Objective #1: Hire Mike Zimmer

Who the Bears hire as the offensive coordinator really doesn't matter to me.  If the line blocks and the quarterback doesn't throw it to the other team, they'll score points.

But the Bears must bring in a big personality on the defensive side of the ball.  Someone like Ron Rivera.  Someone not afraid to challenge Lovie Smith on a day-to-day basis.  The right guy for the job is Bengals' defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, a man most believe will be a free agent at the end of the season.

He's also an Illinois guy - an all-conference athlete at Lockport Township High School and a graduate of Illinois State.

It makes a ton of sense.  Usually that's reason enough for the folks at Halas Hall to ignore it.  

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  • what a/b rob ryan if he becomes available? u think a 3-4 would work w/ this roster?

  • Not with Lovie and Rod. They're strict 4-3 guys.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff,,Do you think we are smart enough to get him. I found it also interesting he worked a 3-4 also.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    As this continues to sink in, it

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Ouch, BillW. I hear you.

    Not that many of us have been around LONGH ENOUGH to have experienced how BAD that comparison is.

    There's me, you, Ghost...anybody else?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I was around for the Dooley/Gibron years. Team sucked, but it was fun to watch Abe jiggle around on the sidelines, and we had Walter...

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    Ooops, double checking... Gibron's reign ended in '74, and Walter came on board in '75.

    Sheesh I am old.

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    Where's THIS objective at anywhere around Halas Hall? Restoring the team's identity?

    The Bears as an organization, from the owner down to the toilet cleaners, need to restore the team's identity. Anyone remember the "Monsters of the Midway"? Who are the Bears now? No one seems to know. Identity is key first before next season thinking even gets started because then you know what kind of team you want to build and what building blocks you need in place to get there. Return to hard-nosed, smash-mouth, in-your-face football. Run, Run, Run, and throw only when needed. Teach the defense to hit opponents so hard their grandkids will feel it. Play with intensity just this side of a penalty flag. That's the Monsters of the Midway I know from history.

    A team with a lost sense of identity is what I see - like leaves blowing in the wind. Coach Ben Franklin is partly to blame. Players particularly get lost in the cash flow and the things that cash flow can provide them. Team loyalty, the basis for playing your guts out for an organization, is few and far between among active players today.

    Have a history lesson for the players of what Chicago Bears football is. Give the examples of Piccolo, Sayers, Butkus, Singletary, Hampton, Payton, Ditka, etc. Then tell them what they all got paid compared to the rest of the league. Why stay with the team then? Loyalty and pride in being a Bear. It needs to be taught and from the deals this team has made, that sometimes the dollar can't or isn't needed to buy greatness. It's a love for the game and love for the team you play the game for. That's where you will find Chicago Bear football.

    This isn't about living in the past - it's about restoring a teams identity Ditka regained and that was lost again when Wannstedt took over. So there's your hint, Lovie. You might not have it in you to be a Ditka. But at least respect the organization enough to push for an OC and DC that know what Chicago Bears football is all about.....and not just in press conferences. It's time we see it on the field.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jeff, agree with Shady, you can't gloss over the offensive coordinator hire like you did there. Let's all remember what we desperately need from that position (no real difference from what we need on the defensive side either) - we need a coach who can 1) make offensive players better and 2) understand which players need to be on the field and which need to be sitting (or cut). Wrong Turner was horrible on both counts. Devising the right scheme and being an adept playcaller during a game are very important too, and Wrong was better at the those things than the development side. But WE NEED A DEVELOPMENT GUY. That is critical. And not just for Jay Cutler - for the receivers, and maybe most important, for the line. Harry Hiestand was an unmitigated disaster for this franchise. Thank God he's gone. But let's hope that Jeremy Bates, if is to be him, excels at development. Identifying talent from WITHIN your roster should be an afterthought, a no-brainer - only in Chicago has it been such an important issue.

    I would have to agree that we aren't going to see a fundamental change of philosophy in defensive scheme. If they did that they might as well create a wax replica of Lovie's head and put it on a broomstick on the sidelines - now that I say that, I realize I would vastly prefer that - Wax Lovie on a Stick - but again we have to just hope we get a guy with defensive chops. Don't even know who to root for here, but we have a very high chance of improvement with just about anybody.

    I hate to always have to be the apologist for Virginia, but you guys need to know that she loves football. She's George Halas's daughter, and she loves football to the core. Can't say I know whether Michael's the same way, but Virginia loves football. Just wish she had made a different decision here. If there's a secret plan to get Cowher next year, ALL IS FORGIVEN.

