Yesterday, it seems Broncos coach Josh McDaniels may have pulled a Lovie Smith. The Broncos and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan have “mutually agreed to part ways”. Which seems to be more like “McDaniels wants to hire a buddy from New England,” just as Smith wanted to replace a successful Ron Rivera in 2007 with one of “his guys.”
So of course this would lead logical Bears fans to speculate…hmmm. Nolan was one of the most successful defensive coordinators in the NFL in 2009. He turned the problem area of the Broncos into the team’s strength, and was mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate.
But come on, forget about it if you think for a second that Smith would hire a successful coordinator with potential-remember this is not what he wants. He does not want someone with a proven track record of success, able to challenge him and his ideas that might make the Bears stronger. He’s going to want a yes man that will cede any authority to Lovie, and do what Lovie and Bob Babich want; what they’ve been doing for the last three unsuccessful seasons.
So nice thought, but unfortunately this sort of thing isn’t going to happen. Which is why the Bears haven’t found anyone willing to take their coordinator jobs yet.