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February 3, 2007

Bear's Notebook

Miami — Midway Monsters don’t need motivation

Monsters of the Midway don’t need motivational speeches.

At least that’s how Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith sees it.

Smith said during his final Super Bowl XLI press conference on Friday that motivational speeches and/or motivational speakers were not the Bears’ style.

“I’ll cut you off right there,” said Smith to the reporter who asked the question. “We’re winners, we go through the same routine. I don’t really bring in a lot of outside people. We have coaches, we have players, and that’s the way we do things. So we won’t be doing that.”

Smith admitted that he’s been thinking of his own motivation speech for Sunday’s game. Kickoff is 6:25 p.m.

“I waited a long time for this day, of course. Normally almost a year in advance, you start going over speeches that you would give for situations like this, know what I’m going to say and can’t wait to say it,” Smith said. “But I’m not telling you what I’m going to say, that’s for sure, that’s for the team. But we do have something in mind.”

There was no Bears player availability on Friday or until Super Bowl Sunday as both teams are winding down in preparation for the game.



Bears stay with normal practice routine

The Bears practiced for 75 minutes on Friday, the final significant practice before Sunday’s game.

The Bears had a 15-minute walkthrough before practice. The Bears worked on punting, punt coverage, red zone offense and defense, and goal line offense and defense. None of the Bears’ practices during the week were in full pads as Friday was the hottest day of their stay, with temperatures at 85 degrees.

“Everything you’ve seen this week was exactly what we do every [week],” Smith said.

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