PB Podcast: Jerome Bettis - Part 2
Thu, 3 Jan 2013|
Former NFL and Notre Dame running back Jerome Bettis joins Pat Boyle to discuss the Irish and the National Championship game as well as the goings on around the NFL. Check out Part 2 of the Pat Boyle Podcast - 1/3
Joining us after the trivia -- long -- NFL and Bears scribe Dan Pompeii thanks for doing that said Dan let's start first off. Had the Packers beat the Vikings Lovie would still be employed this week. With the Chicago Bears. With Emery had made this move had. They made the playoffs you think I think it would have been a much more difficult moved to may -- and I guess we'll never know for sure. But clearly from some of Phil's comments in his press conference the other day -- I think. He definitely saw some things beyond the fact that the Bears didn't make the playoffs that made him an easy. And I think if you were gonna bring them back you're gonna bring them back just for one year we have the head to commit to him and and extend his contract because his contract would have been up after the 2013 season. So. I think it would have been an evaluation process but certainly if if you make the playoffs. And you go -- even if you lose a game. The the the resume looks a lot better than if you miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six years that's a that's a really tough statistic for Lovie Smith to overcome. You have to look guy at the offensive side it's clear that that is the primary focus says that Phil Emery embarks on this search for a new head coach -- And when you look at the -- coordinators on the list that you know they're talking to thus far Denver's Mike McCoy. Might solve and the Packers Tom Clements. On these these are guys that are calling plays and that I have installed offenses that are working. If they make the jump to head coach. Then they are no longer usually playing calling the play so. In not only is it it's great to have an offensive mind but he he really has to have the right hand man in mind that's going to be able to install the offense. The way he wants it to be so we talk about these. He's great -- he's out there you're really talking about who who their understudy is as well what's a good point whoever you you hired head coaching have to hire him. Because you like him for more than the fact that he did well with his offense or defense or special teams you like to -- you have to like the fact that he projects well. As a leader and a visionary and someone who could take over team. And it then you have to hope that he's got the right assistants in place to certainly that's a part of it in every job interview. The general managers -- asking the head coach Phil -- is asking the candidate. Who is your offensive coordinator going to be Hoosier defense of coordinator going to be who should defensive line coach offensive line coach special teams coach. In the end the candidate usually has a list of guys for offensive coordinator my first guy in line and so and so my second guys so -- -- third its own self. And as you move further along in the process. You -- kind of hone in and say can you definitely get this guy or -- because. It's a big factor in whether or not the guy can have success when you look at these two different groups and there's one thing we know Phil is gonna exhaust the search she's going to be thorough. That you you've got your collegiate coaches you have your current offensive coordinators or coordinators special teams coach what have you. Or you have your former NFL coaches when you look at those different categories. What does your gut tell you. That Phil is is most comfortable -- of what type of law. Category do you think would mesh well with the way he'd like to see things thrown. -- I don't think he would discount any of of the above I think he would look at all of them I think he is looking and all of them. But you know if you have to Kenny generalize I would say. He's probably looking for a guy who is kind of you know grinder and up and comer and -- guy. -- who works well with people. Who is -- -- obsessed with controlling things and having a lot of power over different things. Phil was looking for a partner. In the head coach in where would that kind of guy most likely come from. Maybe coordinator maybe college coach I would say. And you know at least likely a guy to maybe fit those categories would be a former head coach someone with experience and who someone who's been successful who's kind of maybe set in his ways and we want to do things his own way. So would surprise you if if -- Jon Gruden or bill kollar decided to. To come to Chicago here and and and try to run the Bears so you first -- I don't think those guys are coming anyway you and the NFL I think they're both pretty comfortable broadcasting. And it if they did decide to come back you know certainly I -- I would have a hard time seeing Jon Gruden. That meshing in this situation in Chicago. Bill -- or maybe a little more so just because of his personality type his coaching style. But that I'd I'd be shocked if he ended up as coach of the Bears win the one thing that. That struck me from Phil's com. Press conference he -- I agreed with that you know majority of what he said. What he said that he'd like to see that coach with high energy who worked well with the media. Selflessly from our perspective yeah I'd be great to have a guy that's a sound bite machine news. You know always you know on the dance in and you never know what's gonna come out of their their mouth next. And I get you'll always go opposite of what you had so that makes complete sense with what we have with Lovie. That said sometimes Dole's guys. They miss step. They lose a locker room quicker then the guys who. Like -- protect their guys who who create that force field between the organization and the media so. You're kind of careful what you wish for if you go out and look for that high energy. Guy who's gonna dominate and win win the press conference. You know I'm not so sure. Though that -- -- Phil do you think Lovie was one of those guys he might say Lovie was one of those guys because I think what he was talking about mostly. Someone who represented the organization well and got the message across and get in a way that didn't hurt the team and you know would you would you. Once someone maybe with a little bit more -- up there is the question I'm not I'm not so sure that that Phil would because. Really what what Lovie did in terms of how he approached the media. Was it was everything that he did was. Protecting the team right was first and foremost in his mind. In I think you know you you have to say that that that's a quality that most general managers admire. What I look back at love -- tenure here in Chicago. Obviously the one Super Bowl appearance. Team always came first that locker room was sacred to him and he always if a guy let some things out you know he was in -- stock outs you know -- DJ Moore would be that the recent example of that this past season. -- when I look back at love B and his nine seasons only one offense that ranked in the top twenty. I would have to say that that was his undoing here if you could pinpoint. One thing. Would be his selection of that's our offensive coordinators that was the biggest problem in his time here in Chicago. No I don't think he necessarily. Had offensive coordinators who were incompetent I really don't eight you know I think you waste. It was more than just one thing I don't know that we can put our finger on one thing I think it was a lot of things you know some of it was personnel related. The things that no offensive coordinator could have fixed. -- some of that was quarterback related you know they went to a number of different quarterbacks. And I've never had a for mobile quarterback his entire time here. You know if if you gonna be Super Bowl team. There have improbable quarterback because there aren't many teams that win Super Bowls. In this era that don't have outstanding quarterbacks and you just look at the list of of the Super Bowl winners the last ten years or so. You'll see you know Tom Brady Aaron Rodgers Eli Manning. Guys who went and actually -- top of the game and those -- the guys who make a difference. In the post season in the NFL. The Bears have not had one of those yet so if you had deployed. Blame on why the offense failed this year you would put more on Jay. And execution that you would put on Tice is -- -- put it on execution really yes I would I would say that. You know from blocking. To receiving. Two throwing they had just multiple multiple problems and when you've got those problems like that pat there's nothing an offensive coordinator a play caller can do to make up for. You have to be able to out hit out execute. I'll run out passed through all those things and against your opponent yet to do them better yet to make plays even that Phil Emery. Made note of it in his press conference he said really comes down to who who has looked more playmakers that's again usually wins the game. And there were too many games this year. When the Bears did not have as many playmakers or is as good -- playmaker as their opponents.