David Haugh surprised by Lovie firing
Mon, 31 Dec 2012|
Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh called in to say he was surprised the Bears fired Lovie Smith on Monday morning - 12/31
David not stunning news there had been some thought that. Maybe the McCaskey is what made it in a cast he's wouldn't I don't see any scenario lobby would return and fill every wasted no time are you surprised he did it so quickly. I'm surprised overall I think we -- last night after the game I told you that I hate you know the things that I thought should happen and things about what happened. We're two different things and I guess I am a little surprised only because. -- the boldness with which you have reacted this is a very un Bears like move this is what I think was a long time coming in terms of you have to look ahead and you have to look at what what is happening under Lovie Smith and the Bears were not getting better. Offensively they were not getting closer to the Super Bowl they're getting further away. But after nine -- I think you've made the appropriate decision if you're still -- I just. Maybe you're cynical jaded whatever I am surprised the Bears did this because I expected them to embrace the status quo. Where they typically do this is a very. Different decision. That the and they typically make. We just talked to Jim Miller few moments ago. And Jim throughout a number of candidates I'm here -- Kyle Shanahan and Mike McCoy Shanahan at Washington McCoy at Denver but Jim Miller told me. On the air moments ago this is from him he said it he knows the two names that are on Phil every Celeste are Brian Kelly. And Nick Saban does that surprise you. Well. I guess right -- it would surprise me I mean it's it doesn't surprise necessarily care because. We have -- the -- rumors. Come from several different sources. But I I don't know that they present the level. Where I believe of course but it that way I'm Nick Saban makes a lot of sense for any general manager who's looking to beat. But make a higher make a splash -- get a guy who once considered one of the best coaches in team sports in America. At any level. I don't know. That route makes. Two on offense necessarily because they don't know -- it's attainable I don't know what motivates Nick -- to lead Alabama to try to you know so again where he had relatives. You know success but not -- -- used to -- I think that Brian Kelly. I don't know if that makes I have to think that through the -- got to do whatever this last week it I'm not sure that's the right move for him either I think you metallic head coach. Very comfortable in -- successful at Notre Dame. I think it's somebody that is used to the NFL. Culture. Salary cap the atmosphere and -- professional players might get better set. And -- throw another name out at you want that I heard this morning and -- Jim just said he is definitely hearing is in play. Penn State head coach bill O'Brien because according to sources close to O'Brien. He was told there would be no NCAA sanctions just criminal penalties that the school would have to deal with and now because of what he is facing -- uphill rebuild there. He is looking to get out of a nine point two million dollar buyout saying it shouldn't be valid. Who wants to give back to the NFL what would you think of that name for the Bears he was the offensive coordinator of course in New England. I think you've talked to him because he does you know previous. NFL experience -- listening -- pretty good -- And it comes with well recommended. A pedigree I'm sure -- agree with respect. I think they he had that this season that coaching. Streets where -- you know. -- embattled and and dealt with things you know or. Crisis management that's another factor to consider with a guy who's gonna take over Chicago. You know these sort of things so bill O'Brien be a guy that you wouldn't -- talk to I think the nobody. Should expect Phil Emery to hire somebody with with this witnessed. That if fired Lovie Smith and I think that they after the season qualified -- witnessed this is a very methodical. Well thought well. -- guy goes about business area plodding way and I think that you expect seems sort of deliberation was taken its coaching -- -- -- go on a while. But I think when you got the white debt built right when those type of guys that you see if permitted to talk to. You said that it may take awhile when you say that how long do you think the process should take the -- head football coach because. I believe that this decision was made and whether the Bears made the playoffs this -- not. It was irrelevant unless they made a deep run. Lovie Smith was gone whether it was today or next Monday after their loss to the 49ers. So I expect. Fairly swiftly he's gonna have a new football coach not tomorrow but maybe in the next two and a half three weeks tops wealth of evidence that -- that's. Student -- we couldn't let I mean. Lovie Smith tired and yeah it's thirteen. Yeah I'm thinking more two weeks tops and they got a new football. But you've also got to you know you've you've got we can hurt you but that later but I think that you also have to take into consideration. That some of the guys that it may -- yet they they'd be paralyzed by the rules and did the talking that you talked to them because that might be a playoff teams they have. You know other obligations right now and the rules state that you can't -- with these guys so once you get a better sense of who it may be targeting that may want to talk to. The timetable will fall in place but I I think that you know 22 weeks or so it. Swift would be next Monday -- season Mexico I don't expect that to happen. It's going to be probably mid mid January I would think and and given that the type of people you wanna talk to that's probably appropriate. -- let me throw a couple of other names at you head