The Move is Shanahan. The Time is Now.

From Monday's Peter King:

"The Bears (21-26 since Super Bowl Sunday 2007, with no playoff wins)
have been an abominable disappointment this season, and they lost their
eighth game in the past 10 Sunday at Baltimore." King writes. "The Jay
Cutler trade, an abject failure. The offense, pathetic. Does it make
sense to clean house, or just to fire the offensive staff? Something
will be done, and watch Shanahan. He won't make any commitment until he
knows which way the wind is blowing in Chicago -- unless he absolutely
has to. Meaning that he'll keep his options open until given an
ultimatum by a team."

I will continue to repeat that Mike Shanahan is THE choice as the next head coach of the Chicago Bears.  If this organization is truly interested in moving forward, and moving forward big a big time leader, they must not allow Shanny to choose Washington without another offer being on the table.  The offer must be from the Chicago Bears.

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  • Though I agree that the time is definately now (or rather, January 4, 2010...letting Smith go midseason is much more of an insult than he deserves and much too brash for this organization), I do not know WHY Mike Shanahan is the man for the job!

    Why is not Bill Cowher the man for the job? Last I looked the Bears' defense is just as bad as the offense. Shanahan coaching Cutler and a dreadfully similar Broncos defense to a 7-9 and an 8-8 season. Thought he could POSSIBLY get the very best out of Jay Cutler, could he fix the god damn defense?! I think not.

    Bill Cowher on the other hand might be able to do both. He kept the Steelers a playoff team without a star QB throughout most of his tenure there. Can you convince me that Shanahan is better than Cowher?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I agree that Cowher would be a better choice, his Steelers beat Shanahan's Broncos in 2005 on their way to a Superbowl victory. Shanahan hasn't won it since, ohhh Elway.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Staying on topic, Shanahan works for me but, you now MY Bears' mantra: I'll believe it when I see it.

    Straying OFF topic...

    I know I am not alone in the "Brad Childress is an idiot and extending his deal is a decision The Vikings will regret" school of thought.

    It WAS I, however, when espousing this credo early in the season, who was taken to task by a Viking Troll who, vehemently, but weakly, tried to tell us what a GENIUS the oft-maligned-even-in-the-land-of-10,000-lakes Head Coach of the Purple people Cheaters is.

    Well, little norse troll, after Sunday night's hilariously entertaining sideline soap opera between Brad and Narcisuss, I ask: Can you hear me, now?

    Let's review:. The Vikings LEAD 7-6 in the 3rd quarter BUT, good old Brad decides he needs to make a CHANGE at quarterback. He is going pull NARCISUSS, himself, from a game in which he is LEADING. Yes, Narcisuss, THE most self-absorbed, self-aware, self-serving, selfish, opportunistic quarterback in the HISTORY of quarterbacks! Brad Childress is going unceremoniously yank his ass from a game.

    That he's LEADING!

    On NATIONAL TELEVISION!

    On NBC's FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA!

    Uh, Brad, just how did you THINK the 'ol Mississippi Gunslinger would react to THAT bit of news?

    Talk about your brain cramps! I bet that conversation went somthing like this...

    Brad: "Brett, I'm gonna make a change and put T-Jack in next series".

    Narcissus: "What? You're takin'me out? You're takin'ME... OUT!?
    Are you brain dead?! Did you just have stroke?! Who the FUCK do you think you are and who the HELL do you think you're talkin' to?!"

    Brad: "Well,, um...er..I...

    Narcissus: "Listen, Coach Moron. YOU don't tell ME when I come out of a game. I tell YOU. You'll know I'm talking to YOU when you hear me say 'Hey, Idiot, I'm comin' out' and you ain't hearin' that tonight!"

    "If I was willing to cost the Jets a playoff spot by playing with with a DEAD ARM what makes you think you can embarrass me on national TV by benching me in the 3rd quarter of a game that I'm winnin'??? Fergit that, Boy! Now, git me some gatorade then take your playchart, your headset and those six strands of hair on your head and get the hell away from me."

    And, so ends this episode of "As Valhalla Turns".

    I think it's fair to say that Brainiac Brad pushed the panic button last night.

    Of course in Minne-Ha-Ha, it goes something more along the lines of...

