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Bears coach positively maddening

Lovie Smith continues to favor relentless optimism over hard truths

Updated: January 2, 2012, 6:13 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

In some ways you almost have to admire the half-crazed, half-full philosophy of Lovie Smith.

As the Chicago Bears' coach put it Monday, "When you're 7-8 and some disappointing things have happened during the course of the season, the only thing you can do is get to 8-8 ..."

He also ticked off the many other good things that happened with the Bears' first victory in their last six games Sunday -- like the offense getting to 2,000 rushing yards for the season; special teams reaching ...

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