LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Lovie Smith reiterated his support for Chad Hutchinson Monday, one day after the quarterback completed 20 of 35 passes for 114 yards and 1 TD in a 19-13 loss to the Detroit Lions. "Every time I've been asked this question, I say the same thing," Smith said. "I like Chad Hutchinson an awful lot. I think he's a good football player. I think he's a competitor. He knows how to compete from start to finish." After directing an offense that produced just 109 yards and eight first downs on nine possessions into the fourth quarter Sunday, Hutchinson capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive with a 15-yard TD pass to fullback Jason McKie that drew the Bears to within 19-13 with 7:04 left in the game. On Chicago's next possession, Hutchinson threw an apparent 43-yard TD pass to Bernard Berrian that was disallowed by officials, who first ruled that the receiver was out of bounds, then claimed after a replay review that he had failed to control the ball while hitting the ground. "It wouldn't be perfect with any quarterback playing," Smith said. "There are going to be some passes that you would like to have back. But I like him leading our team and I think that was a step for him. It was 16-0 and he led us back. I know we got a defensive touchdown, but the offense started moving at the end and put us in position to win with him leading us."