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On the level

With unwavering Smith calling the plays, Bears defense follows his lead

Originally Published: September 21, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

It is not often that an NFL defense strives to be characterized as even-keeled, humble or, God forbid, laid-back. But under the leadership of head coach Lovie Smith, who is calling the Chicago Bears' defensive signals from the sideline for the first time since his days as coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, this appears to be the personality emerging.

And, after the first two weeks anyway, it seems to be working.

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