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Bears Need a King

George S. Halas was the king of the Chicago Bears.  Not the head coach or general manager.  Not the Director of College Scouting.  Not the Player Personnel Consultant.  He was the king.  And he ruled with a fist that would make iron blush.  The Bears don't need to replace their offensive coordinator or adjust controls inside the war room.  They need to anoint a leader.  They need a king.  The king's name is Mike Holmgren.

There are viable general manager candidates out there that could stabilize the front office.  Ernie Accorsi risked his reputation on Eli Manning and won the Giants a Super Bowl.  Charley Casserly risked his reputation and took Mario Williams over Reggie Bush - a move that made him the laughing stock of the NFL.  Has everyone sent their letters of apology to this now-genius bit of evaluation?

There are also viable coaching candidates.  I favor Shanny's ability to implement the stretch running game and utilize the ability of quarterback Jay Cutler over Bill Cowher's grit but really couldn't complain if either was brought in to lead the team. 

But Mike Holmgren is a different story.  The big man studied coaching under the great Bill Walsh in San Francisco and management under the brilliant Ron Wolf in Green Bay.  He elevated the Seattle Seahawks to consistent success for a decade.  (There are even rumors of Holmgren returning to run the 'Hawks.)  Holmgren would receive total control of football operations and thus total accountability for the ballclub's success or failure.    

Hiring Mike as the man upstairs could also lead to a second coup: a high-profile, Holmgren disciple as coach.  Might it be enough to convince Jon Gruden to spare the nation another year of that inane blabber he spews on Monday nights?  Gruden would be, in a lot of ways, a remarkable hire.  A combination of Shanny's offensive ingenuity and Cowher's fire.

Do I think this will happen?  No.  But this is how the Bears should be thinking.  Big.  Don't tweak.  Overhaul.  Don't tinker.  Rebuild.  And do it with the football people who earn respect merely by walking through the door.  How would you feel about Holmgren/Gruden in 2010?  I'd feel pretty damn confident.

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  • doubt it. but i like your line of thinking sir.

  • Second !

  • Holmgren ? Consistent success over a decade at Seattle translates into no superbowl rings and choking in the playoffs. Who looks after the defense ? Defense is our bread and butter. Holmgren's all about conservative offense and no shotgun. He might do the offensive stuff reasonably well, but where's the beef ? Still, better than Lovie.

    Gruden ? Sorry, can't put my finger on Gruden. Not sure what it is about him. Something about empty vessels and noise.

    Have to like Cowher if for no other reason than he doesn't want the GM job (it's not up for grabs) and Angelo likes that. And by the way, the HC job isn't up for grabs either. Turner will be the fall guy for the Lake Forest mafiosi. Those guys aren't going anywhere so this talk is all moot. We get another token effort of patchwork repairs via free agency and a new play caller and that's it. This is the Bears, and they won't buy out Lovie's contract never mind Angelo's.

    To Bear Down is to grin and bear it.....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree-if you want a GM go after the brilliant Charlie Casserly

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    definitely no to gruden. i don't see how a player could respect that guy. holmgren is interesting, maybe. any chance we can wrestle parcells from miami?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We need to stop thinking Cutler is so great and the savior to the Bears and here's why. GOOD QB's make their WR's better. GOOD QB's make smart passes. GOOD QB's dont force throws. GOOD QB's don't throw at WR's feet or overthrow the WR's time after time. GOOD QB's dont throw 20+ INTs in a season. Look, I couldnt stand the neckbeard but at least he made smart throws. I'm sorry, but until Cutler can be consistant, his new name to me is JAY CASSELL.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    unless you think that a Franchise QB should have a 74.4 QB Rating.

