By Dan Bernstein-

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(CBS) Forget all the noise around Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith’s return to Chicago for a moment and focus on what really matters.

Sunday’s game between two bad NFL teams isn’t some referendum on Smith, nor the now-legendary supernatural powers of Josh McCown — the rag-armed journeyman somehow longingly remembered as both the anti-Jay Cutler and Cutler’s calming confidante, whatever that whole thing is.

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This is a time to remember the words of Bears general manager Phil Emery from two years ago, on why he fired Smith after the Bears went 10-6.

“Our No. 1 goal has to be to win championships,” he said. “And to win championships we have to be in contention on a consistent basis, and to be in contention we have to make the playoffs on a consistent basis.”

If any of that has changed, he needs to tell us. Otherwise we assume that mission statement is still in effect, and we’ll hold him to it.

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Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s “Boers and Bernstein Show” in afternoon drive. Follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein and read more of his columns here.