    And yes, I admit it occurred to be yesterday that I didn't want to spend money on this franchise in 2010 given this horrible decision that ENSURES we will not have a shot at the Super Bowl next year - but that was really only for a moment. I will once again renew my NFL Ticket as I have for the past 14 years. Those years included Wanny and RobotDick. I can endure Lovie on a Stick for one more year, only because I HAVE TO. I'M A BEAR FAN.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I think you are absolutely spot on about needing someone that knows how to DEVELOP PLAYERS. And while I agree that Turner was better at play-calling than player development, that is really not saying much at all.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Count me in. I go back to about 1960 as a Bears fan. That's one of the reasons I don't make sweeping statements about how historically bad we are. 1 win in '69 and then lose the coin toss for Terry Bradshaw. I think we picked Lloyd Phillips or Rufus Mayes next. Not much drop off from Bradshaw to those guys!!??!! Last season was really disappointing but being 1 game under .500 is nothing compared to those years. Oh well.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I first remember being a Bears fan because of all the excitement about two new rookies. Sayers and Butkus; how could I not become a fan?

    Gibron was as bad as it's been.

  • bollocks. here's to hiring mike zimmer & him becoming the eventual head coach of da bears (well deserved imo)

  • Why not bring in Monte Kiffin? I wonder if he could be coaxed into leaving the U of Tenn...

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    seriously doubt it.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    This entire situation is a complete disgrace and frankly there is no hope for the next several years despite Jay Cutler. He will be wasted, and these clowns will continue to allow this team to coast.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    why would he leave a good Bengals defense to coach the Bears? Doesn't look like any Head Coaching jobs will be open except Buffalo and Oakland so he'll probably stay put. I'd love to have him, but it makes no sense for him to leave DC for one team, in the playoffs, to be a DC for a lame-duck head coach who likes yes men.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I disagree Jeff. I think there is alot more room for the OC to be creative and change the complexion of this team than the DC. Lovie said he sticking with the same scheme, so why does it matter whether the DC has a strong personality or not?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Zimmer isn't "leaving". He's not getting paid.

    Lovie is sticking with the same scheme but that group needs a personality shift. Much more important to me than scheme right now.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    hear here!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Last post of the day. It consists of two questions for Jeff:

    1. Do you read our comments? Just curious

    2. Can you call Chinow and tell them their blog technology sucks like Lovie Smith? Man this thing is terrible. You can't put all those ads and widgets and shit on the page, it sucks to reload.

    Anyway. Night guys. Brutal day.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    it's official:

    shanny signed a 5-yr contract making him head coach & exec. VP of f-ball operations for the NOT your Washington Redskins.

    call dan snyder what you want, but that's a shrewd businessman. i expect a complete turnaround of that franchise. how come we can't have an owner that won't tolerate mediocrity? fuck.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Because we have an old woman, who only really wanted to be board secretary, thrust into the job - and runs it scared. She surrounds her ownership position with her family, and they group think and only want to keep the cash cow alive.

    They don't really understand the NFL that well, and they probably - with the exception of Brian McCaskey perhaps - don't even LIKE football. They would rather play polo or head over to Europe and watch soccer.

    It's like that episode of the Addams Family, where Uncle Fester wasn't really Uncle Fester and only wanted the Addams family fortune.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's so fucking depressing and true, Gpl. I'd give my cock to own the Bears. Just to walk into a room with all the staff and coaches and say "Toub, Marinelli ... you can stay ..." and then chew $100 million of contracts ... just to make a point.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Yea well Lovie didnt make the firing squad but Hey I will take the firing of all the offense and the fact that they will bring in a Defensive Coordinator.... This is a right move and a good step.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    To quote Bill Simmons "The Sports Guy" from ESPN: Congrats, Redskins fans. Any time you can give too much power & money to a 58-yr old coach/GM who was .500 from 2006-2008, you gotta do it.

    F Shanny and give me Cowher.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Dear BEARS,
    With this CLUSTERF!#!#$!@CK we have now become the the lowest pieces of SHIT in the NFL!!

    I am so sick that we didn't have the balls to man up.

    I'm out for now..

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Really? Take a pill. Maybe a Xanax or something. Drink down a 40 ouncer with that.

    Then - Google pictures of Al Davis. Then, google some more pictures of William Clay Ford.

    The lowest shit in the NFL is pretty damn low. It's saying saying your wife is a crack whore just because she did the pool boy...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    At least Al Davis cares about football and wants to win

  • In reply to gpldan:

    O.K. gpldan.. your right we aren't as low as the Raiders but... Damn we are close don't you think?

