In meetings between two defense-based head coaches, Lovie Smith has taken a 2-0 lead on his former defensive coordinator. And a certain irony ran through a some critical moments Sunday.
At some point a championship team usually needs its quarterback to win a game. Not not-lose one. Win one.
The Bears got one of those from Jay Cutler on Sunday.
The end game will overshadow the middle game but the Bears (6-1) didnt so much defeat the Carolina Panthers (1-6) as escape them.
A mantra of the Bears is their focus on cleaning some things up, whether assignments, procedures, techniques or whatever.