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Hot Rod: Marinelli at Halas Hall to discuss job with Smith

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Lovie Smith could complete the next move on his coaching staff by the end of the weekend but the agent for the men involved said nothing will happen that fast.

Rod Marinelli is in town today and will meet with Smith and team officials at Halas Hall. It's fully expected in league circles that he will join the Bears' staff although in what capacity and with what specific title is unknown.

"He's just visiting,'' Frank Bauer told the Sun-Times. ``Rod has a number of opportunities and he is seeing Lovie and they're sitting down and talking. It's a visit.''

Bauer represents both Marinelli and Smith, as well as coordinators Bob Babich and Ron Turner, and has intimate knowledge of the team's inner workings. He cautioned that it isn't a done deal.

Bauer would not expand on the other possibilities Marinelli has but this is the first place he's gone in search of a new gig.

``I just think Rod wanted to go up and take a look and see what they're doing," Bauer said. "He came off a tough situation in Detroit and we're going to take our time. He and Lovie are very good friends, they're best friends.''

Marinelli would be charged with turning around the defensive line with an eye toward getting three-time Pro Bowler Tommie Harris and one-time pass rushing threat Mark Anderson back to form.

Marinelli and Smith have an extensive history together from their days together in Tampa Bay and Marinelli was the first choice of Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo to be the defensive coordinator when Smith was hired in 2004. Smith served as the linebackers coach for the Buccaneers and Marinelli was regarded as one of the finest line coaches in the league. Babich remains the defensive coordinator and is expected to remain on staff.

``I would rather not say,'' Bauer said when asked if Marinelli was seeking a job as a defensive coordinator. ``I wouldn't think necessarily so.''

Marinelli was fired as coach of the Detroit Lions after three seasons on Monday Bauer said that day that the Bears ``would make a lot of sense'' for his client.

Angelo practically made a recruiting pitch for Marinelli is his press conference on Tuesday.

``I think the world of Rod Marinelli,'' Angelo said. ``I would love to have Rod Marinelli on our staff and I think Lovie would say the same thing. He's a great football coach. Anytime you get a chance to get a great coach or great player, you're not going to sit here and say that you wouldn't consider him or you wouldn't work a way to do that.''

So far, Smith's only move has been to fire defensive backs coach Steve Wilks, who clashed at times with Babich. If Marinelli comes on board it could lead to the dismissal of line coach Brick Haley. The line is in need of a revamping after the defense struggled to rank 21st in the league with no consistent pass rush from the front four. Harris underperformed after signing a $40 million, four-year extension and went through a turbulent season that included a one-game team suspension. Anderson hasn't been the same player since he was runner-up for defensive rookie of the year honors in 2006. He had 12 sacks that season and has made just six since with only one this past year.

Marinelli could land a title such as associated head coach but Bauer repeated nothing is set even though word around the league is something is already in place. Marinelli's defense ranked 32nd the last two seasons in Detroit, which is obligated to pay him for one more season. He would become the fourth line coach in six seasons under Smith and Wilks' replacement will also be the fourth defensive backs coach in that span. Wilks should be credited with the development of cornerback Corey Graham.

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Are you kidding me? Keep the worst D-Coach in the league in Babich AND add a coach who was 0-16 to help him? The Bears must be delusional. I could see maybe bringing in Marinelli and firing Babich but keeping the two of them????????? Ted Phillips needs to wake up. Fire Lovie now!

who cares?!?!

with lovie "simpleton" smith as head coach, the bears are going nowhere anyway.

only the bears would think it was a good idea to hire a guy who just set the nfl record for futility by leading a team to an 0-16 record.

great job angelo! which injured college player are you going to select with 18...or are you going to trade the pick for 2 second round busts like bauzin and okwo???

how disgustung the bears organization is!

please sell the team to someone who cares mccaskeys...

"If Marinelli comes on board it could lead to the dismissal of line coach Brick Haley. The line is in need of a revamping after the defense struggled to rank 21st in the league with no consistent pass rush from the front four. Harris underperformed after signing a $40 million, four-year extension and went through a turbulent season that included a one-game team suspension. Anderson hasn't been the same player since he was runner-up for defensive rookie of the year honors in 2006. He had 12 sacks that season and has made just six since with only one this past year."