    "YUMPIN' YIMINY, Sven. I tink vee might have a liddle problem down dere, eh"

    "Ohh, Gott Damn, Oly! I tink yer RIGHT!
    Lukes like Brat has gun und blown dee Harn of Panic! OOF-DAH!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Very nicely done Al... I especially liked the accent.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Check out any Vikings board. Childress is hated by vike fans, and the smart ones know the Favre thing is a waste of time if they don't win a super bowl. Which they won't. Viking fans may follow a team with a sucky uniform, but they're not all stupid - they know a 40 yr old QB is not the answer to anything other than a single season masturbatory playoff fantasy. We are not alone.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Irish, I admire your passion but, we are NOT in better shape than Minnesota.

    Hell, we aren't even in better shape than the UNIVERSITY of Minnesota.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think they'll start looking like the BiQueens of old next year Albert ... the Fudge Packers are another story of course.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Cowher or Shanny, beggars can't be choosers folks. And we are begging for wins and respect out there, not earning them. My fear is what difference will it make if Angelo is the one picking the talent. And can Shanny get our messed up D in order or will we just be able to outscore people in shoot outs? Balance would be better so I say Cowher would be better but shootout Shanny will work too. Good sign that he hasn't said yes to Washington yet.

    And I don't fear Holmgren as a GM or even President. GB wouldn't let him do it and Seattle had to take it away for 6 of his 10 years there. I think he is a good coach and good with QB's so I am glad to see him not coaching in the NFC.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    And Minnesota fans expect to blow it at the end of the year with their sports so 1 loss to us would send that state into hyper panic mode. It would be fun to watch but a blowout might get Lovie fired. Hmmm tough choice. It doesn't matter how hard I want the Bears to lose before the game, once someone kicks to start the game I can't cheer against them. I'm just not built that way. But I was ok with the loss after it was over last week in hopes that it was one step closer to ending this nightmare. Disappointed but hoping there is a silver lining coming.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Who will be dumb enough to hire Lovie this off season after he is terminated? Will it be Houston, Cleveland, Oakland, Buffalo, Washington, Dallas? I hope Oakland. Then we can dish them BU, Tommie, Nate Vashar, for 5 1st rounders and a golf cart. In addition, we can sign Adam Archuleta out of retirement, and trade him to Al Davis for a 2nd rounder.

    I believe that if Lovie is dismissed and finds a new job, Virginia will not have to eat his salary.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    The way the contracts are structured, Virginia would pay Lovie his $11 million. When he signs with a new team $11 million is of the Bears money. That is why Shanahan is the man, he is still owed $7 million from Denver.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I'm not sure I prefer either one at this point. All I know is that some changes need to be made. Honestly, I think the organization understands a change needs to be made. The analisys I've heard makes it seem like they are more worried about firing Lovie now and bringing in a new head coach...only to be stuck paying both of them come 2011 during what could be a locked out season.

    Back to the point at hand though. If they do somehow decide to roll the dice financially (please!) and fire Lovie now...here are some basic questions I have about both Shanny and Cowher. How much control would either coach want in regard to personel decisions? Are we looking at a coach/gm type of deal? What kind of coordinators and systems have they used in the past? How would our current crop of players fit into new schemes? Etc. Jeff, this would be a great post...compare and contrast the coaches with some more meat to the article.

    Truthfully, most of us usually just say 'I want head coach X' without puting much behind our opinion. For instance, I've said Shanny if only because he can work with Cutler. But, I'm not sure that is enough for me to be totally gung ho for the guy at this point.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    My only fear is that Cutler is more the problem than the coaches or ownership. Judging him soley on this year, he sucks balls. Big fat hairy jumbo sized taint n nuts.

    Sure his arm is fantastic, but his head is empty and he can't read a defense. He's gotten progressivly worse since he signed that stupid ass contract extension. He's been counting his money and banging cocktail waitress's two at a time. Not that I can blame him for that, sounds like a good time to me, but come on man. He's the quarterback of the fucking Chicago Bears. He's been a joke in the national media since whining his way out of Denver. He follows that up by coming here and firing interception after interception and being a douchebag to the media every chance he gets.

    So, I maintain that the pressure is on him to stop sucking so badly next year. Shanny / Chin or no Shanny / Chin, next season starts and stops with Cutler and that stupid fucking look on his face.

    I want him to do well, I really do, but at this point I can't expect that he will be anything but the swolen sack of balls and taint that he has been this year.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    bravo mustache! Totally agree about cutler. Dude better fucking sack the fuck up next year.

