Pressure builds on Bears during another late swoon

Smith could lose job if he misses playoffs

Published On: Dec 18 2012 07:30:06 AM CST
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -

Lovie Smith isn't going to get caught up in any outside discussions about his job security with the Bears scuffling along and in danger of missing the playoffs after a 7-1 start.

Chicago's coach said his only focus is on trying to get a wild-card spot by beating Arizona this weekend and then winning the regular-season finale at Detroit.

After losing 21-13 to the rival Packers on Sunday, the Bears have to win two road games to finish 10-6 and have a chance for the last NFC playoff berth. There are scenarios where they could get in at 9-7, but they involve numerous tiebreakers.

There has been plenty of speculation that Smith and his staff could lose their jobs if the Bears don't make the postseason.