IF ... IF ... Brick Haley should have been the first one shown the door this offseason not Wilks. We have teams running at will, a non-existent pass rush, and a former Pro-Bowler and former Defensive Rookie of the Year who look like shells of their former selves and Haley MIGHT be let go.

Fire BABICH. Fire HALEY. Fire ANGELO. Then address the player personnel issues.

I think it would be a great pick up he was good enough to get a head coaching job.

Let's hire Matt Millen while we're at it. He'll get us a WR!!!!

A lot of us true Bear fans hate the non-chelant, unpassionate dispaly we see every week from Coach Smith. And a lot of fans will not be happy until he is let go and the most of the entire staff is re-assembled. BUT we do have reason to be excited with the possible signing of Rod Marinelli. He is the polar opposite of what we dislike about Lovie, he is a passionate coach who get's excited about his players and team. If you ask around the league, he is regarded as one of the finest defensive line coaches in the NFL. I am more than happy to see a man of his character come on board with us, and help get this thing turned around. I think that Babich will still be let go and replaced by another coach, hopefully someone with as much heart as Marinelli. And in terms of Detroit's 0-16 record I don't believe you can slap that on Rod. He never let that team give up, just a case of horrible front office work and poor talent. Rod will do great back as a coordinator or line coach, and I have no doubt about that!!

C'mon. anything will help........Marinelli couldn't hurt. It was not so much coaching in Detroit. Calvin Johnson is the only player they've got............There was a reason Tampa and Gruden wouldn't let the Bears hire him years ago..

At least Lovie will be secure that even Angelo is not stupid enough to hire Marinelli as a probable replacement for Lovie. By the way ntice how SF snapped up Mike Singletary for 4 years and SD made Rivera its defensive coordinator? It seems other GMs value old Bears and what they stand for. I doubt Lovie and Marinelli would be able to coach in the NFL after how they fell on their faces so misrably. Isee Lovie coaching Rice or SMU against Wannstedt in the 2010 LOMBO BOWL.

What

I don't know about the rest of you Bear fans, but I've had enough of this mediocrity!! This great city of Chicago deserves the best of everything and we settle for crap!!! This is the greatest sports franchise of all time yet we get second rate coaches, players, GM, everything! The name BEARS should strike fear in anyone that has to face us yet we still haven't beaten the likes of the Houston Texans!! The Houston Texans??? I bet ole Papa Bear is rolling over in his grave!! I'm sick of this!!!! There is no way in hell that the Vikings are better than us!! I'm totally embarassed!! We keep losing to these third rate teams from third rate towns that have no business being on the same field with us!!! WHY?????? Something has to be done...NOW!!!!!!! Get a QB!!!! I'm so sick of the scrubs we have behind center!! Help!! It looks like Green Bay is set at QB again for another decade or two. How many starting QB's will we have until Rodgers retires? I think it was 21 or 22 with Favre! How sad is that??

Short Play

Jerry Angelo, GM: Now Rod this is where your office would be, oh hey Bob did not see you there, anyways it offers a great view of the practice facility, the lunchroom.....

Me thinks :

1. Marinelli will be named d-coordinator and DL coach

2. Babich will be demoted to LB coach only and possibly d-asst. coord

3. Haley wil be demoted to asst d-line coach

4. the def. asst (name??) will be let go

5. and the Polynesian, Asian, Hawaiian or whatever he is that coaches LBs will move to the secondary with Gil Byrd being the main def. backs coach and him being the asst. db coach

Though, I thnk WR coach Darryl Drake will be fired

Maybe some of you "football fans" didn't know this but Rod Marinelli was seen as THE preeminent Defensive Line coach in the league before he took the Lions job. He has tutored the likes of both Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice to sure Hall of Fame careers and both of them would go to war for the guy. Bigger than that he turned role players into major contributors for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If anybody can light a fire under Tommy Harris its him. Maybe next time some of you "fans" will actually do some research before you look even dumber than you did this time.

