Lovie Smith, Bears make a statement

September, 28, 2010
9/28/10
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CHICAGO -- Clearly, there is no longer room on Lovie Smith's team for the benefit of the doubt or for patience or for nonsense. Chalk it up to desperation or team depth or to the new tough Lovie approach that there on the sideline Monday night for the Bears' biggest win in at least a year, were two of the higher-profile players on the team, wearing sweats. And that two other starters soon joined them on the bench.

"We had a decision to make," said Smith.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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