This post is the first in a series of three, aimed at breaking down the current Lovie situation. Today's addition, the meatball approach, will look at this issue from a standpoint filled with fire and passion. Tomorrow's post will take a logical stance on why Lovie should be fired. Friday's installment will remind everyone why we should not fire Lovie. Where is the truth? Well, that is for you to decide, but I think there are legitimate truths to be told from each perspective. In the end, it just depends how you like to roll your dice.
Lovie must be fired- Meatball Edition
The Bears need to fire Lovie Smith- not at the end of the season, not after debating it for another month; NOW. After Sunday's loss to Minnesota, Lovie said the team ran out of time. If you knew time would be important, Lovie, then why the hell would your team still be huddling-up on offense with less then five minutes left in the game when you are down by 14 points? Do you not have a snippy, belittling response to that?
Lovie usually takes the blame for things like this, saying something like "That is on the head coach," before then turning on the questionnaire and talking down to everyone the rest of the press conference. What he should be saying is "I lost that damn game with my knack for indecision and pathetic time management." What about running the ball? Remember when the Bears, as Lovie so often reminded us, "got of the bus running?" Lovie does not. As soon as the Bears were down 14-0 in the first quarter, the head coach practically deleted the running game, and later claimed that "the score dictated [the offensive approach]."
With three plus quarters left, the Bears' head coach had so little faith in his own team that he effectively negated the running game and took to the air. This sounds like the action of a head coach who questions his own team's ability and is desperately trying anything to pull out a win and pocket another lottery check with a playoff birth and a new contract. Any coach, let alone a Bear head coach, who casts aside the running game with three quarters left is a moron. Use some balance, play hard, and battle back to win the damn game. Lovie's decisions constantly look like a white flag, waving frightened in the wind.
The frustrations do not stay on the field either. Week after week, Lovie speaks to the media as though the reporters, and their audience, are complete morons. Meanwhile, on the field, the team cannot get plays in on time, has not looked prepared for a game in over two weeks, and continues to whittle away a 7-1 start. Lovie is a choker and a failure. 2006 was a fluke; that defense simply had one of the best seasons a defense ever will, and Lovie "the Illusionist," rode it to a Super Bowl loss and turned it into a lot more money and too many more years in Chicago.
The Bears have won one game against the Packers since acquiring Jay Cutler. The Bears have failed to make the playoffs four out of the last five seasons, and now they have lost four of five games. In two of those games, the defense held the opposing offense to under 100 passing yards... and they still lost. So what if the Bears beat the Packers this week? Who cares if they win the next two games against Detroit and Arizona to follow? The Bears choked-away a 7-3 start last season, and have almost completed their masterpiece: choking-away a 7-1 start this season. This team will wet the bed if it somehow makes the playoffs, and that is one extra game that I can do without.
While I do not logically want Lovie losing any of these upcoming games, because something stupid deep inside me carnally wishes for Bears' wins, I, emotionally, would rather he lose them than win them. This team will not advance in the playoffs. This team should not be allowed to make the playoffs. If Lovie finds a way to retain his job with the remainder of this season, then I want to hibernate through every month till he is gone. This team has talent, but not enough of it, and the head coach is only making things worse at this point.
Do not give Lovie a chance to win another game: fire him now and allow anyone else- Dave Tobe, Mike Tice, Rob Marinelli- to mismanage the Bears out of the playoffs the rest of the way. Get a better draft pick, fire them all, and let us hope that Phil Emery was a better hire then Jerry Angelo, and believe that he can rebuild this team quickly; first by selecting the head coach of the team's future.