A timely wake-up call

Lovie Smith's motivational ploys seemed to rev up the Bears' defense

Updated: October 17, 2011, 2:50 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- NyQuil pitchman/Bears coach Lovie Smith said the dramatic benching of safeties Chris "Hitman" Harris and Brandon "Illegal Hitman" Meriweather wasn't meant as a pan-banging alarm clock to his slumbering defense.

Smith, of course, won't admit to some injury list gamesmanship with Julius Peppers going from doubtful with a sprained MCL to very, very active Sunday night.

"We're not trying to wake anybody up," said Smith, who has been known to put reporters to sleep ...

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