There have been a couple of reports out of Chicago this week that Bears coach Lovie Smith is on the hot seat because the team has lost four of their last five games.
Smith isn’t sweating anything, though. He said Wednesday that he thinks the team is in “great shape” at 8-5 and that they won’t be making any big changes at this point in the season as a result of the recent run of bad results.
“A lot of teams would like to be in the position we’re in right now, believe me … in the playoffs right now, and all you have to do is win three football games. Most guys would take that,” Smith said, via the Chicago Tribune. “So again, don’t feel sorry for the Chicago Bears. We’re in great shape. No, we’re not going to get rid of any coaches and we’re going to try to keep as many of our players as we possibly can and we’re going to win some football games.”
The Bears play the Packers this Sunday and need to win to have a shot at winning the division this year. Even if they lose, though, they close with the Cardinals and Lions and two wins would leave them with a 10-6 record that should be good enough to get them into the playoffs. It’s not the way you’d like to close after a 7-1 start, but it also isn’t a moment to drastically change what has worked out pretty well in general for the Bears this season.