coach candidates who have. Experience Jon Gruden. So bill -- right I let me also throw Brian Billick Andy read that so for guys. All have good pad agrees one just got fired the other three have been out. Any of those they -- treat you beat you think will be in the Bears list when it comes pared down to it shortly. Okay real quick what what what Andy Reid I think you'd take a year off he stretches. God it's coming from a situation that burn him out and I don't know that I would want him to jump right into. To places like Chicago. Where you know there's a lot of factors that are similar to Philadelphia. The terms of the environment terms. Colts in terms of the media all those things so I would say past. Number two I think Bill Powell case that's seven million dollar a year -- at least. Before you start to get him in the room I don't think you mentioned coming back. If he wore that obviously you talk to -- his pedigree it's his stature but I just don't know that you've gotten any indication that he wants to coach -- -- same sort of deal. I have a very difficult time seeing the Bears paying seven million dollars in north of that to a head coach I think this is the draft driven. General manager who wants to you know. You don't want to use the term rebuild but the kid if you look at the Colts and you have to take a long time to rebuild and get to the playoffs that have well people upheaval one off season. But this is very attractive guy I don't see him to go to one of these celebrity type coaches. Billick of the fortitude Mets cap probably would make the most sense to me in terms of attainable. Practical somebody that can make an impact in his offensive minded guy and -- don't know how he if you would want to give back in the -- Pretty problem that broadcasting -- because you're undefeated every week. Would you be surprised if they hired a deep offensive coordinator. From a very successful NFL pedigree I would simply because they've always gone that way usually when it doesn't work on the offensive side go get an offensive guy with a defense struggles. No matter what you go get a defensive guy I look at Pete Carmichael. Down at New Orleans Kyle Shanahan Mike McCoy. Bill O'Brien those to me it would be the guys he will probably turn to. I would probably agree with that I think another guy that you know I I know. It is. They tried to hire one of the offensive -- -- opposite corner of the Green Bay Packers compliment to. Q does Kevin Notre Dame pedigree that it kind of intriguing to think about -- -- -- -- end up on someone's list somewhere because of the success is that coaching Aaron Rodgers as far as the defensive coordinator -- I think it all depends on the right person initially my reaction be blocked. You know that there's no doubt that they've tried that and they have to go a different direction. You cannot continue. Neglect the offense. Need somebody with new ideas a fresh approach. You also you know this is a very significant in terms of you know the next -- coach is gonna determine who your next quarterback is in the in the short term and long term because you Jay Cutler. Have a contract status where. You know that the next guy is a good fit. Then. You know what you do with that this move. Forward that is what the next I want to you know take a job where Jay Cutler is entrenched so a lot of it's it's a fascinating. Scenario to consider lot of questions -- -- next more so beyond but overall my -- my reaction. Yeah surprised and but I think it does he give credit to leverage or -- doing too I think news is the right thing there. All right let's talk about -- lot of palace hall Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester let his emotions today aside saying maybe was gonna retire. Lance Briggs. Guys like that what do you think happens long term next twelve months to some of the veteran players on this franchise. To me today. It's in the debt and this happens in every -- like. Happens in every profession you know your window closing quickly and you can resisted. -- and object to it came -- ridiculous things and threaten retirement. Or you him you know try to get on board -- salvage what's -- to your career. There's in the -- and now it's cliche but you know each of those guys you mentioned you know some guys -- -- more secure than others. Doesn't have to probably some what god can be secure the victory. I would think that Brian Urlacher that's going to be a real typical conversation. But you have a new coach the new defense in the new approach. I'm not sure where 35 real linebacker -- fit into that equation again for the right price. Everything's negotiable Westbrook could fit in anywhere any time. That second place at the level he's playing at -- that good -- Julius -- his biggest issues going to be. You know we may be -- -- steal hitting -- in the under the salary cap Charles Tillman. He plays at that level he's going to be fine. These guys are going to be fine who can continue to perform at a -- well that trend in that translate into any coach -- tape you know watch the tape. That will dictate who's here and -- Appreciate the time David we'll see what happens and how quickly they move they moved quickly this morning Ken Whisenhunt fired just moments ago. Also deeds spent us announcing Norv Turner and AJ Smith out -- San Diego -- up to seven head coaches are ready today have been handed their pink -- -- Does that athletic complex Monday and one last thing kept -- you know keep an -- Lovie Smith. Some of those jobs that you just mentioned opening because. As much as it is it is time you know to change in Chicago this is a guy like that respect probably for the reason you hear it from the locker room. The guy that I have. You know might be the defense minister for some offensive. -- franchises. And wanna hire their defense of god. So I don't think that we -- left Lovie Smith.