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Bear hunting

The song and dance part of the NFL combine began in earnest this morning. Lovie Smith, who coached the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl two years ago and to a 7-9 record in 2007, was the first coach on the podium.

He didn't have many answers, but he did acknowledge the Bears have to reshape their offensive line and are very much uncertain at quarterback, where Rex Grossman is the incumbent, so to speak.

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The Bears have released tackle Fred Miller and guard Ruben Brown since the end of the season, and that makes the offensive line a priority in the draft and/or free agency. What happens at quarterback, though, is more compelling.

Smith said the Bears would like Grossman to come back, but stopped short of an endorsement for the unrestricted free agent. "We're trying to improve every position right now," Smith said.

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That doesn't sound like a Grossman return.


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