Kyle Long: Bears need to find ‘that extra juice’ at Soldier Field

Right tackle Kyle Long wants the Bears to have a road warrior mentality -- at home.
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The Chicago Bears are a respectable 3-2 on the road this season. However, when playing within the friendly confines of Soldier Field, the team is 1-5.

Bears right tackle Kyle Long said the squad is able to get up for away games, but the team is still trying to capture that same energy at home. He described it as finding "that extra juice," according to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson:

Head coach John Fox isn’t putting too much stock in Chicago’s poor record at home. The "who" is more important than the "where" to him, according to the team’s official Twitter account.

I was thinking about this long and hard last night, and we put a big emphasis on being road warriors. You know, it’s so hard to go on the road and win in the NFL. I guess we might find that extra something when you go on the road. You know, when you know that it’s us against the entire stadium; that kind of gives you that extra juice.

We have to be able to find that at home. We have to find whatever it is to be able to give these people something to cheer about because it hasn’t happened. It’s been lackluster on our end. And we understand that. We take full responsibility for that. And I know that they’re sick and tired of hearing that. And I’m sick and tired of saying it. We’ve got to figure something out. We need to find that extra juice that we do when we’re on the road.

After falling to the San Francisco 49ers at home in Week 13, the Bears can redeem themselves with a win over the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field this Sunday.

The Bears go back on the road for two weeks after that, then return home for the season finale against the Detroit Lions.

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