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Monday, November 9, 2009
Lovie Smith says Bears haven't had discipline problems ... but is that the truth?


LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- One comment made by Bears coach Lovie Smith on Monday struck me as odd.


"We haven't had problems like that [the Tommie Harris situation] in the past," Smith said. "We haven't had to deal with things like this in the past. We know you play the game between the whistles."


Excuse me?

Charles Tillman essentially cost the Bears a game versus Tampa Bay in 2008 for taking a swing at Bucs receiver Michael Clayton in overtime. Remember that? The Bears were about to force the Buccaneers to punt from their own 10-yard line, but then Tillman got flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness, which gave Tampa a new set of downs. The Bucs went on to march down the field and win the game on a Matt Bryant 21-yard field goal.


Granted, Tillman wasn't ejected, but how can you not draw parallels between the two incidents?


What about Mark Anderson shoving Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller after a play in Week 2 -- which resulted in a $5,000 fine.


Isolated incident? Give me a break.