DETROIT -- It's been widely speculated that Lovie Smith's future with the Bears may very well come down to what happens on Sunday.
In order to make the playoffs, the Bears need to defeat the Detroit Lions at Ford Field and hope that the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings later at the Metrodome.
Asked about Smith during his weekly pre-game interview on WBBM-AM (780) on Sunday, first-year general manager Phil Emery didn't tip his hand.
Emery did say Smith has "done an outstanding job coaching the Bears" and called him a "great team-first person." But he's made similar comments earlier this season.
Emery compared and likened his evaluation of coaches to his evaluation of players. Smith, who took over the Bears in 2004, has one year remaining on his contract.
"When you're evaluating players, you're always looking for body of work," Emery told WBBM. "No different when you're evaluating coaches."
"It's is the full season, and the whole body of work.
"It's about steady progress toward our goals which is to win championships."
Coming into Sunday, the Bears have lost five of their last seven games after starting off 7-1. The Bears have made the playoffs just once since 2007.