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Could one of these ex-Bears replace Lovie in 2011?

Could Harbaugh return to coach the team he QB’d for under Ditka?

On Friday, Yahoo! Sports identified the 11 NFL head coaches on the hottest seats for the remainder of 2010. Not surprisingly, Lovie Smith’s name appeared on the list. Here’s what the article said about Chicago’s most embattled coach…

If the current trend continues in Chicago, coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo will likely be jettisoned, creating a highly attractive situation for a proven coach with a hand-picked talent evaluator. It likely won’t be that optimal, however, because the McCaskey family aims low and spends little.

Possible replacement: Look for the Bears to lust for ex-quarterback (and current Stanford coach) Jim Harbaugh but to end up with a coach whose wooing requires less heavy lifting, like Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Chargers defensive coordinator (and former Bears linebacker) Ron Rivera or Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

In case you were wondering, the article had Bill Cowher as the numero uno candidate in Carolina. He was also mentioned as a potential target of the Vikings should they part with Chilly.

With 10 other potential competitors in the market for a coach at season’s end, it’ll be interesting to see how far the McCaskeys will dig into their deep pocketbooks for a new coach.

Of course, all this talk will be for not when Lovie rights the ship and the Bears make the playoffs this year…right?


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