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Lovie Smith is determined not to let Sam Hurd situation become a distraction

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Bears receiver Sam Hurd allegedly is a real-life Heisenberg.  His coach is determined to prevent the situation from turning the team’s season into the Hindenburg.

Lovie Smith, who first found out about Hurd’s arrest when Hurd didn’t show up for work today, intends to prevent the perp walk from affecting the ongoing playoff run.  “A lot’s going on,” Smith said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.  “We don’t need any distractions, and we can’t let it become that.”

So what effect has the latest legal story to take the league by storm had on the Bears?  “It was business as usual around here,” Smith said.  “A typical Thursday practice for us.  We will not let this become a distraction for us.”

But Smith’s comments drip with delusion.  He says he’s confident that no other players are involved — presumably as confident as he would have been on Wednesday that Hurd wouldn’t be involved.  “I know that anyone we bring through here, we’ve had an extensive search, to find out if there’s something out there,” Smith said.

Apparently, that “extensive search” wasn’t performed on Hurd.

On one hand, Smith has no choice but to try to downplay the mess that has popped up out of nowhere.  On the other hand, Smith needs to be realistic — and a minimum guarded — about his comments before he makes a sweeping comment that will make him appear to be even more out of touch with his players than he was with Hurd.

Hurd reportedly supplied more than 10 players with drugs.  For now, no one knows — including Smith — whether any other Bears are on that list.

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53 Responses to “Lovie Smith is determined not to let Sam Hurd situation become a distraction”
  1. slammincamnewton says: Dec 15, 2011 5:09 PM

    SPOILER!!! It already has…

  2. KIR says: Dec 15, 2011 5:10 PM

    When Sam figures out how much time he can get is where “Stop Snitchin’” goes wrong. lol Trust, who ever was his previous supplier is sweating bullets right about now. No plan B? That’s too bad.

  3. daysend564 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:11 PM

    It won’t be a distraction until we see how many Bears are on his distro list

  4. thejuddstir says: Dec 15, 2011 5:12 PM

    Geez, Lovie didn’t say whether Sam would be suiting up this weekend!!

  5. mianfr says: Dec 15, 2011 5:12 PM

    I think it’s funny that in the NFL, Lovie Smith can have absolutely no idea that his player is part of a major inter-state drug trade with sums far exceeding his salary, yet if he were an NCAA coach and Lovie was unaware that his player received, say, a car, the Bears would be cited with a lack of institutional control and not be allowed to go to the playoffs for two years.

  6. achap39 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:13 PM

    Good luck with that, Lovie.

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 15, 2011 5:13 PM

    You could’ve at least given me credit for bringing Breaking Bad into this story PFT I mean come on.

    But still, I love that show.

  8. joetoronto says: Dec 15, 2011 5:15 PM

    This is gonna get really fugly very soon.

  9. angrycorgi says: Dec 15, 2011 5:18 PM

    I have a funny feeling the list of players buying grass from Sam is a lot more than a dozen…

  10. pbolyard says: Dec 15, 2011 5:19 PM

    Of coarse this is going to be a distraction. Now all the Bears players need to find a new hook up.

  11. k2308 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    What do you want him to say? “Yea this is the worst thing that could have happened our season is over…”

    If he says anything other then the company line you have a post on that. Mike.

  12. numberoneinthehoodg says: Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    I’m not sure this is what they meant in the Pepsi versus Coke promos. Or was it?

  13. skinsrock says: Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    I would cut him, that would be the first step.

  14. mikeholmgrenwearsstretchpants says: Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    Yeah, because the Bears still had high hopes for the playoffs. And now because of these distractions they may very well get smoked in their remaining games.

    Thanks, I’ll be here all weekend.

  15. mikeheruki says: Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    Lovie is so stupid. This guy is blind. He can’t evaluate talent, can’t manage the clock or his time outs. He can’t even control his own coaches.

    Time for Virginia to wake Lovie up and send him packing. If the Barber double header wasn’t enough, this gem should show her he has NO CLUE.

  16. bennyd720 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    ???Sam Hurd??? Who cares about Sam Hurd? Lovie and the Bears won’t as soon as they cut him. I just want to know who is on the list of dust head players…

  17. bostonbeasts says: Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    BEARS Smoke Coke? How Surprising

  18. packattack1967 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:25 PM

    Dont ‘blow’ it – Bwaaaahaaahaaa

  19. Tim says: Dec 15, 2011 5:29 PM

    Breaking Bad reference.. love it, but totally different situation. If Hurd was actually making cocaine, then I’d be impressed.

  20. 4t9er says: Dec 15, 2011 5:34 PM

    This could tarnish the reputation of two NFL franchises. Who knew about this and when?

  21. tomsd1 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:36 PM

    Hey – guys on the IR have to get jacked up some way, eh?

  22. franklamar17 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:37 PM

    The police always lie about the charges…They said he was one of the biggest drug dealers in town…this is not mayberry ,this is chicago..4 kilo s and he is the man…I promise you all that crime that goes on there,has alot more to do with the 5 to 10,000 kilos that flow thru there weekly..Don t believe the hype..

  23. moerawn says: Dec 15, 2011 5:40 PM

    Who will be his biggest named client? Marion Barber DID make a few errors last week…

  24. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Dec 15, 2011 5:40 PM

    Maybe Wendell Davis is available.

  25. nineroutsider says: Dec 15, 2011 5:42 PM

    Um, once that list is released, you can bet some more prominent Bears will be on it. You can also bet they are losing their minds right now, so yeah enjoy the distraction you didn’t want.

    Every player associated with Sam’s dealings is wigging out; hope there aren’t any 9ers named!

