Lovie’s Chance

Posted: November 21, 2011 by Mauricio Rubio Jr. in Football, NFL
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If I recall the coaching search that followed a listless Dick Jauron season correctly, the Bears were rumored to be going after two romantic names in the coaching bloodstream, Romeo Crennel and Lovie Smith.

I remember having a small feeling of disappointment as I felt the Bill Belicheck coaching tree would produce some good talent.

This is why I’m a football moron sometimes. Especially back then when I believed in the whole run the ball and blitz mentality.

Lovie Smith endeared him to Chicago football fans by stating that beating Green Bay was a season goal. Proving that football love is absolutely fleeting, it seems that most Bears fans are so completely tired of Lovie Smith that they will find any reason to show his incompetence.

Bears fans want Smith gone, and for awhile I was one of them. I was tired of the unemotional coach that is such a stark contrast to Chicago coaching’s patron saint, Ditka.

5 years after a Super Bowl appearance Smith has a chance to prove that he belongs in the pantheon of great football coaches, and he’s going to have to do it with an aging defense and back up quarterback, Caleb Hanie.

The Bears have lost their starting QB, Jay Cutler. He’s an oft maligned player who despite getting up from brutal hits and violent collisions frequently has his toughness questioned. Stupidly.

His broken thumb will keep him sidelined for a significant amount of time. It’s legitimate, please don’t question this.

And that leaves Lovie Smith with a young quarterback with questionable talent throwing to a pack of sub-par receivers. This all sounds so familiar.

While the Bears do sit pretty at 7-3, they are still chasing the Detroit Lions and will likely need at least 3 wins to sneak into the playoffs. It’s more than likely that 4 wins will be needed.

If Lovie Smith finishes this season with 11 wins, there can be little doubt that he belongs in the conversation of great coaches in the modern day. Consider what he has already done without having the benefit of a franchise quarterback. He has navigated his teams to multiple division championships, he’s been to two NFC championship games, and he’s made it to a Super Bowl. All of this is with having Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton as his quarterbacks for the bulk of the time.

Given that the Bears have a somewhat soft schedule heading down the stretch and that inexplicably opposing punters keep testing Devin Hester, it’s not out of the question that the Bears manage to win 3 or even 4 games.

If that happens, you meatballs are in trouble.

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