Shades of the old gang

Veteran holdovers from Lovie Smith era make last stand to help right Bears D

Updated: December 19, 2013, 9:32 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Every week, NFL beat reporters talk to the star player of the home teams opposition on a conference call. A dozen people crowd around a speakerphone to ask tough questions and receive awkward answers.

In the world of the conference call, every player is great and it's always going to be a tough game.

It's a condensed conversation that is like almost every other one in an NFL week in which only a handful of players say interesting things and most coaches treat ...

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