Why Haven't the Bears Hired Any Coordinators?

I have decided, until further notice, I am no longer going to make checking the websites of the Tribune and the Sun-Times part of my morning ritual.  I don't care about Carlton Fisk's take on the steroids era or how many players on the Bulls have the flu.  I think, and I can't prove this with any mathematical formula, the Chicago Bears are going to be the first professional football team since electricity to enter a season without anyone coordinating the offense or defense.  And that's starting to frighten me.

Why haven't they hired anyone?  Hell, why aren't they interviewing anyone?  Can't they at least parade some retreads through the front door at Halas Hall to appease a fan base that was promised immense change?  There has to be reasons the Bears are filling in positions on the offensive staff without a coordinator, continuing as they interview Mike DeBord for the tight ends job.  There has to be reasons they only mentioned Perry Fewell for the defensive gig and have gone dark since he left them at the altar.  But what the hell can they be?
Perhaps the rumors that Les Frazier is interested in joining Lovie Smith in Chicago are true but I can't imagine Frazier - with a head coaching job right out his window - would leave the stability of Brad Childress' recent contract extension.  The NFL has too short an attention span to consider out-of-work coaches.  Frazier may be coming to Chicago, don't get me wrong, it just might be for a better job next January.
There are several quality assistants still in the postseason.  Dennis Thurman in New York and Alan Williams in Indianapolis, both African American up-and-comers on defense, would provide a spark to a complacent unit.  Bill Callahan would love the opportunity to take over an offense again and Joe Lombardi is considered one of the architects of the Saints' passing attack.  If these guys are being considered, nobody is saying much about it.
And then there's Mike Martz.  The job seemed headed in his direction until Bates and Clements stole his thunder.  If Martz were a contender for the job, why wouldn't he already have the job?  It's not like he's had to change his phone number to ward off suitors.  It would make sense if Martz were somewhere in the shadows giving his seal of approval to these staff hires.  It would also make no sense whatsoever.
I wish there was an answer.  I wish I had a nice paragraph to finish this column up but I don't.  There are no answers when it comes to our current leadership.  Just more questions...and questions...and questions....

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  • It makes no sense, whatever OC and DC we get will have no say in their position coaches, as if we weren't dysfunctional enough to begin with.

  • In reply to Rancid:

    What's the statute of limitations on being first ? Jeff, can you remove the grown-up people who don't play ? I know Lobo is out there dreaming of his sophomore 'first!' post ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I do play, it's just my own way. I don't post a lot anymore but I do intentionally post if I think I can be first, but not say it, and therefore ruin the day of those who have nothing better to do. The whole first thing is lame, it has no point, so this is my own little war against it.

  • In reply to Rancid:

    And your little war against it is somehow less lame? Perhaps you could enlighten us.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    You know sometimes I miss the old site ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Way to go, Rancid!

    Well done, Ghost of, er, "Lightfoot" (even though Gordon's still with us).

    Saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert here 30 years ago.

    Sad to say that another of his classic ballads may be even more relevant:

    "Don Quixote."

    Through National Football Conference
    come Da Bears now hear our plea,

    Tilting at assistants passing,
    who will their coordinators be?...

    Here's a line from SUNDOWN for management that doesn't even need
    to be changed:

    "Sometimes, I think it's a sin
    when I feel like I'm winnin'
    when I'm losin' again..."

    See what you started, Ghost?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/ct-spt-0121-bears-chicago--20100120,0,2406322.story

    D Pompei seems to write about these coaches and brag em up a day before their interview with the Bears. The bears and him must get along well...... help each other out.

    I seem to really like this guy...he made Derek Anderson good. I say if he seems to be as good as advertised...get him....and give him all the power he wants on the offensive side of the ball. Bears, take that money you saved by not firing Lovie and getting a new coach, and out-bid others for his coaching services.

    Hard for a common fan to know exactly how good these coordinators are...but this is the first offensive candidate that I have actually been excited about getting.

  • I'm actually to the point of hoping its Martz. I mean, so we really think that with Lovehandles at the helm we can have a real Superbowl season? Getting Martz just means Cutler gets to throw the ball tons to his receivers for a year, and build lots of chemistry so that whoever takes over when Lovie and Martz get canned after next year has a nicer toy to play with. Don't get me wrong, I want the Bears to win every game, and I totally buy Jeff's "just make the tournament" point, but I also don't think that Lovie is very good in the tournament. So why not get Martz, have a season of fun-to-watch football, and then enter the post-Lovie era with stronger QB-WR connections.

  • In reply to Rancid:

    Lovie has a better record than most in the playoffs, Dallas for a start. No way Martz gets the Chicago job after putting the knife into Cutler earlier this year. And who wants to watch Cutler dink and dunk his way up the field ?

