Change best for Lovie and Bears

Smith is still a good coach, but it's time to try something new in Chicago

Updated: December 31, 2012, 5:06 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- On Saturday night at the team hotel in Dearborn, Mich., I found myself in an elevator with Lovie Smith.

He was in a gregarious mood, the kind you don't see during news conferences and only on the sideline after, say, a Devin Hester touchdown return. He was wearing a gray winter hat and a white dress shirt, laughing and joking with a Bears PR guy.

When the PR staffer got off the elevator, Smith nearly followed him, forgetting his own floor was higher up. ...

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