Chicago Sun-Times

Marinelli's knowledge not big advantage

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Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was the Lions head coach from 2006-08, and although he is familiar with third-string quarterback Drew Stanton, who is expected to start Sunday, and other Lions' players, it's not necessarily a big advantage, according to Bears' coach Lovie Smith

"It helps with not only that but with all of the personnel," Smith said when asked specifically about Stanton. "At the same time we do a lot of evaluation of the players ourselves and seeing how they're playing now. Rod hasn't been up there for a couple years now so we're kind of going on that.

"When you play a division opponent you pretty much know what both teams are going to do. Then it's about execution and which team wants it the most that day and we hope we want it a lot more than them."

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