  • Lovie isn't hiring Martz.

    Lovie knows Martz well enough to know that he just wants one thing: Lovie's job.

  • and JA and Lovie thought this would be so simple.

    "Coaches are gonna want to come to Chicago".......

  • The Bears are simply waiting to make the final decision until they can talk to those coaches still in the playoffs. Both Bill Callahan and Joe Lombardi are interesting prospects for the offense just as Alan Williams and Dennis Thurman are intriguing for the defense.

    I would be very surprised if the Bears answer any of our questions before Feb. 8.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    first sane comment

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Exactly!

    That's what this all amounts to. Giving a position coach his first shot at a coordinator's spot. Classic Bears garbage run.

    So is there anyone out there worthy of the promotion?

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I wouldn't be too concerned this early on while teams are still playing. Heck, maybe the silence means something big and good is coming.
    Don't laugh, it's possible.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I just can't take it anymore. I am personally boycotting buying anything that says Bears on it until the McJokeskys finally show Lovie and Angelo the door. I hope we lose 14 games next year (actually I think we will be in a dogfight with the Lions for 4th in the North), get a new GM, coach, and a nice high draft pick (let's all dream of an offensive lineman).

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I think is clear that the Bears painted themselves into a crooner. They made rash decisions after the season ended without really considering that NO coordinator is going to want to take a new gig when its very likely its a one and done deal. Any of the desirable candidates would not want to walk into that situation.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Of course that should read "corner" not crooner. They did not in fact paint themselves into a "crooner". That would be weird.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Or paint themselves into a coroner ... ;o)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Funny, but coroner is what I saw at first before I put my glasses back on :-)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Who ever or whenever they pick the DC and OC don't matter. What matters is what product takes the field next season. Then and only then will we know if they made the right hires...
    IMHO, it was talent or the lack thereof that was the major issue for dabears last season. Coordinators call plays, player(with talent) make plays..

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    "The Bears will interview Chargers asst head coach Rob Chudzinski for offensive coordinator job in next 24 hours" via all the beat writers in Chicago.

    ok....now....Biggs did say Derek Anderson was a Pro-Bowl QB under him, but what else has he done? and if he was a part of that SD debacle they called an "offense" last sunday, fuck this guy.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    also this from Zack Zaidman:

    "footballcoachscoop.com reports Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has talked with Bears RB coach Tim Spencer about joining Spartans"

    hmmm..........also while we're at it, can we get rid of the strength & conditioning guy? two RBs left and resurrected their careers w/ other teams (well one anyway...fuck Ced Benson). please dear GOD let dude take that job so we can get a decent RB coach

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I never like to repost, but it's not everyday that I write a song. And a funny song at that. This was inspired by Jeff's last column about the "Good Ship Lovie Smith" and Albert's comment on Smith piloting the Edmund Fitzgerald.

    Ballad of Lovie Smith by The Ghost of Halas
    (to the tune of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot)

    I'm retired and no, I have nothing better to do.

    The legend lives on from Lake Forest on down
    Of the head coach they call gentle Lovie
    The guy, it is said, always gives up a lead
    When the skies of November turn gloomy (that part I stole right out of the song)

    The Bears were the pride of both north and south side
    Coming off a good playoff bi-id
    As franchises go it was better than most
    With a defense and special teams quite solid

    Couldn

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    The only logical explaination to me is that the Bears' strategy is to ride out the storm. Instead of wasting $11 million+ and worrying about possible labor problems in the next couple years, let's just coast through the rest of Smith's contract. A couple of stagnant years wouldn't hurt us.

    Right?

    Right?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Stagnation. I meant stagnation.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    FQ, if chud brings Floyd with him, I'm down.

    The chargers run the style of offense we on this here board dream about. I think he'd be good for Jay and good for us. But why the hell would he want to come to Chitown now? Norv just got a 3 year extension and I promise you Chud, his best buddy is being given the shotgun position right next to him.

    Yes, until that ridiculously bad game last week

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    This one is for the Blogfather:

    Hello?
    Is there anybody in Halas Hall?
    Just nod if you can hear me.
    Is there anyone home?
    Come on, Come on, Come on, now,
    I hear you're feeling down.
    Well, I can ease your pain
    Get you on your feet again.
    Relax.
    I'll need some information first.
    Just the basic facts.
    Can you show us who you want?

    There is no pain you are receding
    A distant team's fortune on the horizon.
    You are only coming through in waves.
    Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying.
    When I was a child I heard a SHUFFLE.
    My hands felt just like giant styrofoam.
    Now I've lost that feeling yet again
    I can't explain, you would not understand
    This is not how I wish to be.

    I have become comfortably numb.
    I have become comfortably numb.

