It’s good to see the national media picking up on this (but watch out “real” media elitists, this guy is a member of the “not so brave world of blogging)…
Mike Florio of www.profootballtalk.com writes both on his site and in a piece he links to on the Sporting News that Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith should both be candidates for dismissal if their Bears don’t turn things around in 2009.
I’m glad to see him write this. I think a lot of us get caught up in “Angelo and Smith did take the Bears to a Super Bowl in 2006…” but a good point made that may be overlooked for some is the fact the Bears have made the postseason exactly twice in Angelo’s eight-year tenure. And I agree, they need to make some real progress or it may be time for regime change.
Problem is, the McCaskeys have never been quick to change regimes. Angelo and Smith will both have 2 GUARANTEED years left on their contracts after the 2009 season. Unfortunately, in my opinion, Angelo could blow another draft and Smith could coach 2 back-to-back 0-16 teams, and we’ll still see them back for the final year of Smith’s deal in 2011. And unfortunately anyone who thinks the Bears will pay Angelo through the end of his contract in 2013 without employing him no matter what the results is misguided.
It’s the McCaskey way.