The Chicago Bears beat every single team they were better than during the 2012 campaign. They lost to every team better than them. They split with the Minnesota Vikings. If you’re looking for a three sentence summary of this disappointing year, there it is.
I expect Phil Emery to retain Lovie Smith as his head coach for 2013, adding a cosmetic extension to avoid Smith having to coach on the lame duck final year of his contract. If Emery believes Smith is a good coach – and all direct quotes and sources close seem to support that – he will certainly want to give that coach an opportunity to coach a roster with more of his players and less of his predecessors. There will be immense pressure on Smith and his coaching staff to make the postseason in 2013. But then again, there is immense pressure on the Bears to make the postseason every year.
Lovie Smith’s defensive program works. One needs look no further than the defensive development of Henry Melton, Corey Wootton and Tim Jennings to understand the impact Smith and his coaches have. Smith’s issue? His offensive program is non-existent. There has been no consistency of vision through Terry Shea, Ron Turner, Mike Martz and now Mike Tice.
But you can’t only head coach one side of the ball. The Bears will enter 2013 with the greatest collection of skill position players in their franchise’s history. The question Emery has to ask is if Smith and his staff are capable of coaching those players to their potential. To this point in his tenure the answer has been no.
In the comments below, tell me how you'd handle the Bears head coaching position moving forward? I'll post some of the best up here tomorrow.