    O.K.
    Just a little press leak.
    There'll be no more wtf...
    But you may feel a little sick.
    Can you stand up?
    I do believe it's working, good.
    That'll keep you going through the offseason
    Come on it's time to go.

    There is no pain you are receding
    A distant team's fortune on the horizon.
    You are only coming through in waves.
    Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying.
    When I was a child
    I caught a fleeting glimpse of sweetness
    Out of the corner of my eye.
    I turned to look but it was gone
    I cannot put my finger on it now
    The child is grown,
    The dream is gone.
    but I have become comfortably numb.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, you gotta give the tune to sing to man. Otherwise it's just prose... no rhythm.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whoops... I probably should have read more of the lyrics. Sorry.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Go on the 'Floyd' ! That's it, that's how I felt this season. Comfortably numb.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    DBB Stat of the Day:

    Last time the NFC and AFC Championship games were BOTH won by the home team: 1993.

    So, which team is losing, Saints or Colts? Or are we breaking the streak? I say the streak is broken in 2010.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't know GPL, with the Queens sacking the bejaysus out of Romo 6 times, what's Brees in for ? He looks like the rest of them when he's under pressure. A dancing midget.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that's not true ... the Bears and Colts both won in 2006, no?

  • In reply to tomburg:

    Ah darn-it, you're right. Thought I'd checked that one through.

    Ok, 11 year streak then.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    The lack of new-hire (coaching)candidates simply proves that real pros don't want to work for the current regime.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    gpldan - As a Pink Floyd fan and a Bears fan, I appreciate your lyrics. There does seem to be a Wall around the Bears organization. They do in fact operate like they are on the Dark Side of the Moon.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Last I heard from the conspiracy blogs that Aliens were mining the dark side of the Moon...and since they must be far more intelligent and technologically advance than we humans I highly doubt they would accept Lovie there unless they required a porky squishy pet for the mining station staff.

  • In reply to BillW:

    To all. Don't be surprised if JA and the front office are telling the potential new hires that Lovie isn't going anywhere this year or next. I am willing to bet that they have thier eye on some wiz kids that are on teams currently in the playoffs. Look to the saints and colts for coaching talent to come to the Bears. The Bears have alot riding on the Cutler trade and look for some solid hires to come down the coaching pipelines.

  • In reply to BillW:

    'Money' and 'Us and Them' would be suitable tunes for the McCaskey iPod ....

  • In reply to BillW:

    Tom Moore is really retiring ? Manning will be crying his little turtle tears from his big turtle head. Will that be a Kurt Warner type retirement ? We should have a sweep for when Warner announces he's coming back ...

  • In reply to BillW:

    Trumaine McBride just signed w/ the Cards. welp...there goes some depth (hopefully we can replace that)

  • Another question mark opening up, RB coach Spencer deciding whether to leave us to become Michigan State's RB coach. The fact he'd be willing to take that demotion after being on Lovie's original Bears staff shows you that the Lovie loyalty factor doesn't count anymore and that these coaches just want out before things get worse. They can't even keep the few coaches they have.

    Although, Martz looked to be the default, I don't think he becomes the guy. Cutler doesn't like him after the criticism Martz gave him early in the year, and I think Jay has a big say so in this one.

    Chicago (under Lovie's 1 yr contract) is where coaches go to die. I hope they're holding out for playoff assistants. We need coaches that come from recent winning orgs to change the losing mentality.

  • Just so we know who we

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, sorry for the bad grammar... I'm angry and ranting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I believe the Bears are eyeing position coaches on those teams who are looking to get promoted to OC.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Or DC.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I agree with you Shady. If we get any coaches from playoffs teams, it won't be their OCs or DCs. It will be their position coaches. A couple weeks ago, I wouldn't have considered a Doug Plank as DC and Indy/GB/ or Ravens QB coach as OC. But, right now they're looking pretty good.

  • Considering Angelo will blow his picks as usual ... and this guy would be a steal ... 6'3, 230 lbs - he's built like a Bears linebacker. Yes please !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    provided his Wonderlic checks out ... no dummies at free safety, can't fix that.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    By the bye, topic of today's blog is 'Why Haven't the Bears Hired Any Coordinators?' ... what's the rush ? Why make a hasty decision and regret it later ? Finding the right guy for Cutler to gel with is crucial. Lovie's not really looking for a DC, he wants a guy to come in and do exactly the same thing ... which won't be diabolical if we have everyone healthy and some new weapons on board.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Needless to say, whoever is hired, it probably won't be much to get all that excited about. The plan for next season was flawed from the start though, so it really isn't surprising.

    In other news, Forte had his knee scoped. This hasn't been talked about much, but we have to hope some of his struggles (aside from poor run blocking) had to do with a bum knee this year. Time will tell.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-100120-matt-forte-brad-maynard,0,7047151.story

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