Anytime a person leaves one organization for another in the same industry, there always seems to be some added motivation against the previous employer. That is exactly the situation Lovie Smith and Josh McCown find themselves in on Sunday in Chicago.
“This is how I really feel about it," Lovie Smith said of his return to Chicago. "We’ve got an NFC opponent, a chance to get a win. I used to coach there a while back, like I did at Big Sandy High School, Arizona State, Kentucky, Ohio State, Tennessee and St. Louis [Rams] and have a lot friends there, but we need to get a win.”
No one ever expected Lovie Smith to make a bigger deal about this game than it actually is. Lovie acknowledged his relationships and memories in chicago, but left it as that.
"My memories of my time in Chicago are all great memories," Lovie Smith said. "I have lifetime friends from Chicago that will always be a part of our family. You talk about the opportunity I was given by the McCaskey family. It was all good memories. I don’t have many bad memories on any place I’ve ever been. We spent a lot of time there. Still have homes there. My wife is from Chicago and there’s nothing but fond memories from that time there. It’s a part of my past. But a part of my past that I will always cherish.”
“I have relationships each Sunday with someone" Lovie said of relationships he might have in the Bears organization. "This past week, I knew about three of those guys personally. Week before that, it was kind of the same thing. Again, I have friends everywhere. Definitely have some friends there. But again, it’s about a football game and us trying to get a win.”
Perhaps even more than Lovie Smith, Josh McCown returns to Chicago after an extremely successful campaign in 2013. McCown's 13 touchdowns to just one interception had some Bears fans wanting him to remain their starting quarterback over Jay Cutler.
“I enjoyed my time there and just the whole organization in general: the McCaskey’s to everybody, the equipment guys, the trainers and the guys in the locker room," Josh McCown said of his return to Chicago. "I really, really appreciate those people. The fans and how much they love their team in that city, it’s a cool city and I’m very thankful for my time spent there.”
It seems as though each game each week in the NFL has storylines. One of the big storylines in the NFL this week is the return of Lovie Smith to Chicago, but it is my belief that McCown's return and opportunity to prove the Bears wrong that could be a tremendous advantage to the Bucs come Sunday.
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