  • so fellow Bears faithful....what do you think about this: http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2009/12/espns-nfl-insider-shoots-down-cowher-report-on-wmvp-am.html

    from nerdy ass John Clayton of the 4 letter network about the Bears reaching out to "The Chin"

    "And that is 100 percent inaccurate -- no reaching out to Bill Cowher and no reaching out to Bill Cowher representatives, friends or anything of that nature,'' Clayton said. "And Bill has made it known that he doesn't want to affect any current coach, whether it is an interim coach or a head coach, who is under a contract until the end of the season because he wants to be true to all the coaches that are currently coaching. There is no contact or illusion of a contact.''

  • I guess I'm the only guy in the room who likes Angelo. I want him to stay. For every bad decision he has made, there have been several good ones. (Before you start bashing, how many kudos should JA get for bringing in Robbie Gould?)

    I do not like Lovie. He is a piker, and is out-thought every Sunday, unless, of course, they play on Monday.

    My guess is that if the Bears were to go with a big name guy they would have brought him in now in order to allow him to start evaluations. There is the Rooney Rule in play as well, so maybe that is not a viable option. Needless to say, if they eat Lovie's contract, I think it is more likely for them to look into a younger less expensive coach. I believe that will lead them to Jim Harbaugh. And to be honest with you, the most frustrating thing about Lovie and his coordinators is the fact that they never seem to get the most out of their talent. Jim Harbaugh's tenure @ Stanford is the exact opposite. He gets the most out of his guys and they believe in him.

    I will be as happy with Harbaugh as I would be with Da Chin, because one day in the not to distant future Jim Harbaugh WILL be a guy who gets it done in the NFL.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    "Before you start bashing, how many kudos should JA get for bringing in Robbie Gould?"

    None. No kudos to Angelo. We have a good kicker. Whoopyty farkin doo. Gould is somebody we can build a franchise around ? Indeed. Next. Anyone with a rudimentary understanding of football, Pat Bowlen's phone number and Kyle Orton could have made the Cutler deal.

    So let the bashing begin. You have Mr. Angelo back to front - for every good decision he has made there are MANY bad decisions. The pages of the world wide web increase daily with their outlines and I have not the desire to regurgitate. Check out his draft picks, observe, return and argue the toss.

    http://forum.chicagotribune.com/vmix_hosted_apps/forums/958/Bears/13032/Jerry_Angelos_draft_picks_to_date_.html

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    JA's hits; Gould, Cutler (maybe), Tillman, Briggs, Alex and Ruben Brown, Tommie (sort of), Des Clark, Devin and Knox. That's about it. That's not mcuh for 8-9 years on the job.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    What about: John Tait, Brendan Ayabenjedo, Thomas Jones, Mushin Muhammed, Devin Hester, Fred Miller?

    Or others the coaching staff never properly developed: Cedric Benson, Justin Gage, Bobby Wade, Mark Bradley, Mike Gandy, Chris Harris, Kyle, Rex

    And the jury is still out on: Greg Olsen, Johnny Knox, Chris Williams, Josh Beekman, Matt Forte, Gaines Adams.

    Every great GM has missed in the draft more then once. You never know, never know, how a 22 year old kid who has worked his ass off to become a premier athlete will respond when he gets cut a fat check.

    We have more issues with development then we do with lack of talent. When in doubt, remember the Wanny era. Please. It was miserable.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Jeff, I live in Tampa and Jon Gruden is widely considered to be a huge piece of shit down here. Yes he helped bring them a Super Bowl that Dungy couldn't (with the same team), but Gruden lies to his players, sticks to his bad gameplans even when they're clearly not working because he's bullheaded (sound familiar?) and he seems to be widely despised by his former players.

    It seems Gruden is loved for the first 2 years of his tenure, then people start to get to know him, then people end up hating him and wishing they never knew him. Just saying, be careful what you wish for...NO GRUDEN ON MY BEARS!!!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Let's get real-the Bears aren't going to get any of these guys. The'll keep Lovie and his big contract and make Turner the scapegoat.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    You guys are all smoking CrAcK!!
    Our bears are like the good ship Titanic..During the offseason we had our course plotted and planned. Something came up unexpected (a franchise QB) and we had to scrap our plans and plot a new course.. like every big ship we cannot turn very fast so..we scraped against a iceburg and are taking on water. The question is can we keep from sinking? 2 1st round picks and a 2nd are as good as gone.. can we stop the flooding! can we put together an offensive line that is water tight? I give these guys one more year.. given the circumstances.. We need a damn running game. No running game next year. no lovie..

