Lovie Smith sets tone for success

'Low-key' Bears coach's 9-3 record this season speaks loud and clear

Updated: December 7, 2010, 12:56 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- As a fire-spitting orator, Lovie Smith's reputation precedes him. He's somewhere between George Will and Jerry Manuel.

So when we got the news that he chewed out the defense for its lackluster effort in the first half Sunday, well, it became a story. A football coach yelling at players. Real breaking news there.

Next thing you know, we'll find out that football players lead with their helmets to make tackles.

So, just how mad was Smith at halftime ...

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