In 2003, I did want to see Dick Jauron and his staff fired. However, it was also my opinion that if Jerry Angelo didn’t already know who the right person to replace Jauron was–the person that would be better than Jauron thus the reason for terminating Jauron, then he might as well not do it.
Angelo fired Jauron, then embarked on a trip rivaling the Bears’ 1925 Barnstorming Tour, offering the position to Nick Saban, Jeff Tedford and Kirk Ferentz, all of whom said “no thanks, Jerry.” He then got two candidates to interview, Lovie Smith and Russ Grimm, hiring Smith.
Could we have hoped that Angelo and the staff of a professional football franchise valued at a billion dollars would learn from that folly? Flash forward to 2009. I hoped for some sort of shakeup (actually hoped for both Angelo and Smith to be launched) but short of that, some change. And what we got was the firing of Ron Turner and any assistant associated with him, even though Lovie Smith’s defense is more responsible for the team’s flat record since Super Bowl 41.
Too much to ask that Smith and Angelo would actually have a thought as to whom was out there to replace Turner before firing he and his staff? Yes, as now the count is four potential candidates, none of them spectacular names, that have said “no thanks” to Smith and Angelo. Next up is another unspectacular candidate, Minnesota quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers. Exciting!
As Dan Bernstein of WSCR said last night, currently the most qualified candidate to replace Ron Turner is….Ron Turner. And that’s no joke.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears’ situation has become “fodder for discussion” at the annual gathering of NFL personnel in Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl. The article also quotes an NFL coach as stating he has never heard of a quarterback interviewing candidates as the Bears are allowing Cutler to do.
The years may be flying by fast, but it seems the situation of incompetence in Lake Forest never changes.