  • In reply to jhottes:

    I mean stop trying to find the diamond in the rough o-lineman.. get a damn bluechip guard .. hell get 2.. build the team from the inside out.. the defense sucks.. you can have the same defense for half the price.. spend the money on the o-line..

  • In reply to jhottes:

    Jeff, I usually agree with you but this is a terrible idea. As I mentioned on one of the other posts this week, hiring Holmgren as GM is a TERRIBLE idea. As a transplanted Bears fan living in Seattle, I was all too aware of Holmgren's tenure here. He had to have his ability to make personnel decisions removed just to stay on as coach, because he was an awful GM. Even as an HC he didn't do much, though I concede he's still a major upgrade over Lovie. I really like the Jim Harbaugh idea - his brother ain't doing too bad over there in B-more. I like the thinking along those lines - if we throw millions and millions at a superego coach, the McCaskeys will be hesitant to fork over the necessary additional $$$ to fill the many holes on the O-line, D-line and secondary.

    The last post about us potentially losing to the Rams was right on target, but this one is off. This team needs an overhaul, not a panacea in the form of a big-name head coach (like Gruden or Holmgren) who has mostly failed.

  • In reply to jhottes:

    holmgren couldn't do both was the problem. i'm not asking him too. i'm asking him to oversee player personnel over. as for gruden, he has never failed.

  • In reply to jhottes:

    Apart from Cowher, the rest just stink a bit. Cowher doesn't want to play GM so he's the only guy in town. Besides wanting GM type powers, there's a definite odor off each one of the others, even if not immediately obvious. But like Mike V says, there aren't any vacancies for Angelo til 2014 or whatever. Lovie is another two years on easy street. No way they'll buy both of them out, if they'll even buy Lovie out ... this is our lot as Bear fans and we know it ...

  • It's very interesting but I think these sports writers really hated being scooped by Hub Arkush here, nothing more. Hub's not one to make up a story and I don't believe he made this one up.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    i was thinking the same exact thing. the 4-letter network is on their bullshit as the "premier sports news site" and is not on their job. funny if this shit happens....let's see what clayton says then

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    how about holmgrem GM, cower head coach and shannahan OC. then we would just have to lure the samurai away from san fransisco to be our DC. hey a kid can dream, right?

  • I'm with you Irish.

    I wouldn't think twice about replacing Jerry A with my left testicle (don't know why I favor the left, it

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry but I hate it. Just won't work in my opinion nor is is realistic. Never have been a fan of Gruden. Cowher on the other hand would be a perfect fit. He won a super bowl doing it the way the bears are supposed to. Plus he handed the Keys to Mike Tomlin who calmly produced another ring within a couple of years.

    I don't think Cowher would work for the McCaskeys though and if he did it would be for alot more money than the McCaskeys would ever be willing to part with. Bottom line, we are screwed for at least two more years.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    People call Holmgren a choker but don't seem to mind that Cowher repeatedly lost championship games in his own house.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Yes but at least he consistantly got to the championship game.
    Alot more impressive than what ive seen the bears accomplish.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Listen, I'll be honest. I'll take Les Frazier. I'll take Charlie Weis and Romeo running the defense.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    weis is a bum

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    romeo is a nice guy. the bears dont perform well for those kinds of coaches

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    don't care. i'd take the job.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    sorry but you will have to wait until 2013 to apply. lol. out.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think we're all pissing into the wind. I think Turner gets the keys to the street and Martz replaces him. If we get rid of Lovie they have to get rid of Angelo too. They have both failed. Really doubt the McCheapsky's bite the bullet on those two contracts this year. Oh well.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    touche brother

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