LB Lance Briggs Says Lovie Smith is One of Chicago’s Greats

As the Bears get ready to host the Buccaneers and former coach Lovie Smith, linebacker Lance Briggs heaps high praise on his former coach, Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago reports.

“Lovie should be remembered as one of the great coaches in Chicago,” Briggs said during his Wednesday news conference at Halas Hall. “George Halas. You have Mike Ditka. And Lovie Smith comes next.”

Smith said he isn’t worried how he will be received in Chicago on Sunday. He shouldn’t be. Some fans will boo him, for one reason or another, while many more will cheer. One would hope the Bears recognize him with some kind of welcoming message. And he should be honored here when his coaching career ends.

“Oh, I know how I’m remembered there,” Smith said during a conference call with the Chicago media. “So as I come in Sunday, I’m coming in as an opposing coach. That’s how I’m looking at it. The year I had off, and just being in Chicago for nine years, I don’t need anything validated this week.

“Fans were great to me and my family while we were there. Administration was. I have lifetime friends on the Chicago Bears football team. So I think I have all those things. Right now, I’m an opposing coach on the other side of the football coming in this week.”

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