Besides its obvious playoff implications, the Bears-Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday becomes a spot referendum on the first year of general manager Phil Emery.
Lovie Smith has a trademark style of responding to questions that he either thinks are stupid or just hard to believe.
The Bears' organized team activities pretty much have wound down. The next opportunity to get better will be the June 12-14 minicamp.
The strongest thread through the four outside candidates on the Bears now list -- Phil Emery from Kansas City, Jason Licht from New England, Jimmy Raye from San Diego and the Giants Marc Ross -- is