Poles talks Bears-Packers on radio pregame show | NFL news

General manager Ryan Poles spoke with Jeff Joniak Sunday on the Bears pregame radio show on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM.

The following is a transcript of Poles' comments Congratulations on the opening win. You come out on the field, it's pouring, you're in your suit, you're hugging Flus (coach Matt Eberflus), and the guys are having a slip-n-slide party out there at Soldier Field.

These moments are cherished and it's the first one, so how did it feel? It was great. Leading into that game you just don't know what you have until it comes together, and you play with it. The emotion of it was we were excited.

We were excited that a lot of the hard work that was put into it came back to us in a victory, and really in a lot of adversity that day with the weather [and a] talented team we were playing.

The guys really displayed the "HITS" principle right there in front of us and it led to a victory, so just having that validation of what we're doing turning out to be a win is always a really good feeling.

Then just to see the guys flying around after and sliding into the endzone, that's what it's all about.

This is a business, there's a lot of pressure to be an NFL player, an NFL organization, but this is the same game you played since you were a kid. So seeing that just kind of brings those emotions back.

Several players approached me after the game this week and said they knew they were going to win and they're not shy about saying that. There's a belief here that is super strong, so regardless of circumstances, is that the first step in the process of learning how to win?

Yeah, you've got to learn how to win, you've got to learn how to overcome difficult parts of the game and lean on each other for those team victories, and that's what we saw.

We saw the defense come up with some really big plays and then it allowed the offense, which took a little bit of time to get going, bought them time to make plays on the back end and finish the game off strong. So just winning it and winning it together is critical.

As advertised, the play of the rookies and the first and second-year players, it was significant in this game. You had to be proud of that and that resiliency and that command from Justin Fields also moving into the second half.

Yeah, loved the command from Justin. Shows what he's capable of doing both with his feet and his arm, and we expect him to just grow and get better week in and week out.

With those young guys making plays, that was our expectation. We saw their ability to learn fast, to play like professionals and they're doing that, and it's a lot of fun to watch.