I know this statement will irk some Bears fans but resigning Lovie Smith is the right move to make. I don't think the McCaskey's should resign Smith now but they should in the offseason.
Signing Smith to an extension will mean that if he stays, Mike Martz stays. The Bears mortgaged their immediate future on trading for Jay Cutler and signing him to a long term deal.
If the Bears fire Smith, a new coaching staff will be in place and
Cutler will work under his fifth offensive coordinator in so many years.
Working under a new offensive coordinator could set Cutler back and
stunt his progression.
Look at all the elite quarterbacks -- Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Phillip
Rivers, Aaron Rodgers. Not only do they put up huge numbers, they've
been working in the same offensive system, the same head coach or
offensive coordinator, for years. There's no reason why Cutler, can't
be in this elite group.
Just think about the possibilities of Cutler working under with Martz
for years to come. Cutler is the most talented quarterback Martz has
ever worked with and Martz has orchestrated the most prolific offenses
in the history of the game.
The Bears offense hasn't exactly been lighting it up but they do have a young nucleus that is trying to work in a new system. The offensive line will continue to progress as will the receivers. The
running game, although not dominant, is still versatile enough to give
the Bears offensive flexibility.
I know Smith isn't the most popular guy in town. He doesn't have a
Chicago accent nor does he have a tough guy stache like Da Coach or
Coach Q. He's not charismatic like Ozzie and doesn't necessarily have a
philosophy that he lives by like Phil Jackson. What he does have is the
support of the management, his coaches and more importantly, his
Lovie Smith (current) highlights:
* 59-47 overall record
- 1 Super Bowl Appearance
- 1 NFC Conference title
- 3 NFC North title
* Defense in top 5, 3 times
* Defense in top 10 in takeaways, 4 times
* Including this season