Will the Bears Replace Lovie Smith This Offseason?

The rumors are starting to swirl on if Lovie Smith has done enough to keep his job past the final two games this season. There are a number of other good coaches that will be available.

Barry Wilner, AP Football Writer, writes the following on this Christmas about Smith, and if his job going into 2010 is safe:

Three seasons back, Lovie Smith was the toast of Chitown, as secure as any coach or manager in the Windy City. Now, followers of Da Bears are ready to bring out Da Ax.

And not just for Smith, but for general manager Jerry Angelo.

The Bears’ frugality was legendary, but Angelo has spent big time on some of his stars, who have not played like stars, and he did get aggressive in acquiring Jay Cutler(notes). Unfortunately for the GM and his coach, Cutler has been the season’s biggest individual flop, more a franchise scourge than franchise quarterback thus far.

Chicago has looked inept and disinterested at times this season, about the worst indictment a coaching staff can be handed.

If Smith goes, don’t look for a big name to replace him.

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