Are you ready to purchase some false hope Bears fans? Because I know Ted Phillips and Jerry Angelo will want to sell you some at 2 p.m. today.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the decision has been made to bring Lovie Smith back as Bears coach and “everything will be covered” by the organization in the press conference.
I’m sure “everything” includes statements like “we’re sure our fans can see that we have the right talent and coaching in place to win in 2010, based on our stirring victories over Minnesota and Detroit the final two weeks of the season. It is crystal clear that our running game, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs are elite in the NFL, and since we’re completely satisfied with the talent and coaching staff, we expect the playoffs in 2010 without making any personnel or coaching changes.”
OK, little heavy on the sarcasm with the second statement, but despite his defense getting steamrolled as usual in the final two victories, Angelo is on record as saying he believes the talent the Bears possess is good enough to win. That, my friends, is scary and shows Angelo is out of touch if he really believes what he’s saying.
It’s no surprise to me that Smith will be back. And to clarify for readers that for some reason don’t understand what I have written, if I had my way I do wish the McCaskey family would get rid of everyone from Phillips to Angelo, the personnel staff, and Smith and the majority of his staff. Then I wish they would hire Bill Cowher and the people he would put in place. I know the reports out there that prove coaches that win a Super Bowl don’t do well their second time around. But Cowher’s Steeler teams consistently stayed competitive for 15 years despite constantly losing talent. That’s what I would like about him.
BUT, it’s clear this isn’t going to happen. And the other part of my argument has been that if the Bears are not prepared to make a splash to hire the right new coach, then they might as well retain Smith & company of boobs rather than hiring the wrong current NFL coordinator/college coach on the cheap, whom we’d be stuck with for the next 4 years rather than one. That’s my opinion and I stick by it.
Actually it does seem more likely now that the Bears will fire offensive coordinator Ron Turner, and may even force Smith to hire a defensive coordinator rather than call plays himself. But anyone that thought Smith would hire a defensive coordinator that would do anything other than rubber stamp Smith’s failed scheme would be crazy. So what does that change?
Another fun season coming fans. Enjoy the dog and pony show today.