Butch I gotta disagree with you, I think Lovie has the power and Babich is staying put. My guess is hot Rod will be named Asst. Head Coach/D-Line coach kinda how Babich used to be Asst. Head Coach/LB coach.One of the reasons Rivera didn't get along with Lovie is that Lovie is a hommer for his friends.

I expect a little war to start brewing between Lovie and Angelo next season as both have already begun the blame game.

All that said Rod is an excelent D-Line coach and I would guess he would be a better DC than Bab's. However I think he is going to be working the D-Line and assisting Lovie super buddie style. Go team Lovie, there is no need to be good when you can be Lovied.

Creighton: In a real world and in a better organization, the following coaches should have bought industrial size Imodium after the Texans game for their nervousness about their jobs after this 'subpar' season:

Bob Babich (def coord)
Lloyd Lee (LBs)
Brick Haley (defensive line)
Darryl Drake (wide receivers)
Charles London (off asst)
Pep Hamilton (QBs)
Eric Washington (def asst)

BTW: Marinelli and Lovie were roommates and are better friends than Babich and Lovie are.

I agree about next year, if the Bears start to go belly up and finish out of the playoffs, Lovie will be the ex-head coach of the Chicago Bears

Everyone if Rivera is so great why is it he still doesn't have a HEAD Coaching gig?????...How many coaches have been hired since he left the BEARS.....Just making a point, let's stop talking about how great he has been, our defense has went down due to age and underperformance, not scheme....last year everyone ran all over us, Babich adjusted to walking the LB's up to the line to help with the run and we got killed with slants by playing off receivers and tight ends running down the seam, then they adjusted to that and we get gashed with the run....Coaches are great to have but tell me how many of these other coaches would be grerat with out playmakers...Crennel was supposed to be hot till he went to Cleveland, no playmakers now he can't coach, what was the first thing Singletary said in SF I can't win with em..remember that famous quote...Marinelli may help but we need a makeover on that side of the ball, with safety and strongside LB being the keys, Harrison and Adams would be able to help up front with some solid playmakers behind them, look at the tackle numbers this year, Urlacher slipped because he was getting blocked, Briggs and Payne were solid, and Harris came on late, Graham showed he can cover and play the run as well, but we need more, yes a pash rusher would help, but we need someone to start sticking people again making them fear playing against our defense, that factor alone would significantly upgrade this team, and no coach anywhere is going to provide that, that has to come from the players on the field, I say get Mays from SC if he's there, but this team needs an identity on the field not on the sidelines to get respect...BEARS defenses always had that element, where is it now especially if Mike Brown doesn't come back, we need a guy on the field who gets everyone to play at a higher level and makes impact plays....I think its more than coaching that is the problem.....

Hey, are some of you addicted to stupid pills? What part of 0-16 is so hard to understand? I hate having to repeat this, but for the defensive guru Marinelli is, the crappy defense he oversaw ran on players he personally wanted to be in Detroit.

And again with the Tampa garbage. They win one SB and suddenly all of the people that come out of there are wise, mystical sages, draped in golden cloths. And when they speak, their voices are like a chorus of angels singing.

Lovie came out of Tampa. How has the defense fared since Rivera's departure?

It's repeated how great of a d-line coach Rod was. Well, Warren Sapp was a first round pick by Tampa and Simeon Rice was already a great player who in fact won defensive ROTY the year AZ drafted him. If Marinelli turned some nobodies on the street into perennial pro-bowlers, then come talk to me. Otherwise all he did was put a maraschino cherry on top of an ice cream cake someone else made.

I thought the plan was to get better for '09 and here we are nodding and smiling when Lovie says his bestest BFF (more BFF-ier than Babich), an 0-16 "coach," is going to get a job because they're former roomates.

In regard to Marinelli, a lot of assumptions are being made. We don't know in what capacity he would serve. I think he would love to be a defensive coordinator. He never will be a head coach again. Players like Sapp feel that he's an outstanding defensive line coach. With Millen picking players in Detroit who knows how much control he had up there? Even though I think that Lovie should ouster Babich, who knows? All conjecture at this point. However, I do believe that Marinelli would help the defensive line. We need a pass rush and better run stuffing. I for one believe that Urlacher played ok this year. The line couldn't keep guards off of him.

