Comments on: Bears: is it the Money or the Coaching? Chicago Bears History Blog by Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:25:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Roy Taylor Fri, 21 Nov 2008 11:22:12 +0000 Thanks for your comments Brian, understood that all the defensive players that got paid this last year don’t have guaranteed contracts. I know that at least Hester and Harris’ contracts were written with pretty good out situations for the Bears, with a lot of incentives. I don’t have the time to crunch the numbers either, but there would be significant cap hits in the next 2-3 seasons if these guys continue to not perform. That was my concern.

By: brian close Fri, 21 Nov 2008 02:08:16 +0000 Speaking as a lawywer:

Player’s Contracts:

High priced as these players may be, most of their money is not guaranteed. For example, the Bears could cut Tommie Harris after this year without being any more out of pocket.

Now what that does for the salary cap I haven’t figured out, but with the opting out of the collective bargaining agreement soon there will be no cap.

Angelo’s & Lovie’s:

This money is not “guaranteed” either, at least not in toto. If either are terminated, any money the Bear’s owe them will be offset by their subsequent employment. For example, if Lovie were fired today and took the Vols job, the Bears would only owe him the difference between the Vols contract and the terminated contract for the balance of the period of the terminated contract.

Now I suspect Lovie would not be on the market for long — St Louis Rams come to mind.

Angelo is another matter.

But of course, things would really have to tank (like losing the rest of their games) for the McCaskeys to make either move.

Babich might be sacrificed, like Shea before him. I’m not sure that is fair. It would have been interesting to see whether Babich could have made it to Defensive Coordinator on another team based on his resume circa January, 2007. Maybe. But now his future career is tainted by his relationship with Lovie. He’ll always be known as Lovie’s hand picked guy who failed rather than someone who climbed up the ranks on his own.

By: Doug Greger Tue, 18 Nov 2008 19:43:55 +0000 I say it’s mostly coaching and we can’t forget the GM. As we all know The GM is supposed to bring in championship caliber players and that isn’t happening and The coach is supposed to know how to get players ready for the game and to know how to manage the clock. This was all made painfully aware to me on Sunday. The last three Bears coaches were all signed to new contracts even though they didn’t deserve them. If I remember correctly Wanny was given a new contract after the ’95 season a season the Bears missed the playoffs, Jauron was given a new contract after ’01 when the Bears finished 13-3, and of course Lovie got a new contract after ’06. What I’m trying to get at here is unless a coach helps the team win a Super Bowl he should not get a new contract. Just being good enough isn’t.

By: jdm Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:40:18 +0000 While I agree Rivera was a better DC, let’s not over rate him here. Look at the stats from the second half of 2006 compared to the first half. When Mike Brown went down, their run defense took a hit. When Tommie Harris went down, the defense was very average. I attended the Tampa game where the defense blew a 24-3 lead and let Tim Ratty torch them. Of course, everyone was too focused on Grossman’s stuggles to see this. And let’s not forget who was the DC during the Carolina playoff game and Super Bowl.

On another note, Rivera has taken over the 32nd ranked pass defense and has gotten torched the two games.

The problem is both with coaching and the players. The players are a bunch of overpaid, overrated big mouths, and the scheme isn’t good. But please, no Rivera lovefest please.