Lovie: ‘We Will Finish The Job’

(WBBM) Less than 24 hours after the Bears defeated the Vikings to end their season on a one-game winnings streak, head coach Lovie Smith is already looking toward the 2012 season.

“I think you remember (the season) exactly like it played out,” Smith told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss on Monday morning. “You remember the 7-3 record. You remember the five-game losing streak and then you remember how we finished. You think about the core we have in place that’s solid, that should be ready to make a run in 2012. You think about the 1-0 record going into 2012. We eventually will finish the job.”

LISTEN: Lovie Smith on with Josh Liss

The Bears season could be characterized as two completely different entitites — one with Jay Cutler, and one without. Cutler was lost for the season after the Bears defeated the Chargers in late November, extending their season-long winning streak to five games.

After Cutler’s injury, Caleb Hanie took over and lost four-straight. Hanie was later pulled for mid-season acquisition Josh McCown, who finished with a 1-1 record, as he started his first NFL games since 2007.

More Coverage:
Photos: Bears 17, Vikings 13
Lovie: We Will Finish The Job
Biggs: Bears Need To Bolster The O Line

“Josh did a good job the two games he played for us,” Smith said. “Not just the two games, really, but from the time he got here, I feel like he helped our football team. He did some good things. He’d like to have some plays back, like all players would, but again, I was impressed with what he was able to do. We’ll see how it goes in the future.”

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher went down with an apparently knee injury in Sunday’s season finale, but Smith said the Pro Bowler will be OK.

“Last night, he was walking around OK,” Smith said. “It’s just an MCL sprain — he should be all right.”

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/02/report-urlacher-to-undergo-mri-on-left-knee/ Report: Urlacher To Undergo MRI On Left Knee « CBS Chicago

    […] the MRI is schedule for noon. Coach Lovie Smith characterized the injury as a sprained MCL, but also told WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss he expects Urlacher to be […]

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/01/bears-hang-on-to-beat-vikings-17-13-finish-8-8/ Bears Hang On To Beat Vikings 17-13, Finish 8-8 « CBS Chicago

    […] Coverage: Photos: Bears 17, Vikings 13 Lovie: We Will Finish The Job Biggs: Bears Need To Bolster The O […]

  • Bill Figel

    Bears badly need someone who can evaluate talent at the college level. and pay close attention to the player’s ability to stay healthy. Whether it is subtraction or addition in personnel, it is their most glaring need. This could have been a big year.

  • Tom

    Lovie says “we can finish the job”. Can we please get him to finish it somewhere else?????????????????

  • anthony

    have no confidence in lovie or jerry to finish anything. jeff fisher would be a great hire but that’s never going to happen

  • Creighton

    What is he talking about? “You remember the five-game losing streak and then you remember how we finished” The 5 game losing streak is how you finished. I remember the last game of the season as well, a game in which the Bears just slipped by a three win team while facing a third string QB. What exactly is good about it? 1-0 IN 2012, what? No this win does not count for the 2012 season you don’t get to bring it along to next year, it’s not a party favor or a gift bag. Plus saying he thinks the offensive line is as good as it has ever been in his time here. What does that mean? The offensive line has always sucked in his time here. But he is happy with it right after it just got destroyed by the vikings. I don’t get this guy, there is something wrong with him.

  • tom sharp

    Please finish the job Lovie. Just open your mouth , think about playing 3 DBs 30 yards off the line vs. Denver,and pull the trigger. it will only hurt for a second!

  • Creighton

    So according to Smith, this means they were 8-9 in 2011 and had a losing record if you want to include all the games on a year to year basis.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live