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Lovie Smith’s advice to rookies: Make us notice you


Every NFL team currently will start training camp with a 90-man roster that has maybe 30 rookies and first-year players on it, and teams will enter the regular season with a 53-man roster that has maybe 10 rookies and first-year players on it. So somewhere around 600 rookies and first-year players will get cut this summer. Bears coach Lovie Smith has some advice for the young guys on his team for how to avoid being among that 600: Do something in practice that makes you stand out.

In a video on the Bears’ website showing scenes from the team’s first rookie minicamp practice, Smith implores the rookies to do something that gets them noticed by the coaching staff.

“It’s time to go to work now,” Smith said at the beginning of the workout. “Do something to make us take notice. You’re trying to win a job and help us win a championship.”

After the practice, Smith emphasized that message again.

“Some guys stood out a little bit today, made us take notice,” Smith told the rookies afterward. “And that’s what you want to do—but not just one day. You want to do it over and over. Two more practices. All we ask you to do is just improve a little bit tomorrow.”

The majority of the rookies who heard that message will be gone by the start of the regular season. The ones who “stood out a little bit” have a better chance of staying.

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8 Responses to “Lovie Smith’s advice to rookies: Make us notice you”
  1. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:40 PM

    Green Bay seems to be fixture, Detroit is rising like a Phoenix from the ashes, the Bears have all the weapons needed to take a shot….NFC North has quietly become the number one or two division in the League.

    Same applies to the AFC North.

  2. dexterismyhero says: Jun 25, 2012 12:52 PM

    One of the rookies took a dump on the field just to get noticed.

    Coaches were saying nice Move!!!! Is that a Cleveland Steamer?

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 25, 2012 12:52 PM

    Motivational speeches are always cool. It’s what makes good coaches in the NFL. You should check out The Texans website, they have some good interviews where things like that happen.

  4. mvp43 says: Jun 25, 2012 12:57 PM

    ……and you too can end up like Matt Forte

  5. jrock3x8 says: Jun 25, 2012 1:17 PM

    I would call Lovie Smith’s speeches “motivation” – he makes watching paint dry feel like a carnival ride…

  6. 91devinhester23 says: Jun 25, 2012 1:21 PM

    @jerrysandusky1 and we’ve got the vikes for comic relief

  7. stavreafavre says: Jun 25, 2012 4:10 PM

    Plenty of training camp fights coming, I would guess.

  8. chi01town says: Jun 27, 2012 7:37 PM

    Lovie is looking for a star to suprize his division with .. I hope he finds a few cause its time for Chicago to get some new RINGS an for Lovie to get a new contract, GO BEARS

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