What's the latest on the quarterback situation on the eve of training camp?
"Going into the last week of the preseason games," Smith said when asked about when he'd like to make a decision between Grossman and Orton, "you would like to have things in place by then. The third preseason game of the year, that's normally the game where you play the guys you plan on going to war with most of the time. So you want to have, for the most part, your team in place. At least an idea of who you think will be at the top of the starting rotation by the end. It's been that way for us all throughout, and it will be that way this year."
How is the depth chart at running back going to shake out now?
"You can just take this for the entire time I'm here," said Smith when asked about why the team felt the need to add Jones despite high praise for Forte. "We'll always try to improve our ballclub, at any position. If a player becomes available, we'll look at him. And that's what happened with Kevin. I liked it then. I like the running back position more right now. And as far as our plans for Kevin, we'll just see where he is once we get him on the field and go from there."
Is there reason to worry since their first-round pick remains unsigned?
"I assume Chris will be here," Smith said when asked how disappointed he would be if Williams misses the beginning of camp, "and you cross those roads if you have to. I don't think we'll have to. I assume he'll be here ready to go."
Can this defense move on from last year and get back to Super Bowl caliber?
"That was a good defense," said Smith when asked if his defense this year can play as well as his Super Bowl defense of 2006. "Statistics sometimes can say what you want them to say. We were really good, especially early in the year. We didn't play as well as we needed to at the end. But again, same players, more experience – we think we can play that type of defense. That's our goal: to be that kind of defense."
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