    ...and working in that many mentiones of the taint and balls was a feat well worth praise.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Is it drinking ? Is Cutler an alcoholic ? The guy always looks like he's burned the candle at both ends. I mean look at Jeremy fucking Shockey. He looks 60. Is it clear that reading defenses (Orton's strong point) is not Cutler's strength ? Throwing picks doesn't necessarily mean you've not read the defense correctly. Peter King is an a-hole for saying that the trade was a bust. It's too early to say. One thing is for sure, I will expect good things from Jay until I see him with a decent OL and a #1 receiver around him - not a second year Johnny Knox - I mean a 6'4 #1 receiver. Throwing him under a bus with the jokers around him now is not extending him his period of grace. Pep Hamilton clearly isn't the answer.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Cutler needs to grow a dirtbag mustache. Just as big middle finger to everyone comparing him to George. It would be funny.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    If you want Shanny, you'd better talk Elway and Terrell Davis out of retirement. Otherwise, don't waste your money. The man has ONE playoff win in the last 10 years of coaching and people on this board think he's some kind of god.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I might prefer Cowher as things stand now. But if we get Shanahan I would respectfully ask them to bring back Rivera to the defensive side. So options should be 1. Cowher 2. Shanahan/Rivera.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    players usually get worse when they get no direction from coaches. he went from the broncos offensive coaching staff to... the bears offensive coaching staff. that's more an indictment than anything else.

    that said, i agree that he's not as bad as he's played and needs to do more right, or less wrong.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    forgot to mention he went from pro bowler to one of the worst in the league too.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Viva..send LOVIE that FU!@#!$ER to Buffalo they were stupid enough to hire DICKJAG

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I agree with you Jeff that Shanny seems to be the first choice. But, I can't ignore how excited I'd be if Cowher got the job. My only concern is money. Not sure if the organization would be willing to pay Cowher or even Shanny the money they'd want along with buying out Lovie's contract as well. Makes me shutter to think Lovie will be back next year for sure...However I'd rather have that then getting some cheap replacement in his stay.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Jeff. Could Shanny take Angelo's place and "Da Chin be HC. How would this look?

    Donkey friends of mine have always said that Shanny wanted more power in the choice of personal, that was the breaking point for him and the donkey's. Have him take GM and then coach up JC

    food for thought

    I know many are all over JC but I really beleive that when you have a FU!@#$!ED up orginazation the players play that way. They do not beleive in LDL, RT and the rest of the minions that are at Halas Hall. As for the attitude that JC has well I could tell you this much from me, there would be a ton of carnage underneath that infamous bus, becuase right now all these fuckers could not hold up their own jock straps they way they play. They donot beleive in this system and why should they, look at the results.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Cowher v shanny (offense pure genius?? With one of the best ever)
    Recovery time = Rookies in the nfl
    D talent
    Fire lovie now (angelo, after the season)

    Ok, so I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Elway was about to get run out of town as a bum until Shanahan came to town and put a team around him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Double word.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    The Cowher versus Shanahan argument is a dick tease. I'm praying for one of these guys, I just don't think it will happen. If I was in upper management, I would have been whispering in these guys ears when word came out they were interested. Like the Redskins have been doing with Shanahan the last two weeks. I'm afraid the Bears haven't been putting out the strongest feelers out there.

    Maybe it's because they are too arrogant and think that Chicago would be every coaches number one choice. Maybe Jerry sees himself in a package deal with Lovie and is just trying to ride the ship. Maybe they foolishly want to wait until the end of the year to take action or don't want to disrespect the current coaching staff while they still have their jobs and are working. Might be too late by then. Maybe Phillips & Co. believe that Jerry can lock down one of these guys.

    Angelo's comments regarding "evaluating everything" at the end of the year seemed more negative than positive to me for getting a new coach. It sounded like JA will give Lovie a slap on his limp dick and send him out there for one last try. Like Angelo wanted to let the fans know that Lovie will be scorned in his office but that's all. Hopefully, I'm reading these quotes wrong.

    It feels like a wait until the season and then see situation. I just hope one of these guys isn't locked down by then. Like Verbal said to end one of my favorite movies, "And like that....He's gone." I hope we're not saying that about these organizational changing coaches soon.

    I just hope that one of the active McCaskey grandkids or someone else higher than Angelo has some sort or pulse on whats going on and

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    and nothing. Don't mean to discourage the argument. You guys give me some shred of hope something could happen.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Crown...shit thats all we got now. I feel like we are the misfit toys from "Santa Claus is coming to Town"

    How fu!@$!@ng pathetic is this organization but yet all on this blog hope for a miracle because we all bleed Navy Blue and Burnt Orange.

