Bears' Wright: Matthew Stafford 'folds' under pressure

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

For a team that's barely hanging on in the NFC playoff picture, the Chicago Bears sure like to talk.

After Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton called the Lions a dirty team on Wednesday, safety Major Wright flung an arrow at Detroit's starting quarterback.

"You've got Matthew Stafford, he's definitely having an OK season," Wright told the Detroit News. "He can make any throw on that field, so you have to be aware of putting pressure on him because you put a little pressure on him -- he kind of folds. ... You put a little pressure on (Stafford), you close the pocket on him, and he hesitates. He doesn't make that perfect throw."

Wright's ill-timed analysis has some merit. Stafford has struggled at points this season. His mechanics are an occasional disaster and his decision-making has come under fire, but he's still thrown for 4,695 yards, second only to Drew Brees and almost 2,000 more than Jay Cutler.

Stafford has a chance to respond this weekend, when the Bears (9-6) face the Lions (4-11) in a regular-season finale that will decide Chicago's playoff fate.

After starting 7-1, only to crumble down the stretch, you'd think the Bears would zip it and get down to business, but Wright would rather litter Detroit's locker room with a Russian novel full of bulletin-board material. So be it.