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Toub: Lovie a great coach, needs to stay

Posted by Larry Mayer on December 28, 2012 – 10:25 am

With Lovie Smith’s job security a popular topic in the media, special teams coordinator Dave Toub gave the Bears coach a ringing endorsement on Thursday.

“The one thing about Lovie, he’s always going to be the same, and that’s a great character trait as a head coach,” Toub said. “He doesn’t waver. If [something] is bothering him, he doesn’t let the players see it, he’s not letting the coaches see it.

“He’s been steady and we are very lucky, the Chicago Bears are very lucky to have Lovie Smith and we better realize that. Everybody better realize that.”

Hired as part of Smith’s original Bears staff in 2004, Toub enjoys their working relationship.

“He lets coaches coach,” Toub said. “He lets me do my job. He has total trust in everything that I do and as a coach you can’t ask for a better situation. Obviously I don’t call everything without going through him, but he lets us design our schemes and doesn’t second guess what we do. You can’t get a better situation as a coach.

“Lovie’s a great coach and he needs to stay here.”

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Tillman recovering from leg injury

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 10, 2012 – 4:33 pm

Although the Bears did not practice Monday, they were required to submit an injury report to the NFL because they play Thursday night against the Packers in Green Bay.

Had they worked out, cornerback Charles Tillman (shin) and tight end Kyle Adams (shoulder) would not have practiced and tackle J’Marcus Webb (thumb) would have been limited.

Brian Urlacher also would have been held out as a precautionary measure as he works his way back following arthroscopic knee surgery.

The star middle linebacker started Sunday’s season opener against the Colts after missing more than a month of training camp and all four preseason games. Urlacher sat out most of the second half after the Bears had built a 20-point lead.

“I’m pleased with the way he played his first time out,” coach Lovie Smith said Monday. “You have to look at it like that. It was his first action when they’re cutting you live and having to take on blocks. I think he did a decent job with it.”

Tillman injured his lower leg while blocking during a Colts punt early in Sunday’s game. He returned for a couple defensive series before being replaced by Kelvin Hayden, an eight-year veteran who signed with the Bears in April.

“Of course we want Charles out on the football field as much as possible,” Smith said. “We felt coming in that we had three starting corner types, saying Kelvin is one.

“Kelvin came in, did a good job, had a big hit, and made a couple big plays, so it was good to get him into the mix. We’ll need all three corners during the course of the year. But we need to get [Tillman] back out there.”

Smith said that he expects Tillman to play Thursday night in Green Bay, but the Bears coach conceded that his “glass is half-full always.”

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Lovie Smith impressed with RG III

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 16, 2012 – 5:24 pm

Coach Lovie Smith is eager to see how the Bears defense fares against Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III in Saturday night’s preseason game at Soldier Field.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who was selected by Washington with the second overall pick in the draft, completed 4 of 6 passes for 70 yards with one touchdown and a 145.8 passer rating in the Redskins’ 7-6 preseason-opening win over the Buffalo Bills.

“I’ve been impressed with him for a long time,” Smith said. “His college coach [at Baylor] is an old high school friend of mine, so I’ve followed them and him quite a bit.

“He can do everything you want a quarterback to do. He had over a 145 quarterback rating in the 14 plays he played last week. He’ll be a good challenge for us. It seems like most of the quarterbacks these days are athletic, and they can beat you moving around, buying time to complete passes, and he can do that.”

On Griffin’s third and final series against the Bills, he capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon.

Before starring at Baylor, Griffin attended Copperas Cove High School in Texas, the same school that produced Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. During the NFL Combine in February, Griffin said that he was inspired by Tillman’s success.

“I met Charles for the first time when I was a seventh-grader and he was in the league,” Griffin said at the time. “To watch him play the way he has and be a Pro Bowl player, it’s an inspiration. We’ve both got long hair, both went to Copperas Cove High School and hopefully we’ll both have great NFL careers.”

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