Lovie Smith, Bears make a statement

Coach's tough decisions pay off as his Bears boast the best record in the NFC

Updated: September 28, 2010, 12:28 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Clearly, there is no longer room on Lovie Smith's team for the benefit of the doubt or patience or nonsense. Chalk it up to desperation or team depth or to the new tough-Lovie approach that was there on the sideline Monday night for the Bears' biggest win in at least a year. There were two higher-profile players on the team, wearing sweats. And soon two other starters joined them on the bench.

"We had a decision to make," the Chicago Bears coach said.

And so they ...

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