Any of these guys do anything for you?
I didn’t like Dick Jauron as a coach. But at the end of the 2003 season, as much as Jauron was doing nothing for the Bears, at the time I thought “why fire a guy unless you KNOW you have targeted a better replacement.” I didn’t want the Bears to keep Jauron, but as much as I felt that way, I thought it was stupid to fire him for the sake of firing him unless the due diligence was done to identify an upgrade.
What did the Bears do at the time? They fired Jauron then flopped around like a fish out of water trying to find anyone to take the job. As we all know, Jerry Angelo pursued Nick Saban first. Saban said thanks but no thanks when Angelo wouldn’t share personnel control. Then the Bears’ GM embarked on a cross-country tour to talk to college coaches Jeff Tedford and Kirk Ferentz, who both turned down the offers to interview. In my opinion the final candidates in Lovie Smith and Russ Grimm were underwhelming.
Has Lovie Smith as head coach been a complete failure? No. But we would have thought the Bears organization would have learned from that experience to plan for big moves and be ready to decisively act when big decisions are to be made.
Two weeks after firing Angelo, the Bears asked for permission to interview Eric DeCosta and found he wasn’t interested in the job. Two other GM’s have been hired by other teams-including the consensus best candidate available in Reggie McKenzie. And sorry to say so, but it again looks like the organization is now flailing to slap together the only list it can, rather than acting like they know what they’re doing. Because from this fan’s perspective, it doesn’t look like they know what they’re doing.
I hate to say it, but I’m beginning to think the best solution to yet another Bears mess is to elevate Tim Ruskell, hoping that if the organization blows the next two years, the next move will be for the family to blow everything up. But we already see that probably won’t happen.