Lovie Smith hot-seat meter: Chilly

Posted Dec. 13, 2010 @ 1:23 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Bears were handed their most lopsided loss of the season Sunday at Soldier Field against the Patriots, who were coming off a short week following their big win over the Jets on Monday night. It was an embarrassment for a team that considers itself to be among the league's elite, but, as Smith was quick to point out, the Bears are still in first place in the NFC North.

The Packers lost to the Lions, so Chicago still has a one-game lead in the division with three tough games to play, including the season finale in Green Bay.

Smith won't ignore what happened on Sunday, but he'll try to balance using it as a teaching tool while also making sure his players are looking ahead to the Vikings and not backward.

"No, we don't throw it out," Smith said. "We're going to come in tomorrow, we're going to watch the video and then we're going to put it behind us as soon as we possibly can and then move on.

"You learn from every situation you're in. We'll learn a lot from this situation."

The Bears are not in the Patriots' class, but he's not going to get fired after the season for that. A collapse from this point forward, however, will put him on far less firm footing.