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Lovie Smith is surprisingly realistic about the Bears

Lovie Smith is occasionally mocked for his overly sunny views on his team and his inability to recognize his squad’s faults.  (“Rex is our quarterback.”)

That’s why it was so surprising to hear the following quote from Smith on Monday, one day after the 5-3 Bears escaped with a 22-19 win over the winless Bills.

“We’re 5-3 right now, and a lot of times it seems like we’re 2-6 or
something
like that,” Smith said via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re a good football team, and, in
time, we’ll prove that more and more.  I like our position.”

Smith is dead on in the sense that there isn’t much separating the Bears from a 2-6 team.  But he’s also right that Chicago is in decent position in the NFC North.  Chicago has a chance to bury the Vikings this week and move to 3-0 in the division and tie for first.

(That brings up a tough question for Packers fans: Who are you rooting for this week?)

The Bears’ position is fine, but the reason why we don’t expect them to make the playoffs is their schedule.  They still have the Dolphins, Eagles, Patriots, and Jets on the docket before finishing the season in Lambeau Field.

Chicago will have done very well to survive that stretch and make their Week 17 trip to the Packers matter.

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38 Responses to “Lovie Smith is surprisingly realistic about the Bears”
  1. Hauschild says: Nov 8, 2010 5:13 PM

    “Chicago has a chance to bury the Vikings this week …”
    Not likely, but we’ll see which Vikings’ team shows up.

  2. BuckyBadger says: Nov 8, 2010 5:15 PM

    As a Packer fan it is easy on who we should root for. The Bears. The Bears don’t have the talent that the Vikings have and aren’t a real threat. They have too many problems with that offensive line to be a serious contender. I would rather see the Vikings buried for good and the Packers having to deal with a Bears team than having to worry about the Vikings who could make a late season surge.

  3. Jeff says: Nov 8, 2010 5:18 PM

    I think this is really misinterpreting Lovie’s context with this quote. I heard the audio today. PFT needs to take a listen rather than quoting the Sun Times. When you hear him say it, he’s clearly taking a shot at the media/fans that are critical of the team, rather than what you’re suggesting here. I think he just kind of stopped mid-sentence. When you hear it, it’s clear the intent was to say something like, “We’re 5-3 right now, and a lot of times it seems like we’re 2-6 or something like that, — the way you hear it portrayed by some of you guys in the media.”
    Go to the audio. He’s not being realistic. He’s taking a jab at critics of the team.

  4. CdnMike says: Nov 8, 2010 5:21 PM

    I will be taking the Vikings this week. If the defensive line and linebackers can start playing better (4th quarter vs Cardinals), Cutler will not last long. I expect at least 2 sack fumbles on Cutler.

  5. Mookie says: Nov 8, 2010 5:22 PM

    Greggg – you’re confusing Lovie’s arrogance with being self-aware. His “it seems like we’re 2-6 or something” is a reflection to the heat he is getting specifically from Chicago fans and to a lesser extent the Chicago media. If this teams end the season 8-8 or better, expect a lame duck coaching regime next year.

  6. acs3 says: Nov 8, 2010 5:23 PM

    That brings up a tough question for Packers fans: Who are you rooting for this week?
    ——-
    That’s not a tough question at all. I’ll be rooting for the Bears. I’d root for the Bears if they were 0-15 and the Packers needed a Vikings loss to qualify for the playoffs.

  7. snarkygurl68 says: Nov 8, 2010 5:24 PM

    The Bears have turned in some good performances (vs the Pack) this season as well as some sloppy performances (vs NYG). I admit I’m a little more concerned to go up against Minny after yesterday. They really needed that win to give them some momentum, but we’ll have home-field advantage. And Cutler looked like he finally figured out how to stay upright this week so that’s encouraging too. And we didn’t need OT to get the job done…
    More good news is that MN didn’t really show up until the end of the game vs AZ, so if CHI can come out blazing next week we’ll have a good shot of putting up some points while our D holds MN to very few. Let’s wait and see which teams show up at Soldier Field – it should be a good game!

  8. ClaysWife says: Nov 8, 2010 5:25 PM

    Makes no difference. The Vikes won’t catch up, and the Bears will inevitably crumble by the time they get to Lambeau.

  9. Dewey Axewoond says: Nov 8, 2010 5:26 PM

    With good defense and good special teams, the Bears can play with just about anybody.
    And in this season of lukewarm mediocrity–that might just be enough.
    That o-line has to keep getting better, though, and the injuries have to stay away.
    Bears have won their last 4 divisional games, I believe, and I hope they can continue that streak against the 0-4 road Queens.
    Should be tough game, though–if by some chance Peppers lets Sext Failvre live through the first 55 minutes of the game, I expect it to come down to a final possession.
    Note: Divisionally-speaking, a Bears win this week actually puts them a half game AHEAD of the Pack (by virtue of the tie-breaker), not tied with them.

  10. bogmon says: Nov 8, 2010 5:29 PM

    Hurts to admit it, but I want Minnesota to win.
    It just makes Green Bay’s standing that much better….and I think that GB has no problem defeating the ‘Queens in two weeks….
    The Bears sorta need a reality check….
    or…..maybe they can just tie!?!?

