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Article Makes the Point that Lovie Smith is NOT the Answer for the Bears

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Another Bears season is closing in, and there’s plenty of talk about if the team is going to live up to the hype with new Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler. There’s an interesting article over at Souvenir City, a blog about some of the best debates in sports.

One of their latest articles deals with Lovie Smith and the Bears, and how they think that Smith is NOT the answer and won’t lead the Bears anywhere:

When Lovie Smith was hired in 2004 most of us said “Who?”. But when he took to the podium and talked about dominating the Packers, NFC Central dominance and playing “Bears football”, Bears fans instantly warmed up to the former Rams defensive coordinator. And it appeared that the players on the defensive side did too when it improved from 22nd to 13th overall in Lovie’s first season despite the team finishing 5-11. The ingredient that seemed to be missing was an offense that could do more than go 3 and out. Of course that was hard to do when your QB gets sidelined for the entire season after a knee injury.

So, after the first season, it was widely assumed that because Grossman was injured the offense was simply missing its catalyst to numbers that would give the defense the a chance to put up more wins. Unfortunately, the 2005 season would see Grossman go down again in the preseason. Fortunately the defense was strong enough for Lovie to achieve his first winning season as a head coach with an 11-5 record and earn Coach of the Year honors in only his second season.

Despite having a very strong defense and a fully healed Rex Grossman, after a 1st round bye the Bears were beaten by the Carolina Panthers. A Panthers team the Bears held to only 3 points in a game during the regular season. They were scorched by WR Steve Smith for 212 yards on 12 catches and 2 touchdowns. During the off-season the Bears decided to trade away their first round draft pick and draft 5 players for the defensive side while scoring a major steal in the second round for the special teams in Devin Hester.

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2 Responses to “Article Makes the Point that Lovie Smith is NOT the Answer for the Bears”

  1. marco polo says:

    Why would the Bears go after an offensive minded coach now that they have Cutler, Forte and Hester? Points per game, takeaways and a solid running game will get the bears back to the superbowl. Seems you clog up your piece with garbled history then mention Gruden. What a joke.

    • mrejr8234 says:

      I dont know marco…maybe to make the offense better? if you think Devin Hester is the answer at WR you are sadly mistaken. No top flight reciever in the NFL wants to play for a run,run,run,run coach.

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