With the apparent resurgence of the Monsters of the Midway, Lovie Smith has the Chicago Bears' Tampa 2 looking like a championship caliber defense.
With the promotion of Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator this season, the Bears' defense has looked very good. Currently, the Bears' D is ranked number one in the NFL in points allowed; Just like they were in 2005 for much of the season. With the addition of defensive end Julius Peppers, the d-line has been very solid over the course of the year. Israel Idonije is having his best season as a Bear, and leads the team with 6 sacks through 10 games. Henry Melton, and Matt Toeiana appear to be a great inside duo at the tackle positions. But, the real key to Chicago's defensive resurgence is having a healthy Brian Urlacher, who is off to his best start since the Super Bowl campaign of 2006.
Coming off a road shut out against Miami, some have started to wonder if Lovie Smith could be in for another big pay day. Not many coaches have brought a team back to the playoffs after missing them for three years straight. Smith now has the Bears at 7-3, their best start since 2006. Typically, in the NFL, teams don't like going into the last year of a head coach's contract, so its not unrealistic to think that an extension could be right around the corner.
Its no secret that the McCaskeys love Lovie Smith. If they didn't like him coaching their team he would have been fired after the 2009 season, after missing the playoffs for three consecutive years. I'm sure, as you're reading this, some of you are probably furiously hitting your computer screen and yelling at me, (in a Chicago accent) "THIS GUY DOESNT KNOW WHAT HES TALKING ABOUT! LOVIE SMITH NEEDS TO BE FIRED!" But calm down, I am not in favor of Lovie Smith getting an extension... just yet. If, in fact, Lovie does bring the Bears back to the post-season, he's not going anywhere. And it's likely - if that happens - he will be here for a while.
With each win the Bears stack up, more and more ink gets put on his extension papers. His defense is one of - if not the Best - defenses in the league. Lovie has made some bone headed decisions in his tenure with the Bears, but he has a winning record, he's won two division titles and has his team on what could be a legitimate run at a championship.
Don't be surprised to see Lovie Smith in Chicago for quite some time if this season continues to go the Bears' way. Smith, very well could win NFL Coach of The Year when its all said and done...
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