  11. MrHumble says: Nov 8, 2010 5:35 PM

    bucky badger…….kudo’s, you are an astute football mind. For sure the Vikings pose a bigger threat to the Packers than do the Bears and the Bears schedule will take care of business on that end. If the vikings should get some momentum going with beating the bears next week, it puts a lot more emphasis on the Packer/Viking rematch the week after plus the Vikings finish with the soft part of their schedule vs. Packers who started out with the soft part and got to play the Eagles without Vick at QB. The next 2 weeks will go a long ways towards shedding some light on the NFC North.

  12. sparky says: Nov 8, 2010 5:38 PM

    Packers fans will root for da bears….as said previously, their talent isn’t that good and plus da bears have to go to Lambeau in Jan….the Packers can kill off the queens in two weeks, albeit in the humpty dumpty dome…..a bit of a challenge but better to split with the queens and then sweep da bears for the division.

  13. jimmySee says: Nov 8, 2010 5:41 PM

    I’m a Packers fan rooting for the Bears. The Vikings are new kids on the block. They have yet to earn respect.
    Bear down Bears!

  14. Sumeria says: Nov 8, 2010 5:43 PM

    I hope it ends in a tie.

  15. BillW says: Nov 8, 2010 5:44 PM

    Absolutely – Lovie was being critical of his critics – not being realistic. Obviously – and I didn’t have to hear the tape to realize this. He’s saying “for the negative comments we get, you’d think we were 2-6 and not 5-3.
    I’m sure GB is rooting for the Bears because they live in fear of Favre beating them out. If I were a GB fan (did I really type that?) I’d figure the Pack can beat the Bears in GB with our bad O-line.
    Pack fans don’t beleive they can beat Favre. Even though they did it this year, you can tell they are afraid of him and want/need other teams to beat the Vikes.

  16. Vikadontis Rex says: Nov 8, 2010 6:14 PM

    Glad to hear Packers fans are more afraid of a 3-5 Vikings than a 5-3 Bears. If only the Vikings could have squeezed out 1 of those wins earlier and been at 4-4 right now. We shouldve beat the Dolphins (could have easily beaten the Saints or Jets).
    The problem is fighting for the division as well as wildcard. There are a lot of good teams with pretty easy schedules to finish out the season (Giants, Eagles, Saints, Falcons). I see the Eagles, Falcons, Rams and Packers winning their divisions, so it will be down to the Vikings, Bears, Saints, Giants, Seahawks, and Bucs to fight for 2 wild card spots. We need to AT LEAST go 9-7, hopefully 10-6 to get in. And with games against the Bears twice, Packers, Eagles, Giants, Redskins, then @ Detroit who is looking strong recently, 10-6 seems very difficult. Still tho, always gotta root for the team, that’s what this game is all about!
    SKOL VIKINGS!

  17. Lwood says: Nov 8, 2010 6:19 PM

    @Jeff…your right on the money, he would NEVER say that, except to try and razz the Media and Fans who don’t think much of him, Jerry or any of the other dumb asses in Lake Forest….THEY MUST BE REMOVED for this franchise to do anything besides mire in mediocrity….do you really think they’ll win more than 3 more games this season? Hell no…

  18. Sow Crates says: Nov 8, 2010 6:23 PM

    For the record:
    Chicago’s defense does NOT play like a unit that deserves to be 2-6. A variety of statistical information is out there to be had in support of Chicago’s solid defensive season.
    -Lead the league in opponents’ yards per attempt while passing (6.0), meaning they keep plays in front of them and limit big plays.
    -4th in points allowed/game, at 16.8
    -Top 5 in interceptions and in forced fumbles

  19. CaCheesehead says: Nov 8, 2010 6:25 PM

    When the Bears play the Vikings, Packer fans root for injuries

  20. jaypeso says: Nov 8, 2010 6:27 PM

    when rex was their quarteback they went to the superbowl remember

  21. zleep says: Nov 8, 2010 6:35 PM

    Sometimes the media takes itself too seriously. Sometimes when Lovie Smith talks to you he’s really talking to the team. That’s his priority. Of course he had to say Rex is his QB (compare this balanced, savvy approach to that of Childress and the Favre escapade). Of course Lovie is supporting his team. Now he’s saying this team can be better than it seems.
    And have any of you noticed that the Bears have won 5 games this year? Have you counted how many NFC teams have more? In a full season the Bears only won 7 last year. None of you believe the Bears will make the playoffs, but tell me I’m wrong at the end of the season. [ps, i’ve never been a Bears fan].
    Summary: Smith talks for his team. His team is better than last year. Looks warty. Wins.

  22. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: Nov 8, 2010 6:39 PM

    Hauschild-
    Really? When was the last time the Vikings beat a team with a winning record? Last year? Yeah, real unlikely the Bears win at home against a 3-5 Vikings team. Yesterday really made those Super Bowl aspirations a reality, I guess.

  23. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: Nov 8, 2010 6:44 PM

    MrHumble –
    Vick played against the Packers after Kolb got knocked out. In fact, Vick almost won the Eagles the game. I agree with you about the schedule difference, but the Vikings have less room for error than the Packers do, and a loss at Chicago next week may make it a non issue.