  26. thefnlimit says: Dec 15, 2011 5:46 PM

    When will the movie come out? Sounds interesting.

  27. Deb says: Dec 15, 2011 5:48 PM

    @mianfr …

    NFL players are adult men, not kids sleeping in a dorm on campus and declaring all their worldly goods. Lovie’s his coach, not his keeper. Every large employer in the country has at least one addict and possibly one supplier on staff … unbeknown to management.

  28. earthtopft says: Dec 15, 2011 5:53 PM

    Lovie expects certain Bear players, who he will not name, to “play like it’s their last game”.

  29. briscocountyjr says: Dec 15, 2011 5:53 PM

    It’s bear season…

  30. dkeyser says: Dec 15, 2011 5:55 PM

    Players are bigger, faster, stronger……. Well now we know why. They are all hopped up on coke…. At least “double digets” of them

  31. trollhammer20 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:57 PM

    mikeholmgrenwearsstretchpants says:Dec 15, 2011 5:21 PM

    Yeah, because the Bears still had high hopes for the playoffs. And now because of these distractions they may very well get smoked in their remaining games.

    Thanks, I’ll be here all weekend.
    ______________________________

    You forgot to mention they can’t afford to BLOW it, and are now missing a POSSESSION receiver.

  32. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 15, 2011 5:59 PM

    “MY NAME IS MY NAME!!!”

  33. trollaikman8 says: Dec 15, 2011 5:59 PM

    I remember HBO’s Hard Knocks portrayal of Sam Hurd….a God-fearing, Bible-Reading hustle player on the edge of making the Cowboys 53-man roster.

    Yeah he was a hustler alright.

    http://imgur.com/2t8bc

  34. jutts says: Dec 15, 2011 6:07 PM

    For a guy who has been a Bear for only 6 months. I don’t think the Bears had much to do with Sam Hurd’s dealings, but I can’t wait to see how many Packers are on his list of clients. Maybe half I’d say. PfT might not want to post this: We all know how much they hate the Bears.

  35. dannymac17 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:09 PM

    This is gonna get alot worse than it is better. Lovie shoulda done a Barber and not talked to the media.

  36. teal379 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:10 PM

    Wondering if any COACHES are on Sam’s little list of “clients”…

  37. joetoronto says: Dec 15, 2011 6:11 PM

    Mike Brown will see a bargain and want to sign him for the league minimum.

  38. jimbroney says: Dec 15, 2011 6:12 PM

    There goes my fantasy team!

  39. kd75 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:19 PM

    Despite Paulie’s warning not to mess with that garbage Hurd could tell that even with Sandy snorting more than she packaged, this was a very profitable business.

  40. cubear34 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:23 PM

    The bears first and foremost need to let this go. with only 109 yards on offense this year sam is not going to be missed.

  41. tonymission says: Dec 15, 2011 6:31 PM

    Dude is buying weed for $450 / lb? I’m embarrassed that NFL players can’t afford to smoke the good stuff — $3000-5500 / lb. I have to imagine he was supplying the players with his other product.

  42. thejuddstir says: Dec 15, 2011 6:47 PM

    I wonder if Hurd and Johnny Jolly were sharin’ in the profits. sounds like they had a monopoly goin’ with the players, regular drug store.

  43. Deb says: Dec 15, 2011 6:59 PM

    teal379 says:

    Wondering if any COACHES are on Sam’s little list of “clients”…
    ————————————————-
    Ooooh, now there’s a question. Wonder if we’ll ever know.

  44. firejerry says: Dec 15, 2011 7:04 PM

    Someone please tell Lovie that the season is over for the Bears—Jerry Angelo made sure of that.

    No Backup for QB, RB…….no real talent WR OL.

  45. imopen7 says: Dec 15, 2011 7:16 PM

    Open microwave…insert popcorn. I hope its done before sportscenter comes on! Taking bets on who makes the list….

  46. 5chan says: Dec 15, 2011 7:18 PM

    So are you saying I should drop Sam Hurd from my 16 team fantasy roster?

  47. dirtybird2020 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:14 PM

    When did frank lucas join the nfl?!??!

  48. tommytd says: Dec 15, 2011 8:45 PM

    Most of the time, the Bears play like they’re all on drugs.

  49. freedomispopular says: Dec 15, 2011 9:17 PM

    When you’ve got Caleb Hanie as your starting QB, you can definitely use a distraction.

  50. lookatthefarside says: Dec 15, 2011 9:42 PM

    That explains Schwartz from the lions trying to beat up on Harbaugh. He was jacked on Hurd’s coke.

  51. dmobey says: Dec 15, 2011 9:49 PM

    WHAT???

    Addict?

    Supplier???

    He’s not been convicted of anything therefore he’s totally innocent, just like Bathroom Ben.

    Oh wait.

    Bathroom Ben is different.

    He’s dreamy.

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    Deb says:
    Dec 15, 2011 5:48 PM
    @mianfr …

    NFL players are adult men, not kids sleeping in a dorm on campus and declaring all their worldly goods. Lovie’s his coach, not his keeper. Every large employer in the country has at least one addict and possibly one supplier on staff … unbeknown to management.

  52. philtration says: Dec 15, 2011 10:14 PM

    Distraction from what Lovie?

    Everyone here in Chicago knows that you and Jerry Angelo suck and should have been fired after the 2009 season.

    Nothing can take away the focus from that Captain NyQuil.

  53. asublimeday says: Dec 16, 2011 3:34 AM

    I like lovie, tice, and marinelli. I wish this somehow only got Martz and angelo fired.

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