Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy stood on opposite sidelines four years ago, vying to become the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl championship. Dungy and his Colts walked away with the prize that rainy February night in Miami, beating Smith’s Bears 29-17, but there aren’t hard feelings on either end. In fact, Dungy will stroll into Chicago’s Halas Hall on Monday as Smith’s invited guest.
“We’re just going to talk football for a day,” Smith, who served as the Buccaneers’ linebackers coach under Dungy from 1996 to 2000, recently told the Chicago Tribune. “There aren’t a whole lot of us still in our system who believe in it the way we do. We’re pumped up about him coming.”
The NFL lockout, which is in its third month, is keeping players from meeting with their coaches, so Smith is spending the time with his staff for what he calls “football enrichment.” That includes daily clinics in which the offensive coaches teach the defensive coaches what they do, and vice versa.