Alright, this shite is just getting stupid. Lovie was defensive minded, not the DC - that was Rod Marinelli, and it has been Rod these past few years that has brought the defense back from the edge of disaster that Lovie Smith and Bob Babich put it in.
For those that can't seem to remove the mental block - during Lovies tenure, his aggregate team defensive ranking was 13th, pretty good. Part of that average was courtesy of Ron Rivera who produced a #2 and a #5 defensive ranking, for which Lovie showed him the door. Then he put Bob Babich on the DC job in 07/08, the defense ranked 27th/21st. The year that Lovie himself ran the defense, 2009, it ranked 17th - nothing in those numbers indicates anything above mediocrity from his "defensive skills". And when found without his stars... the rest of the team, both offensive and defensive... just plain sucked. So give this "defensive" guru fecal matter a rest.
The head coaches job is to have the team prepared, that INCLUDES the offense at game time AND the WHOLE team in the event of injuries - he did neither. As an in game manager/strategist - he was abysmal - more of a spectator from the sidelines than anything else, and outcoached by nearly every above .500 coach on the other sideline.
Consistently producing an offense that ranked at the bottom of the league year in and year out is the direct result of his choices in staff. Darryl Drake is obviously a stellar WR coach - no. Tice never was "magical" with the offensive line, and then he was promoted to OC? You gotta be f'kn kidding me... stupid is as stupid does - say J'marcus Webb & Frank Omigod 10 times. Good grief, some of the day to day decisions of this team the past few years have just been simply dumbfounding - and ultimately, that's all Lovie's responsibility by the way.
"Rex is our quarterback" - that face and phrase will be forever etched in the dumbass lore of the Bears. To have him say even this year, "not a must win game" after the Bears lost during the last season run, in a presser - is probably the stupidest thing I have heard him say - and he has said a LOT of stupid things.
How about calling time out as a play started, seeing that the play was about to go somewhere... rewind and blow it on the next try. How about the worst record of challenges in the NFL... good grief, this guy can't get out of his own doofus way. Those events are not exceptions, they were regular, even predictable events!
Yes, Lovie is a stand up guy - very respectable - he is also GONE, thank the stars. Losing year in and out with an 8-8. 9-7, 7-9 or even a 10-6 record and not making the playoffs is no different than losing every year with a 2-14 record, you just get better excuses for "next year". Collapsing in the latter half of every season is backwards as well. I'd rather see a team "figure it out" early in the year and pull it together later in the year - not with Lovie. Once all the remnants of previous regimes were removed and the team was truly Lovies - he produced 1 playoff season - gifted by virtue of a soft schedule from being a complete bust the year before (7-9).
Bears fans, stop whining and pining and get on with life, there will be a new HC next year... like it or lump it, but no amount of crying over a guy that excelled at little more than mediocrity will make any difference at this point. I'm sure Lovie will get a job somewhere else, where player discipline is terrible and the defense sucks, you can always follow him there, or be a Bears fan.
Nor will I mind if this team goes 3-13. 6-10 and 5-11 over the next three years... as it is going to take some creative rebuilding to refill the tank of a team that is just about out of gas player wise. As long as the next coach calls it like it is - stop insulting the fans intelligence with pressers saying everything is ok, or we will be better and accept some personal responsibility for f'ks sake - then I'm good with whoever takes the helm.
What is done is done - get over it - time to move on.
Bear fans only call us the Fudge Packers because we always push the the bears **** in when we play.
I know this has nothing to do with anything but I was reading the Devin Hester retiring article and the comments had some stupid bears and packers fans, and the bears fan called the packers the fudge pack.
I finally thought of my retort whenever I hear that nickname.
The thing I don't get us that Bears fans embrace Jay Cutler's doucheyness.... Why?
Urlacher and Briggs are also douchebags. I suppose we should cut them.
Although, I don't want to resign Urlacher.
It's the stache.