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|Ron Rivera admits it won't be just another game Sunday, but Lovie Smith is downplaying Rivera's return.|
“Still, it has never quite been the same, and if Bears fans experienced a twinge of jealousy when Rivera was hired by Carolina last spring, perhaps it is because the Panthers have a leader who seems more hung up on winning than anything else. With the Bears, the double-talk to the public continues. And Smith, who for the last two years has not allowed his coordinators to speak after games, again sounded defensive this week when asked for his thoughts on facing Rivera. "We're excited about getting an opportunity to play the Carolina Panthers," Smith said. "I don't think Ron is going to be out there playing..." Not literally, anyway. Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com.
All I know is that my three-year contract expired and we'll leave it at that.” -- Ron Rivera