Loviefest: Smith speaks for first time since end of ’08 season

SHARE Loviefest: Smith speaks for first time since end of ’08 season

INDIANAPOLIS–Here are a couple quick highlights from Lovie Smith’s 24 minutes meeting with media this afternoon at the combine.

*** He reiterated the Bears feel like they’re “real close.”

*** Said he would be comfortable entering the season with the quarterback depth chart as is having Caleb Hanie and Brett Basanez compete for the No. 2 job.

*** Said final review of the season showed DT Tommie Harris played better than he was credited for being in 2008.

*** Made it clear Garrett Wolfe will have the first crack at being the complementary back to Matt Forte but said he was comfortable with the workload Forte had as a rookie.

*** Expects big things from LDE Adewale Ogunleye, who is entering the final year of his contract.

*** Said the Bears got the best free agent available in new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.

*** Said minicamp will be in mid-March because it’s the first chance for the team to do something about a disappointing season. It also allows Smith to install his defense.

Check back more a little later for further insight and analysis. Also, details from a presser with GM Jerry Angelo later today.

The Latest
The 8-3 loss dropped the Sox to 56-55. They’re 8-7 during a stretch of 19 games against teams with losing records.
A man, 51, was on the street next to his parked car about 12:45 p.m. in the first block of East 23rd Street when another vehicle pulled up alongside him.
The Sun-Times is counting down the top 10 teams in the preseason Super 25 and selecting the 10 best players at key positions.
Steven Young took Kankakee’s loss to Fenwick in last season’s Class 5A state title game hard.