Smith, Turner say Vikings are focus

November, 25, 2009
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lovie Smith and Ron Turner deny getting caught up in any of the speculation surrounding the future of both coaches in Chicago.

"I just look at Minnesota film," Turner said after Wednesday's practice. "I put that film on, and I'm not going to think about anything else but Minnesota. That's where all my energy and all my focus has to go. How can we get our team better? How can we get our guys to perform at a high level consistently? (We're) looking at ways to move the ball and attack those guys, and that's where all the focus has got to go."

"You can't (react to those stories)," Smith said. "Minnesota is enough to keep you occupied. You have to say focused on the task at hand. We're 4-6, any team that's 4-6 right now is answering questions about things that really don't affect what's going on (on the football field). We're trying to get better each day. We have a big game coming up this week, and our focus is just on that."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.



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