    And really? The Pool Boy? hahahaha

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Please post pics of lobotobear's wife doing a poolboy. Thanks!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Um, if Mike Zimmer already has a defensive coordinator's job with another NFL team, the Bears are prohibited from trying to lure him away unless they are giving him a promotion. Well, assistant head coach is already taken by Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith is staying....so MIKE ZIMMER IS NOT AN OPTION.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    1.5.10 The day that hope died.
    This organization is fatally flawed. Did you catch the line for Ted Phillips about who ownership is? "Virginia and Michael." Does anymore really need to be said? Micheal McCaskey is still running things.

  • In reply to alott96:

    That was never in question Al. Ted Philips, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith as your top three guys. Who else could piss on themselves like that ?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    can we please just never refer to the 2006 season and whatever successes it brought again? That was 3 full seasons ago and it has been a downward spiral since then. Nothing is the same. I'm sick of this coaching staff clinging to that Super Bowl LOSS.

    While we're at it, can we PLEASE stop hanging on to our 1985 Super Bowl? It was great, but it was 25 years ago. We need to move on like every other franchise.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    Nope. Not giving up SB XX or that season. Not giving up talking about it, referring to it, comparing with. Football fucking perfection, my friend. A combo of RB and QB I wouldn't swap for anyone, the hounds of hell on defense. Beautiful. Thanks for reminding me we were the most awesome team ever.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    IS..... AMEN!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You guys hear about the OC? it appears we're looking at Jeremy Bates.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You guys hear about the OC? it appears we're looking at Jeremy Bates.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    BTiff.. Sometimes it's all we got brother.. not 2006.. but 1985.. now they did take to the house.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Except that perfection thing. Seems you forgot they lost to Miami.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    No chance on Zimmerman. My sources say he's a lock to head to Washington to get paid BIG as DC there. Shanny's no dummy. And he wants Zim. Redskins will get better as Bears delay the inevitable...firing the LoveHammer. Martz or Charlie W. No more EX RAMS Loveballs....that's played out. Poorly..

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    What the hell! I thought Lovie was going to be running defense this year, fire that ass hole! I bet you jerry angelo has small acorn balls, he needs to go too! Clean fucking house, cheap ass mc caskies!!!!!

  • In reply to RaminSaTx:

    RamSa...He has no balls. They are with MM.TP.and LL on Ginni's Armoire. with strings attached to them and she pulls one back lets it go and they bounce back and forth with pleasure!

  • In reply to RaminSaTx:

    pizzatime.. I think this is the coach that pumped up JC.

    Does anyone have a background on him? Is he a Shanny guy?

  • In reply to RaminSaTx:

    SHIT! He started in TB .. I think I need to take a shower!!!

  • In reply to RaminSaTx:

    Tampa Bay
    Bates began his coaching career with Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive quality control coach from 2002-03; the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. In 2004 he was promoted to assistant quarterbacks coach for the Buccaneers, working closely with Head Coach Jon Gruden and Quarterbacks Coach John Shoop.

    [edit] New York Jets
    He was the New York Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2005; due to a series of injuries the team fielded five different quarterbacks that season, notably Brooks Bollinger.

    [edit] Denver Broncos
    He joined the Denver Broncos in 2006; in his first season he served as an offensive assistant, helping Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison coach the offensive line. In 2007 he served as wide receivers/quarterbacks coach, and in 2008 as quarterbacks coach, both seasons working closely with quarterback Jay Cutler. In 2008, Cutler was a Pro Bowl selection and the Broncos had the NFL's second-most productive offense.

    At the end of the 2008 NFL regular season, longtime head coach Mike Shanahan was fired and replaced by Josh McDaniels; due to the uncertainty, Bates began looking for a new position.[1]

    Not sure about this.. Smells of McFu!$#!ey's cheap way out!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    word...last year for lovie...and make room for cowher.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    IMO the OC hire is more important. You know the defense is going to look the same schematically no matter who they hire as DC, so the improvement will have to come from the players on the field. On offense, the Bears need to find a way to get the most out of their most talented player and biggest investment. If Angelo and the Bears miss on this hire it'll set the franchise back for years to come. No pressure or anything Angelo.

  • In reply to Shady:

    That's it Shady. Tommie needs to bang, someone else needs to step up, we need a safety. Then Cover 2 will do. But finding a guy who will move Cutler around and play to his strengths is key.

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