The Bears take great glee in defying the critics Sunday with their 29-13 upset victory over the Colts.

The Bears take great glee in defying the critics Sunday with their 29-13 upset victory over the Colts.

“We can be a surprise for people that said we’d be nothing,” defensive tackle Tommie Harris said. “But the same people said we’d be great last year, and we weren’t great.”

Maybe that was the problem: too much respect in 2007.

“Our edge is our edge,” receiver Rashied Davis said. “When we have a chip on our shoulder and play like no one believes in us and we believe in ourselves, we play well. I think anybody plays better that way.”

Seeing without watching

Tommie Harris said he doesn’t listen to media criticism.

“I don’t worry about what people say,” he said. “I don’t even watch the news. Or read the newspaper.”

“Have you ever seen me on TV?” a Chicago sportscaster asked.

“Yeah, I see you all the time,” Harris responded, drawing laughs.

“But I don’t,” he insisted. “I don’t really watch. The news is very depressing. It’s sad. You turn it on and your whole day is ruined, because you hear about little kids dying and all this stuff.”

Lessons from Tommie: 101

Reporters told Harris he could always watch just the last five minutes of the TV news. They meant sports, but Harris wouldn’t bite.

“I like the weather,” he said. “They are wrong a lot.”

“Just like us,” a reporter replied.

“You guys aren’t wrong,” Harris said. “You guys just do your job. I don’t take it personal. You have to feed your family just like we do. So just write those stories. The players have to go home and their families have to read it, but you guys get claps for a great story. But don’t lose your character over this job.

“Me, too. When you see me doing something out of character, you tell me, ‘That’s not the Tommie we remember.’ Sometimes we lose focus of who we really are, so remind me of that. No jokes. Don’t lose your character over your job. The job is what you do, it’s not who you are.

“Thank you, Tommie: 101.”

Big back from small school

Matt Forte, who ran for 123 yards in his debut, said Walter Payton and Jerry Rice are his role models because they played at small colleges.

“That was one of the knocks people had on me, coming from a small school,” Forte said. “I take that as motivation, showing it doesn’t matter what school you go to for what kind of pro you are.”

It better not. Two of Chicago’s other running backs went to schools known even less for football than Forte’s Tulane: Adrian Peterson at Georgia Southern and Garrett Wolfe at Northern Illinois.

K.O. almost KO’ed

Offensive coordinator Ron Turner wanted Kyle Orton to slide at the end of his 10-yard scramble Sunday. Orton said he didn’t slide because he needed two more yards for the first down. “Third down and I’ve got a chance to pick up three more downs, I’m going to go in and try and pick it up. You can’t think about it when you are doing it. You see the first-down marker and you are trying to get there.”

Matt Trowbridge can be reached at (815) 987-1383 or mtrowbridge@rrstar.com.