June 6th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Bears head coach Lovie Smith spoke up about his off-season yesterday.

He touched on what the coaches have been doing and what he has been doing to keep busy during the tough lockout.

Here is what he had to say:

“We would like to have the players out here, but it’s not like we don’t have anything to do,” he said. “I can’t say I’m getting bored. It’s the opposite. There is learning every day. It has been awesome.”

Today, former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy, will visit Halas Hall to talk over some ideas for the upcoming season.

“We’re just going to talk football for a day,” Smith said. “There aren’t a whole lot of us still in our system who believe in it the way we do. We’re pumped up about him coming.”

“Everything has to be about beating our rival, as it is every year,” Smith said of the Packers. “And there is a little bit of added emphasis on it this year. They are at the top of the hill.”

Smith believes there is not a lot separating the Super Bowl champion Packers and the Bears.

“We match up pretty good with them,” he said. “Your gauge has to be the Super Bowl champion. We beat them here. They beat us there (and at Soldier Field in the playoffs). All three games could have gone either way. There should be some more classic matchups between the two of us. We can’t wait.”

“It’s a good thing whenever teammates can get together and work out, but as far as really getting ready for the season, it doesn’t do it,” Smith said. “Why would you go through OTAs if that was the case? When our players get here, we’re saying we’re starting from scratch.”

“No matter what guys say, it’s one thing to have a personal trainer and be working out on your own; it’s different when you are working out in this environment,” Smith said. “You can’t condition for football stuff without football.”

Smith says he will be open to allowing extra conditioning time early in camp if need be. But he isn’t interested in scheduling more two-a-days.

“I don’t think that’s the answer,” he said. “You can’t say, OK, we missed time, we have to make up for it. I don’t think you get a lot out of two-a-days. You can get the same amount of work with one good practice and have walk-throughs, lifting, meetings. We’ll be fine.”

“When you have a group like this, to validate it you have to be able to hold up the Lombardi Trophy,” Smith said. “We’re close. If you’re close, you’re a pretty good football team. You need a couple of things to go your way, make a couple of changes, tighten up a few things. That’s where we are.”

All quotes from Chicagotribune.com.

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