The 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hit the road for a Week 12 clash with the 4-6 Chicago Bears on Sunday in a matchup that features a pair of familiar faces returning to Soldier Field. Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Josh McCown return to Chicago to take on their former team for the first time.
If the game has any extra meaning for Smith, the former head coach of the Bears, he didn’t let on in Thursday’s press conference.
“This is how I really feel about it: we’ve got an NFC opponent, a chance to get a win,” Smith said. “I used to coach there a while back, like I did at Big Sandy High School, Arizona State, Kentucky, Ohio State, Tennessee and St. Louis [Rams] and have a lot of friends there, but we need to get a win. What’s the rest of the story?”
Smith coached the Bears from 2004-2012. During his tenure, the Bears finished first in the NFC North three times (2005, 2006 and 2010) and made it to Super Bowl XLI in 2006, where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Smith was fired after the 2012 season when the Bears failed to reach the playoffs after going 7-1 to start the season.Read more... Join the Conversation...