Wow. I miss a morning posting due to leaving for work at 4 a.m. or whatever, and the great comments keep coming. Thanks everyone.
Tuesday night I heard a couple of things on the Score I felt like commenting on but didn’t have the chance until now. First, it seems to be Terry Boers’ opinion that under the current regime Jay Cutler may never see a playoff game during his tenure as a Bear through 2013. Not saying I agree with it, but an interesting prediction. The only thing I can say is that until the Bears offensive line starts blocking and the defense plays defense against good teams, he may be right.
After the B&B show, Laurence Holmes spent time talking about the Bears and stated that Lovie Smith has to fear for his job, with 5 ex-coaches with Super Bowl rings sitting out there unemployed. For the record, he’s talking about Jon Gruden, Mike Shanahan, Brian Billick, Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher (and what about Tony Dungy while we’re at it?). OK, point taken. But once again let’s not forget that Lovie Smith is signed through 2011 at $5 million per and isn’t going anywhere. And anyone that thinks any of the six aforementioned coaches is going to come in with Jerry Angelo running the show and drafting as he’s drafted for the most part is nuts. Any of those guys are going to at least want to share in personnel decisions, power which Angelo refused to share with Nick Saban. So there’s no reason even entertaining that talk.
And to Scott-I knew this had to be out there but didn’t find it myself, thanks for posting the link to www.fireronturner.net. This actually looks like an informative, well thought-out site unlike some other sites of this type that have emerged for publicity but had no substance. I liked Ron Turner in his initial stint with the Bears from 1993-1996. A lot. And I was happy to see him come back in 2005. But I’m seriously beginning to question him. It’s true, Turner didn’t put together this pathetic offensive line, but some blame has to rest with him for these offensive problems. Right-it looks like Jay Cutler is not utilizing his hot reads when he’s under pressure-and perhaps the receivers aren’t on the same page with the QB in these situations as my old friend Hub Arkush points out.
But in the end, whose responsibility is it if the quarterback and receivers aren’t on the same page? Isn’t that the offensive coordinator and ultimately the head coach?
And I loved Rick Morrissey’s column today about “Lovie Speak”. I’ve written before about Lovie’s penchant to say his team will “go from there” about 5 times per press conference. FINALLY Morrissey translates this Lovie Speak as meaning “Not only have I not answered you honestly, but now I’m dismissing your question and moving on to the next question that I’ll avoid.” Loved it.