Simple as this. We can talk about those that want Kyle Orton back instead of Jay Cutler. We can talk about the poor play of the offensive line and the bad personnel decisions made there. Matt Forte’s demise, talentless wide receivers. But simple as this-as long as Lovie Smith is the head coach of the Chicago Bears, unless he can figure out how to get the “Lovie 2″ to work without virtually all of its required components, this team will not win.
We’ll be calling it the “Lovie 2″ from now on since the Bears are virtually the only team left in the NFL running it as their base package. It can no longer be the Tampa 2, as Tampa abandoned it.
The Lovie 2 requires the following components not only to be effective but simply to function. The key is a disruptive defensive tackle at the three-technique position commanding double teams and penetrating into the backfield. In addition to that key component, the pass rush overall must be effective. The will and mike linebackers are key. The will (weak) is frequently around the ball while the mike (middle) is key to covering the middle of the field in pass coverage, be the zone short or deep. Lastly, the corners must jam receivers on the line, knocking them off their routes to give the defensive line a split second more to disrupt the quarterback’s timing.
The will linebacker is still there-Lance Briggs-and he’s having yet another career season. Other than Briggs, everything else is missing. Everything. Nick Roach is not a fraction of Brian Urlacher. The pass rush is totally ineffective, no sacks in two games and rarely applying pressure. Enemy receivers are being left untouched by defensive backs, shredding the Bears zones.
And Tommie Harris is having his usual issues. Shortly we’ll find that he’s officially washed up.
We know Smith won’t abandon his principles and philosophy. So, someone tell me how we win again until 2012 when the coach will be gone?