Bears head coach Lovie Smith acknowledged Friday that jobs are on the line with the team's regular season finale Sunday in Detroit.
"It's the nature of the game as I see it," Smith said without revealing whether that's bothering him. "For us it's about getting into the playoffs, you get into the playoffs a new season starts for us."
Despite missing the playoffs in four of the last five seasons, Smith and his Bears are choosing to look at their glass half full, and at teams like last year's New York Giants as an example that anything can happen.
"We realize what the sixth seed has done in the playoffs, it's no more than that for us," he said.
Twice a sixth seed has won the Super Bowl: the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers in 2010.
"We're a good football team and good football teams have to find a way to get in the playoffs and advance," he said.
Smith's message to his team was that simple ... and no more than that.