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.