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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Win big for Smith's job status?

By JEFF DICKERSON

CHICAGO -- Nobody was touching the topic of job security after the Chicago Bears' 36-30 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Lovie Smith: "I think the game tonight made a statement about our football team, where we are, and what we could be in the future, no more than that. As a football coach, your job is at stake every day you go to work, from the first day you go on the job till the end. I realize where I am, where we are. It's been a disappointing season, and I'm the head football coach."

Ron Turner: "I'm not even focusing on that. We'll get ready to go in (Tuesday) and get ready for Detroit. We'll enjoy this one for about two hours, as long as it takes to get home. With traffic it might be about three hours. But anyways, we'll just enjoy this one and focus on Detroit Tuesday. I'm not even thinking about all that stuff."

It's too late for Turner, but the Bears' effort against a superior Vikings team may bode well for Smith.