Is Lovie Smith on the hot seat?
Mon, 10 Dec 2012|
The Chicago Tribune Live panel discusses Lovie Smith's job security - 12/10
Is a Lovie Smith coaching for his job. David off I think he is I think that this has become. A month that will define. You know his future in Chicago wrote that for the game it's even more true after the game. I think that the Bears could miss the playoffs and you be in jeopardy I think the Bears could make the playoffs if he could be in jeopardy because. If you squeak into the playoffs and you get beat in the first round I think that question you're gonna have to ask yourself at the end of the season. He is the arrow pointing up -- palace hall. It's very difficult to make that argument if that scenario plays out there were seven and one could -- we can debate and you want about. You know who they were 71 against this team has more talent than it's shown. I think yesterday for the second straight week they look like a bunch under achievers they they were ready for that. Intensity early on on the couldn't finish against the Seahawks they couldn't start against the Vikings. I don't know what it is except for win that when you have all these questions. The answer is it comes on the coaching and he's been here this is ninth season I think the responsibility falls on his shoulders -- that's appropriate. Tiger Thursday if you want comparison I was thinking of today is. Palin -- against Minnesota for a while playing for Washington would go to Philadelphia we knew exactly what they're gonna run high low cross routes. Who knew there won't throw the ball TO new there to do this and McNabb was still couldn't stop we couldn't match the intensity that stadium on the road that's a serious infielder. You don't fourteen or not in the game plan falls apart pitcher Mike Tyson for Jay -- for Brandon Marshall is specifically from the defense. To win that game you wanna Christian Ponder -- you wanna defend that make him beat you exactly what a person on -- to do. Cannot tape viewing got to fourteen and -- -- ponder threw that pick if you have. I geared to a Vikings coaches granting something you have times that you're fumbled on the field. We don't need you to beat the Bears and our defense is good enough they can't move the ball we can run a -- domestically. Without a doubt I think he's coaching for his job he should be Davey says nine time in nine seasons he's been here they make the playoffs three times in that stance once since they made the Super Bowl that's a long time for any NFL coach to going to look at one playoff appearance will be six years if they don't make it. And I think a lot of the responsibility does fall Lovie Smith first off. They play the cover two when analysts on griner locker might be the most valuable player of the players because in the cover -- That I can cover the middle of the field hill and anyway when they put Nick Roach in there it's such a drop off. He doesn't make the adjustments offensively when our lockers out Adrian Peterson you guys mention it he runs all over them they don't make Christian. -- -- of -- 176 rushing yards gets you off with Urlacher and about a 177 without them I -- -- so they were bad and then they -- works its. Won't overall though the season the defense hitting is on the strength of the team solidly lead had against the Seahawks they didn't play well against the run Friday Urlacher makes them a different defense and secondly. Who runs the offense -- always to -- -- offensive coordinators who get the blame but in any sensational structure. It rests with the head coach because he's hiring all these coordinators in retrospect amateurs to match before the -- it looks like getting rid of Mike Martz was a colossal mistake because. When -- got hurt last year they were playing great offensive football color looked good and I think they scored like thirty points in four or five games. Martz was the guy you want Caleb Haney said he couldn't play the guy could play -- right and that they bring in Mike Tice is sounds like a philosopher of all when it comes of the field for thirtieth in total offense and -- A lot of I think falls. I would much what I find it amazing to me. Listening to radio today. Reading -- -- getting ready for the Shell is the number of ridiculous takes that are defending well they've got this guy injured they got that Gator. The Packers are thirteen guys on IR -- one and so we're all would. And you know and -- our careers and all stop making it always is he's not a good what Bob don't know I'm not cap I think that you I don't know I -- wanna go out -- would just of that hinges pastors and after the game that -- you every team is enters this time a year every single team and if you can't adjust -- not everybody's saying that there are people. -- -- you got a couple of good break he didn't get good help and Obama and Cavaliers cut him a break I agree -- -- percentage defense hasn't made a place I was staple at Chicago they aren't as five. Worthless with the authority you're supposed to be the authority on the wrist until guilty -- and are you OK yeah all right and that was that was quite a rant. Now I'm just -- tailored to rested and I'm ready I'm straight up the beach and I and that is how we'll have a really something that you pop a blood vessels that can I come. I know that that was impressive but it I know he's making -- I mean I I haven't listened to today's I can't really speak to that. But I don't think that. You look at the Bears victory there are making excuses for themselves in terms of injuries they're not really. I'm saying they didn't ever elected and of Tim Jennings they didn't have Lance -- I don't think that's coming from men. What I what I do think is a part of the issue here we talk about -- is that this this seems to be this lack of self awareness in terms of it seems operate in the state of denial and you know they don't control their own destiny okay they they don't guys they don't you cannot win the division. If the Packers. Win the tiebreaker or own the tiebreaker over the Bears -- Packers lose to the Bears to win the next two they win the division okay. So we don't control your own that they don't prove that visit them. If you finish ten and six and the Redskins finished ten to six Wednesday and the Redskins -- -- go with a better conference they're better conference rather win that tiebreaker. So a lot of things that come out of the mouth of Lovie Smith you know there are quite. Then the case. And I think that's a bothers people because talks to -- talk -- to us so much to say that because he hit just just like plus yesterday after the game when he said I like that when he said. You know good they could not recover from the first series. What I thought in nineteen -- Sunday night it is tough just fell behind seven off another great series bottom -- he ran seven minutes off the clock somehow. The Packers recovered from the first series little fourteen doubt I would never had a coach so they couldn't recover and not a virtue of that game pin is. The Bears fantasy is that. Mike McCarthy. Adjusted on the flyers overrun vulnerable seventh straight time professional and the Green Bay Packers correctly there Roger's hand the ball seven times why is -- -- work. That's one problem the -- they don't we just ran it more than -- yesterday Donna just -- that they go to just really don't know what will work. Most reasonable hope and I don't think anything about this what I wanna go back -- your comment from Mike Martz. Forte was electric and Mike Martz -- office. He was removed from the coral formation it was a wide receivers and match up player. Right now he chances in the hole -- looks for imaginary holes but for space and he's not a downhill runner he's not a fit for this office. Is that because of him as -- because -- I don't know is a good job it's a lock up on the -- -- a problem going back people who for the track kept told us celebrate for years. And and thank you get a real credit as anything offensively these guys was last time -- -- -- -- and how much impact place achieved Paulson might be unfortunate that this is the situation there and but if they don't force turnovers this office is a good note oh boy it -- -- to me. The people up -- Lake Forest get paid a lot of money that's to make value decisions on the football team. How could you look at that offensive line after as abysmal as it was a year ago look at it gulp. We're -- they had to make a choice had to say do we need offense along -- do we -- receivers what's gonna help our quarterback. Is as soft as -- -- up -- Riley grief I'm just as our new offensive coordinator good enough to cover up some issues that probably believed a lot -- -- create. Because I did today I'll see you all that I know is definitely one of the major. Problems right there rush.