Does the “C” on the side of the Bears’ helmets stand for confusion? It would seem so.
This is the point of the year where my posts will start slowing down. I have so many thoughts about how confused the Bears seem to be from top to bottom at this point in time, but I’m finding it hard to put those thoughts into writing coherently.
What is obvious is, at Tuesday’s press conference:
- CEO Ted Phillips said that the Bears will no longer tolerate the losing that has gone on for the last three years, and that the changes announced that day are major changes.
- GM Jerry Angelo says that he’s displeased with how the players have played, no one has done their jobs well, but with the exception of the fired offensive assistants, no one else would be leaving. And that he likes his roster. Huh?
- Everyone’s favorite stoic, nice guy, yet arrogant Head Coach Lovie Smith contradicts everything that had been said up to that point by stating that nothing would change with his defensive system.
So per Phillips, everything is changing. Down to Lovie, who says nothing will change.
There are many names being thrown around for the open offensive and defensive coordinator positions. It seems certain that Perry Fewell will have the defensive coordinator position if he wants it. It’s been reported that the New York Giants will also be pursuing him, and I would imagine Fewell might be better served actually running a defense rather than being a puppet in Chicago taking advice from Smith, Marinelli and Babich who will actually be running the thing.
Many seem sure that Mike Martz will be given the offense. A few years ago I would have been in heaven to hear that. But now we know that as was proven in Detroit and San Francisco, without a solid if not spectacular offensive line, Martz’ offense does not work. Who here thinks the Bears had a solid offensive line in 2009?
I still can’t figure out why the offensive coaches took the fall when it is Lovie Smith’s very own personal defense is the reason the Bears lost most of the games they lost from 2007-2009. Most certainly the reason they lost all the blowouts they did.
Look, from a business standpoint I understand the Bears organization really could have done no more than this. But to masquerade that these are major changes when they’re not, it’s a little insulting.