Duerson was asked if the Saturday night meeting would be a regular thing. "I'm superstitious," he said, "so I guess it will be, except that next week my old school, Notre Dame, is playing Michigan on TV. So I might have to keep the sound on a little longer."
The big question about Chicago's defense was how the outside linebackers, Ron Rivera and Jim Morrissey, would hold up in place of Wilson and Marshall. They did just fine. Defensive coach Vince To-bin flops them—Rivera, the bigger of the two, playing the strong, or tight end, side, and Morrissey going weak. The defensive ends flop, too; at least they did against the Dolphins. William Perry went strongside, and Richard Dent played the open side. The 320-pound Perry was no factor—no tackles, no assists, minimal pressure on the quarterback. The Bears hope that he will at least be a force to contend with against teams that like to run to the strong side, as this Sunday's opponents, the Indianapolis Colts, like to do. Dent was more active than Perry, but what pressure Marino felt came more from the inside rushers, Dan Hampton and Steve McMichael, who are the best pair of defensive tackles in the business.
In the wake of this crushing opening-day victory, the NFL is impressed, but it still wonders what to expect from a team whose personality has changed so dramatically on both sides of the ball. Chicago isn't explosive. It's not thrilling, but it's very sound—so far. Against Miami, they did everything right—well, almost everything. They went into the 1988 season as the underdog in the NFC Central, behind Minnesota. Now they're on top. "It's going to be interesting," said Ditka.