So yes, to correct an earlier rumor, Rod Marinelli will not become the new defensive coordinator for the Bears. In a lengthy press conference at Soldier Field today, Bears CEO Ted Phillips, GM Jerry Angelo, and Head Coach Lovie Smith spoke to the media, announcing that virtually the entire offensive staff has been fired, and that the Bears will seek to hire an defensive coordinator from outside the organization as well.
- Angelo stating that this was all a process of “evolvement.” My spellcheck says evolvement isn’t a word, but apparently it is in Jerry-speak.
- Smith insisting repeatedly that all of these discussions are due to the Bears having “one bad year.” Seems Smith has forgotten that his defense has fallen apart since 2007, when he decided he didn’t want to retain Ron Rivera. This is not a one-year problem.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Smith was hired because he was known as a defensive guru, correct? And because his defenses in his defensive system were great. So now that it’s been stated that Smith will be choosing new coordinators on both sides of the ball, what do we need Smith for?
I don’t disagree that Turner should have been fired at this point, but think about this. To you, which side of the ball was more responsible for this disappointing 2009 season? The offense, or the defense that was shredded many times taking the Bears out of multiple games by halftime? Firing Ron Turner will fix Lovie’s defense that has been falling apart since 2007?
Hope you enjoyed the show. I see much more smoke than fire.