Toub: Lovie 'needs to stay here'

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Toub: Lovie 'needs to stay here'

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub has been with coach Lovie Smith since the start of the Smith era in 2004. If Smith is dismissed after this season, Toub and the assistants also could stand to lose jobs.

So obviously count Toub among those who would like to see Smith get at least a 10th season as Bears coach.

But the reasons for Toub supporting the man who hired him appear to be more than simple loyalty.

We are very lucky -- the Chicago Bears are very lucky -- to have Lovie Smith, and we better realize that, Toub said in comments clearly directed to more than the questioner. Everybody better realize that.

Detractors have criticized a lack of outer fire from Smith. Toub says that is missing the real picture.

Hes always going to be the same, Toub said. I think thats a great character trait to have as a head coach. He doesnt waver. If it is bothering him, hes not letting the players see it; hes not letting the coaches see it. Hes been steady.

He lets coaches coach. He lets me do my job. He has total trust in everything that I do. And as a coach, you cant ask for a better situation. Hes somebody that is going to let you call obviously, I dont call everything without going through him but he lets me design our schemes and doesnt second-guess what we do. You cant get a better situation as a coach

Lovie is a great coach, and he needs to stay here.

Bears have run hurry-up offense, Brian Hoyer style

Bears have run hurry-up offense, Brian Hoyer style

Brian Hoyer spent Wednesday’s practice as the presumptive No. 1 quarterback, sources said, and with Jay Cutler limited due to his thumb injury, the Bears began prep for the Detroit Lions next Sunday in Soldier Field with Hoyer getting more used to the offense that he has only sparingly run since training camp.

Some of Hoyer’s teammates spent Wednesday’s practice getting a little more used to him.

A veteran of 27 NFL starts, Hoyer doesn’t do things the way Cutler does them. He doesn’t throw as hard. He doesn’t throw as far. And he runs a sort-of hurry-up offense compared to Cutler.

“Hoyer has a real good sense of urgency to him,” said left tackle Charles Leno Jr. “He’s more fast paced. He likes to quicken up things, whether it’s the cadence, the flow – he just has a real natural sense of urgency about himself.”

This involves more than just a feeling. The Bears ARE faster under Hoyer, based on one very unofficial measure, because game situations differ even though the Bears ultimately lost all three games.

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Based on snaps and time played, the Bears have run 2.2 plays per minute with Cutler. They have run 2.6 per minute, approaching 20 percent more, under “urgent” Hoyer.

The play rate, however, is not entirely on the quarterback. Like all teams, the Bears build tempos into their system, and defenses also dictate some of how the Bears elect to work.

Still, “Jay is more laid back, more relaxed, even-keeled,” Leno said, smiling. “But that’s just Hoyer, more sense of urgency."

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