I caught Zach Zaidman and Dan Hampton talking Bears on the Score this morning. Hampton was highly critical of the current state of affairs, stating that he doesn’t think Lovie Smith will change any of his ways of thinking despite the situation in which he finds himself. Zaidman’s opinion is that Smith and Jerry Angelo know that their backs are against the wall, and they will do anything to win in 2010, even if it means making changes to Smith’s defensive philosophy he has so far refused to abandon.
I may be wrong, but I have the strong opinion that Smith won’t be willing to abandon any of his principles in 2010. My opinion is that Smith doesn’t really think that he has his back against the wall–that he’s going to stick to the defense that he runs, even if he doesn’t have the personnel to run it successfully. I think he feels he’s going to roll the dice and try to prove to everyone that his system can win, and if it doesn’t happen, he’ll be content to take his $6 million severance to not work anywhere in 2011 if that doesn’t work out.
Again, I could be wrong, but that’s my opinion, and we’re going to find out eventually.