The Chicago Bears have been one of the healthiest teams in the league this year, and the Green Bay Packers have been one of the teams most adversely affected by injuries.
But Bears coach Lovie Smith isn’t offering Green Bay any sympathy.
“A lot of has been said about the amount of injuries they have had,” Smith said. “All teams have injuries.”
Yes, all teams have injuries, but it’s silly for Smith to pretend his team hasn’t had good luck with its players staying healthy, or that the Packers haven’t had bad luck with a number of key players being lost for the season. Smith, however, doesn’t want any excuses if the Bears win on Sunday.
“Their core, [Clay] Matthews is there, you have a guy like Aaron Rodgers, and of course you add a player like James Starks running the ball, they’ve had a pretty good nucleus to be able to play,” Smith said. “I saw them being one of the teams at the end you would have to deal with.”
And if Smith thinks the Packers are tough to deal with now, just think how tough they’d be to deal with if they had had the Bears’ good luck with injuries.