Peter King shares his take on Lovie's dismissal
Mon, 31 Dec 2012|
Pro Football Talk's Peter King says he wasn't shocked by Lovie Smith's firing -12/31
Peter did this shock you were you -- this morning when they pull the plug on Lovie Smith. Now because I think that everybody in Chicago news that. If you. Start very strong for two consecutive years and two consecutive years is allowed at the end. That's not gonna sit well with the McCaskey family certainly not gonna sit well. -- with Phil Emery and new general manager so it really wasn't a shock I thought. Then if his job would have been saved it would have been because. They knew they had a terminal problem on the offensive line which really is affected -- for two years that they just have not been able to fix. Where'd you go from here that if you're the Bears you've had a defensive coordinator. Basically every hire you may except like that goes a special teams coach in Dallas -- now a lot and get an offensive coordinator. Or do you think a bill cower or Jon Gruden or Brian Billick when he of those guys would have interest to the Bears -- those guys the interest in the job. I think the one guy who -- be very interest thing that I would wanna research would be Jon Gruden. Because gruden wants to coach in the NFL. Any only wants to coach if he can go somewhere where there's an established starting quarterback. So he's a guy -- -- start. I'd start with -- again look -- toxic to some people because he's so strong willed. And you'd have to find out if he and Phil Emery can work together but. I I think let's say that you can't hit gruden or he doesn't wanna come or. He wants seven or eight million bucks a year in you wanna -- in the Bears don't wanna pay him that. Look at the bottom line in what you should look for is that you should look for the guy who's the smartest guy for your team if your determined. That we have to get a guy on the offensive side of the ball. I think the silliest thing of all is to say well. Traditionally we've hired defensive guys so we're gonna hire a defensive guy and get the best offensive coordinator we can't. That's that's dumb. You should go out -- hire the best football coach that you can free your team at that time and then fill in around them. Bill Powers name is one that's very popular here because it evokes memories of Mike Ditka. Ramping up and down the sideline he's also highly successful been out of the game -- several years do you think he wants the coach. I don't think so I mean you know he's been out of the game six years now. He's got a very comfortable life probably makes a couple million dollars a year and you know do you really want a guy. Who has been out of the mayhem for six or seven years. Who had is it doesn't. Necessarily. Have. The then the burning desire he would had twenty years ago when he started coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mean. The worst thing that should do is you try to say. Let's go get Bill Parcells to run our team he's great -- that would have been great in 1995. OK but is it great now when Bill Parcells is past seventy okay. Or and and Bill -- obviously much younger he's whatever 5657. Years old. But you know the point hands. You've got to give guys would you wanna have a guy. Who hasn't had to get up at 5 o'clock in the morning for the last six or seven years. Who hasn't had to going into game plan meetings I mean you know would you want that guy. And so that would be my biggest question I think that's one of the reasons that Jon Gruden really is interested in getting back in now. He feels like he's starting to have been out for so long. That whatever it's been for him for five years that he start to think if I go much longer I'm not going to be able to get back in. And so. My advice to Chicago is don't try to recreate history. -- try to make your own history. If you look at coordinators let's assume John gruden isn't the guy we hear that name's Mike McCoy. Kyle Shanahan Pete Carmichael Rick -- any of those guys jump out -- you go. Yeah I think it'd be great fit. And there's no question in my mind that I would be in your -- in every Kyle Shanahan I didn't read him in the second. And I would wanna talk to about his plans. For the offense now you know I think he invented -- helped invent anyway a great offense for Robert Griffin the third Washington. In which you know as the season went along they just kept adding new things every week. That. You know dealt with -- Robert Griffin the third strengths. I think he would look at Jay Cutler he wouldn't say hey let's run the read option analysts have run eight times a game he wouldn't do that. But I think what he would do is he would take. A shaky offensive line first of all. I think he anybody in Phil -- certainly will do this. You know they'll address -- they'll have at least two new major bodies on that line next September. But I think Kyle Shanahan is Smart enough to know that series and only one way to play offensive football. He can do with the John Elway dropped back way. Or he can do the Robert Griffin the third option why. Or any way in between and that's why I would definitely talk to him I think he's had a lot of experiences. Doing in a lot of different ways before election go to Lovie Smith get a head coaching job this off season. I doubt it I wouldn't be shocked but I doubt it I think one of the things. I think first of all. I believe the majority of the hires this offseason. Are going to be offensive minded hires. You know maybe Jon Gruden and Andy Reid Chip Kelly maybe Kyle Shanahan other guys Q do you Jackson and the Bengals the former Raiders coach. I think he's gonna get an interview -- to. But I think people look at the offensive side of the ball the imaginative side of the ball and I'm not saying defense and coordinators can't be imaginative but. I think people are looking. To get explosives Smart high powered offense is right now.