Bears play the waiting game as Packers-Vikings winds down

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Bears play the waiting game as Packers-Vikings winds down

DETROIT Now all the Bears can do is wait.

They took care of business, more or less, beating the Detroit Lions 26-24 despite repeated failures on offense, a few costly breakdowns on defense and little help on special teams. The win pushed their record to 10-6 and into position for hoping that the Green Bay Packers can dispatch the Minnesota Vikings.

It appeared to have removed some but not all doubt that Lovie Smith will return as coach in 2013. Teams typically do not fire coaches after 10-6 seasons, and usually not ones who are 18 games over .500 as Smith is for his tenure.

GM Phil Emery was complimentary of Smith during an appearance on the WBBM pre-game programming and was seen chatting casually with Smith prior to the game at Ford Field.

Emery said that evaluations are based on a coachs or players whole body of work, not one game. Smith is 18 games over .500 for his career and has had only one of nine seasons with fewer than seven wins.

But the goal of the organization is to win championships, which begins with making the playoffs. Missing the playoffs for five of the six years since the 2006 Super Bowl appearance will work against Smith getting at least the final year of his contract.

A Green Bay win at Minnesota would place the Bears in the No. 6 slot in the NFC playoffs and send them to either San Francisco or Seattle depending upon the outcomes of late games, Arizona at the 49ers and St. Louis visiting the Seahawks.

Players pulled up chairs amphitheater-style in the locker room to watch the early stages of the Green Bay game. They were pleased with their handling of Detroit (4-12) but that was not the full day.

Ill feel happy, center Roberto Garza said in the minutes after the Bears win, in about three hours.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Iowa DL Jaleel Johnson

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Iowa DL Jaleel Johnson

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa

6'3" | 316 lbs.

2016 stats:

56 tackles, 10 TFL, 7.5 sacks

Projection:

Day 2

Scouting Report:

"Active defensive tackle with the motor and athleticism to find production in the NFL. Johnson doesn't have the functional anchor that teams looking for a run-stuffer will be after. However, his effort, foot quickness and hand usage should create opportunities for him as a pass rusher. Johnson has the talent to become an eventual starter as a three-technique in a penetrating defensive front and could fight for rotational reps early on as a rookie."  — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

6'6" | 310 lbs.

Projection:

First round

Scouting Report:

"Extremely confident tackle with the athleticism to stay on the left side and the technique to make an early impact as a starter. Ramczyk has the core strength and body control that should keep him connected to blocks in both the run and pass and he's proven to be scheme versatile with his playing style. Ramczyk is an early starter with the potential to become a good starting left tackle provided his medicals hold up." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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