Chicago Bears’ head coach Lovie Smith took to the podium today and addressed the media from the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. While most of it was much of the same, I thought I’d transcribe a few of the more interesting points here . . .
On the Bears’ 2012 offseason program (voluntary work outs, mini-camps, etc.): “Our offseason program begins April 16th.”
On Matt Forte’s current contract situation: He is going to play his football for the Chicago Bears, you can start with that. The team hasn’t changed its approach to Matt Forte. I think we’re on record to how important Matt is to our organization.”
On Jay Cutler’s thumb injury: “Jay Cutler’s thumb is fine.”
On Jay’s feelings with regard to the offensive changes: “He’s pretty pumped to say the least.”
On new general manager Phil Emery: “The transition has gone smoothly. I can see why he ended up being our guy.”
On the offensive philosophy with the departure of Martz and promoting of Tice: “We’ll keep some things—the protections, how we call some things, they’ll stay the same. With each new year, there will be something new but it should be a smooth transition.”
On why the Bears decided against hiring a “passing game coordinator”: “In the end, we just didn’t need one. I just didn’t feel like we needed any more titles.”
On WR Johnny Knox’s availability in 2012: “There’s a long road to recovery [for Knox].”
On why the Bears denied Jon Hoke the opportunity to interview for the Viking’s defensive coordinator position: “We’re not trying to help any of our division opponents. We didn’t feel it was the appropriate thing to do for our team.”
On upgrading the wide receiver position: “We look to improve every position—wide receiver is a part of that.”
On upgrading the cornerback position: “If you’re going up against 6’5” receivers, you can’t just make a living of putting 5’9” corners on them.” I wrote about this comment and its possible implications for Bears’ CB Tim Jennings here.