I put this picture up to remind everyone that Lovie Smith has a history of backing the wrong man, something that didn’t matter as much when the Bears defense didn’t SUCK ASS. (Thanks to Ron Rivera, a former ’85 Bear and all-around awesome defensive coordinator that Lovie in his superior wisdom summarily dismissed in favor of his old crony from back in their Rams days, dorkapottamus Bob Babich.)
It’s hard to tell who will be/won’t be a great coach in the long haul, because like any successful production, Super Bowl teams are just that — a TEAM, a collaborative effort from the waterboy to the quarterback. (For reference, see 2009 New Orleans Saints.) Even some of the great coaches, paired with bad/apathetic/miserly upper management, can stumble. But why do we keep recycling crap coaches? Why not try someone NEW?! Look at how great Tony Dungy’s replacement is doing, for example. (A Dungy disciple, given.) And that kid in Denver (with Kyle Orton, pride of Purdue, at QB, no less!) is sure exciting to watch.
I know, I’m dreaming here. The Bears owe Lovie $11 million through (ironically enough) 2011, and firing him would be even more expensive than that. We’re druckin stuck with him. And when Cutler throws five interceptions, Forte gets nowhere fast and Hester quite literally falls flat on his face, there’s plenty of blame to spread around. But I go back to horrible play-calling (thanks, Ron Turner!) and that unflappable stoic on the sidelines. Just not feeling the Lovie.
May all your teams win this weekend! See you Monday.