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Lovie Smith backs Jay Cutler on Bears' crowd-noise issue

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Bears coach Lovie Smith backed up Jay Cutler's plea for Bears fans to ''tone it down'' when the Bears have the ball in the red zone so the offense can communicate better with the opportunity to score a touchdown.

''First off ... I thought [the fans] were outstanding on third downs and firsts, all the downs,'' Smith said Monday at Halas Hall. ''The general rule is when our defense is out there -- that's the beauty of having the home crowd. When our defense is on the field and their offense is trying to get the different communications that they have to go through.

''When we have the ball offensively, yes, we would like our crowd to be as quiet as possible. Of course we would love you to cheer at the end of the play, but in between when we're trying to communicate, yes, we definitely need them to be quiet then.''

Though it was portrayed as an admonishment by some Bears observers, Cutler in fact light-heartedly encouraged fans to refrain from turning up the volume when the Bears have a chance to score.

''Please, please, please let's tone it down a little bit when we're down in the 20,'' Cutler said at his post-game press conference at Soldier Field after the Bears beat the Indianapolis Colts 41-21. ''You're more than welcome to yell and scream and do whatever you want to do after we score. But please, let's go ahead and quiet the stadium down and save it for after we score. Thank you.''

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Hahahaha you tell tehm Jay! Man I think I keep saying this year after year but its harder to find a dumber group then Bears fans. Cheer at home on defense = yes yes. Cheer at home on offense = no no. Is that so hard to figure out idots? Wow. Anyway how about the replacemtn refs man do they suck. They totally won the game yesterdy for the Niners. The Pack deserved to win that won hans down..

Whatever I'm hungry and my dogs arw whining because there hungry to. Thing I'll go out and get some pingas to eat for all of us.

Only in Chicago are the fans are so fat drunk and stupid they help the visiting team. My kind of town.

Not sure that it's wise to let the Packers fans know that Jay is sensitive about crowd noise in the red zone.

Cutler, The time has come for you and your COACH to be replaced!!

Jesus Christ they suck, but thats ok in Chicago. The whole franchise should be disbanded by the NFL. They epitomise the justification of mediocrity.

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