CHICAGO -- Lovie Smith's history of making sudden changes in the secondary is well-documented.
The latest to fall victim to Smith's quick hook is starting left cornerback Zack Bowman, who despite leading the Bears with six interceptions last season, was replaced by Tim Jennings early in the second quarter of Monday’s 20-17 win over the Packers.
Bowman missed an open-field tackle on a short pass to James Jones late in the first quarter. The play did not result in a first down, but Bowman didn’t see the field for the rest of the game.
"We just felt like we needed a different look out there," Smith said. "[I] wasn't pleased with the way we started the football game out in that position."
To his credit, Jennings played an excellent football game, making seven tackles and recovering a late fumble that led to the Bears’ game-winning field goal.
"I think you probably know just as much as I do," Jennings told reporters. "I didn't know I was going to go in. When they told me I was in, I was just as shocked as everybody else. Coach [Smith] knew I was ready, he knew I worked hard during the week. Whenever my number is called, I'll be ready."
Bowman left the locker room without comment.