Had a long drive this morning and I admit that my thinking I’ll speak to here was motivated by the WSCR morning crew of Dan Hampton, Matt Bowen and Connor McKnight. But the more I listened-the more I tend to agree. Agree with the thinking that Phil Emery has already made a decision on Lovie Smith’s future with the Bears. And all likelihood is that he’s coming back in 2013.
Let me back up a bit. A few weeks ago, I predicted that the Bears would be in this exact spot. Needing a win at Detroit to get in and possibly some help. At that time, my prediction was that the Bears will blow it. As they did in 2008, when Chicago needed something like three different things to happen in their favor along with a win at Houston. All three things fell their way, and they blew it. (I don’t have to remind everyone who their head coach was at that time).
Look, I hope the Bears win, Green Bay beats Minnesota, and the Bears go to San Francisco and pull off a major upset. But I’m just not so sure that the Bears will take care of business when the chips are down. I know there are some fans that would say no Bear fan should ever think their team isn’t going to win. But that’s not me-I can’t help it-sometimes I just get that feelin’.
If nothing else other than I want to have a good time today before starting my New Year’s resolutions, I certainly hope the Bears win so I have a reason to want to watch the Green Bay-Minnesota game and pull for the Packers for one of the first times I can remember in a long time.
Getting back to Lovie, now I honestly believe he’s coming back no matter what. Why? Because as Hampton and the gang said, Bears GM Phil Emery hasn’t had time to put his mark on the team. And keeping Lovie for one more season buys him one more year of pinning failure on someone else. Makes perfect sense to me, unfortunately. I smell at least two more losses to the Packers coming, unfortunately.
Hey, I’ve been wrong many, many times. But this is the feeling I’m getting at this time. And time will tell.
All I will say as I’ve said again and again and again…if the Bears have decided to fire Lovie if they miss the playoffs, for God’s sake they better have already reached out to their candidate of choice and gauged his interest. And if a move is made make it DECISIVELY for once. The dog and pony shows that went on before the hirings of Smith and Jauron were nauseating, and should that happen again, kiss Bears’ success goodbye for another decade.