  24. Rex Grossman says: Nov 8, 2010 6:46 PM

    Hey Gregg that’s not what he’s saying at all. You are off today man. Chug a Muscle Milk and get some sleep. I need you on top of your game.

  25. cusoman says: Nov 8, 2010 6:57 PM

    CaCheesehead says: November 8, 2010 6:25 PM
    When the Bears play the Vikings, Packer fans root for injuries
    —————
    And remember, the Packers are the classiest fans in the league. Right.

  26. scrapdawg12 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:12 PM

    RUN THE BALL! Forte is by far your best player and your line stinks and will not open holes for him. Throw screens and dumpoffs to him. He’s a stud

  27. CanadianVikingFanII says: Nov 8, 2010 7:14 PM

    CaCheesehead says:
    November 8, 2010 6:25 PM
    When the Bears play the Vikings, Packer fans root for injuries
    ———————–
    You are a douchebag. I don’t even give a crap that you are a Packer fan, any loser who roots for injuries is nothing but a sad excuse of a human being.

  28. anthem says: Nov 8, 2010 7:15 PM

    at least Dallas is smart enough to know when to get rid of a useless head coach!

  29. Chicagojeff says: Nov 8, 2010 7:28 PM

    @sparky
    Packers fans will root for da bears….as said previously, their talent isn’t that good and plus da bears have to go to Lambeau in Jan….the Packers can kill off the queens in two weeks, albeit in the humpty dumpty dome…..a bit of a challenge but better to split with the queens and then sweep da bears for the division.
    How can you sweep the Bears when we already beat you in Chicago?? Gee all that cheese must slow the brain down..

  30. BigBear123 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:29 PM

    Can’t compare the Cradinals D to the Bears with a straight face. Cards D crumbled, Vikes just took advantage.

  31. snarkygurl68 says: Nov 8, 2010 7:45 PM

    anthem says:
    November 8, 2010 7:15 PM
    at least Dallas is smart enough to know when to get rid of a useless head coach!
    ========
    And let’s compare records (NFL and divisional) between the ‘Boys and the Bears this year….

  32. TweedleDum says: Nov 8, 2010 8:09 PM

    # BigBear123 says: November 8, 2010 7:29 PM
    Can’t compare the Cradinals D to the Bears with a straight face. Cards D crumbled, Vikes just took advantage.
    ____________________________
    You are absolutely right. There is no comparison at all. The Cardinals D is far superior!

  33. SanDiegoPackerFan says: Nov 8, 2010 8:28 PM

    I’ll be rooting for a Vikings loss…..then they will basically be out of the picture. The Bears record is inflated from luck. They should be 1-7, plus their schedule is getting tougher…..I bet they do not win 3 more games.Packers schedule is not much easier, but the Pack will win the divsion and the Bears still suck
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvY2LNjkIh0&feature=related

  34. Philtration says: Nov 8, 2010 8:30 PM

    # BuckyBadger says: November 8, 2010 5:15 PM
    As a Packer fan it is easy on who we should root for. The Bears. The Bears don’t have the talent that the Vikings have and aren’t a real threat. They have too many problems with that offensive line to be a serious contender. I would rather see the Vikings buried for good and the Packers having to deal with a Bears team than having to worry about the Vikings who could make a late season surge.
    ====================================
    Yet the Bears have already beaten the Packers this year.
    Oh wait…. I forgot. The Packers “gave” that game away.
    Just like every other loss in their history.

  35. Velmas Turtleneck Sweater Lint says: Nov 8, 2010 8:36 PM

    Clays WIfe : Lovie Smith Bear teams are 3 and 3 at Lambeau, you must be thinking of all those delicious cheese curds you ate tonight when you mention ‘crumbling’.
    Sparky: How do they sweep the Bears when they’ve already lost to them this season ?
    Get a clue you PaperTown yokels !

  36. JayBot says: Nov 8, 2010 10:28 PM

    I agree with Jeff who said:
    “Go to the audio. He’s not being realistic. He’s taking a jab at critics of the team.”
    I also think that’s what he’s doing. When Lovie says “it seems like we’re 2-6 or something”, he’s saying that the media is scrutinizing the team as though it has a losing record. I haven’t heard anything coming from Halas Hall this year that would make me believe that Lovie’s rose-colored glasses have lost any tint.

  37. JimmySmith says: Nov 8, 2010 10:45 PM

    That’s easy to answer, we will root for any team playing the Vikings, except for last week when we rooted against the Cards. But that was only because we know the Vikings are like toothless Lions with Col Clueless Klink at the head coaching position.
    We weren’t really sure he would be fired but, hey, you can’t take a chance. Now that the fools are back on the dunce chair, we are again hoping for a CryQueen’s loss. It is for purely entertainment purposes, we just love hearing their excuses each time, they are so creative in that regard.

  38. Surfrockman says: Nov 8, 2010 11:01 PM

    Cutler hasn’t had a winning season since high school! No reason to believe that the bears will finish above .500 with this cry baby loser at quarterback!

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