Lovie Smith Presser Highlights from the NFL Combine

Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

All these are from various Twitter accounts... Enjoy...

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Lovie Smith sounds like he wants the interior lineman back: "Amobi (Okoye) had a heck of a year." He is a free agent.

Lovie talks up FA's Idonije, Steltz, Bell, Okoye and Forte.

Lovie says while DB coach Jon Hoke was denied permission to interview w/ he did interview for DC job w/

Lovie: "I can't necessaarily say surprised (Jerry Angelo was fired). Jerry will be fine. He's a lifetime friend."

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coach Lovie Smith said will "hopefully" be ready for the start of the offseason program.

Lovie Smith on not having a passing game coordinator: "In the end, we didn't need one." He said everyone will have input.

coach Lovie Smith said Jay Cutler's right thumb is fine.

Lovie Smith says Bears will try to build through the draft, but you can't get everything in the draft.

Lovie Smith says some of aspects of the offense will stay the same. He expects transition to Tice will be a smooth one.

Lovie Smith says he didn't feel like he needed a passing game coordinator. All coaches will have input in passing game.

Lovie Smith says he went with Mike Tice because their philosophies meshed.

Lovie Smith says 8-8 wasn't good enough

LM: coach Lovie Smith says "there should be a smooth transition" with many of same coaches on offense, including Mike Tice.

LM: coach Lovie Smith excited to begin offseason program April 16.

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