    Damn It I am afraid the coal in the stocking this year is we "STAY THE COURSE"

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    hey my bad.. I think it was "The year without a Santa Claus" shit had a Senior Moment

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Yeah, Angelo's interview was a joke. He said absolutely nothing. The comment about evaluating himself was hilarious. A+ Jerry ? Or will you fire yourself ?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I am sure everyone on this blog can remember a couple years ago when our boy Brett was playing in an NFC championship game on a cold windy night in Green Bay.

    The thing i remember most about that game was the look on ole Bretts face,all game long he looked as though he would rather be anywhere else on the planet,than on that frozen football field.

    That is what happens when age catches up with you.He simply cant deal with the shit weather anymore,his body wont allow it.

    Put him in a dome this time of year he will be fine. As bad as we suck,i think on a cold night on the lakefront we got a chance.

    And finally,nobody is going to snap Lovie off the scrap heap,nobody.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    that's what they said about grossman. anyway, a new head coach will help, but this team is not going to be good next year. they've slid too far and have a good distance uphill before they can really compete again. shanahan, sure. cowher, sure. gruden, no. someone else, sure. the only thing we can say at the moment is that lovie can't do the job, and angelo demolished the OL. ron turner's inability is a given. either way, the offense is in much better shape than the defense [OL is the only large hole], so going with someone who can tune that up to high gear makes sense for the short term. the defense just doesn't have the right players, from the line to the safeties. Briggs and Tillman aside, they lack talent.

  • In reply to Sausage:

    Jeff. State your case and tell me why Shannahan is the answer.

    If the bears are really serious about saving this team I will tell you why Shannahan must not be the next head coach of the Chicago Bears.

    The only coach that's out there that can turn this team around is shottenheimer. If the Bears really want to salvage thier org they will spend the next year pursuing him.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    The hell we can't be choosers! If the Bears actual show they have a pair of onions and get rid of Lovie Smith, we need to know they chose the better man.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Pretty sure that they are both the better man

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Island of Misfit toys was in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    B4E Thanks!!

    SHIT!! I can't get any f#!@$!#@ing movie right! again senior moment sorry all!

    Shit my kids have been making me watch all of them since dec 1st and they are all just jumbled in my f!#@@#ing head damn!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Still can't beat It's A Wonderful Life for the kids, or Scrooged ...

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I think I'd rather see a coach without a ring who shows some promise. Not Jeff Fischer probably, but somebody like that. Of course, with an experienced staff to help break him in, I'd say maybe Leslie Frazier could be good, or maybe with enough begging Rivera would come back.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Leslie Frazier could be good as a DC - but HC ? No rookies on my Bears please. Jeff Fisher lets people know he feels, turned a 0-6 disaster into a playoff run (although you could argue that he turned a 13-3 team into an 0-6 team too)

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    We're watching you Bears-4-ever, you and your randomn Christmas-related movie trivia .... we're watching ....

  • I guess we'll be going over this stuff until well into the off season, they won't humiliate Lovie by firing him mid-season, if they fire him at all. They probably won't.

    If they did ...

    The fact that Denver threw out 33 of Shanahan's players before they felt like they had something they could work with says it all. The guy doesn't scream Bears at you. Get Cowher to sort out the defense 3-4 style (get the Browns' DC in here - he's got Bear hair), and bring in a hungry young OC with ideas.

    Bring in the chin !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The Ryans are not noted for their fondess of the Bears...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Nope. Can't convince anybody Shanahan is better than anybody. Just like him better than Cowher. Don't care which it is, to be honest.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    By the way, Irish. The Browns' DC is Buddy Ryan's son, Rob.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Y'know what ? We're in better shape than Minnesota going forward. We'll probably beat them on Monday night too. If the Carolina Panthers with Matt fucking Moore and no DeAngelo Williams can beat them by a bunch then we can beat them by a field goal. That's a racing certainty. Bears are gonna be fired up that night.

    But going forward, we look better than them. They beat a lot of bad teams this year and until now were lucky with injuries. They lose EJ Henderson and their defense goes to shit. All of a sudden their O-line is gone to shit and Favre looks human again. Forty year old human. Jared Allen disappears if you double team him. What the hell happened to AP ? The BiQueens future is Tavaris Jackson. Scary ? Good luck with that Mr. Harvin /Berrian /Rice.
    If we pick up Chester Taylor in FA I'd piss myself.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We are not in better shape than Minnesota.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Why not ? Their O-line has given up. Their secondary blows. Their QB is 40. No depth whatsoever at linebacker. The only thing they have going for them is a DL, good receivers and I'm not so sure AP is AP anymore,we'll see about him. Going forward we have positives, without a QB in this league you're nothing.

  • And Michael Fucking Bush ....

  • Word Bam, word.

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