success going into Soldier Field.
Josh Alper of NBC sports recited Hicks as saying “Nobody forgot about Aaron’s little comments after they lost that big game where he said ‘All we have to do is win out, and go to Soldier Field and win like we’ve done in the past’”.
Both Hicks and Miller are surely serving as translators for the rest of the Bears’ roster as none have forgotten about week one’s letdown. Since that game, the Bears have grown on both sides of the ball and Rodgers took notice of that as well. A reporter asked Rodgers how his fourth-quarter heroics would translate to this matchup, he noted “They’re running a different scheme since that game than they’re running now. It was two-shell based predicated on the four pass rushers getting to the quarterback”.
He couldn’t be more correct in his assessment of the Bears’ defense in week one, but it may be too late to pay respects towards the unit.
The last thing Rodgers wanted to do was rile up one of the most fearsome defensive units in the NFL. Will he regret his words after Sunday’s affair?