I think the first thing Rod needs to ask Lovie in terms of personel is where is your nose tackle? It's obvious with a bunch of d-lineman not much over 300 pounds that all should be three technique tackles, and their is NO true run stopper. Either put some extra weight and muscle mass on a guy like Adams or Tuinea or bring in a dominant tackle like Albert Haynesworth. It has got to be obvious to all of us that the run and pass defense are both suffering because of this lack of a big man in the middle. Whether it is putting too many guys in the box to stop the run and getting burned in the passing game, or dropping a "normal" amount of players into coverage and getting it ran down our throut's because everyone is going for a ride down the field (including Urlacher), it has got to be obvious that this ALL stems back to no true run stopper on this roster. I don't know how in the world this is NEVER brought up the last few season's as we get into the off-season agenda. All of the real Bear fans should be screaming at the top of our lungs for this to happen if we wnat to begin to see the defense's of old. We all remember Brian dominating with big Ted and Keith, and I'm not saying we would ever get back to that in Lovie's scheme, BUT their is absolutly no reason for our nose tackle to be the same size as our three-technique, they have completely different make-ups and until Lovie realizes that they are not one in the same we will continue to suffer defensively!! GO BEARS!!

To Butchie Brzzzzzzeski:
first of all, you're disrepecting the linebacker coach by saying, "whatever he is". What if I say to you (judging by your name), you're polish, german, russian, hungarian,slovakian, czech, or whatever you are.
Back to the Article:
Some coaches are better at being coordinators then head coaches. When you're a head coach, you sometimes get in over your head with all the day to day total activities. Marinelli will help dramatically with our defense.

This is really crazy. Why is Babich still on the team this late into 09. He should have been gone after the season. If the bears retain Babich and Turner, and given the upcoming schedule, bear fans can expect 4-5 wins for "09. This team is in need of a real GM, HC, OC, DC, a DB, LB, and definitely a QB. Without this the bears will go nowhere. They will tease fans early in the season and seem like a playoff contender, then they will fade into their real identity as playoff pretenders. Go Packers, Go Vikings, Go Lions. The bears are stuck on stupid. I hope they go 0-16 so Angelo and co. can be gone.

Breath Mike Breath. I don't think anyone is jumping on the Hot Rod bandwagon just yet. Fact is he was in Tampa before Rice got there and his only player was Sapp. He still managed to get a pass rush out of only 4 guys and had one of the best lines in football for years. Rice and Sapp both attest to him being a great coach on the Line. You cannot blame the guy for that mess in detroit even if he isn't a good head coach, that place is a disaster and that has little to do with him. I don't think he helped there problem and i think he was in way over his head. But still what power did he really have? Mike did you notice the turn around in the Chargers D after Rivera took over in November. Boy I bet that makes you feel good watching there defense improve, while ours gets worse every year.

Butch I get what you are saying and I know Rod is Lovie's guy, but Lovie is stubborn. He may pay Rod more and he may give Rod more power but Bobby B will be his DC if he has any say in the matter. This way one of them can be on the field and one of them can be in the botth and Bab's won't have to run all over the place trying to figure out were he should stand.

By chitownbear:

"Everyone if Rivera is so great why is it he still doesn't have a HEAD Coaching gig?????...How many coaches have been hired since he left the BEARS.....Just making a point, let's stop talking about how great he has been, our defense has went down due to age and underperformance, not scheme....last year everyone ran all over us, Babich adjusted to walking the LB's up to the line to help with the run and we got killed with slants by playing off receivers and tight ends running down the seam, then they adjusted to that and we get gashed with the run....Coaches are great to have but tell me how many of these other coaches would be grerat with out playmakers"

Chi that hole part about the LB's walking up to the line and opening up the middle of the field, that you just wrote. Well thats called a scheme and it was a bad idea cause it was also called selling out. Now I agree you need playmakers as well as a solid scheme. Look at special teams, there not starters but they are ranked as the 8th best unit in the NFL while the offense and defense were ranked 26th and 21st respectivly. There also the first Superbowl team not to make the playoffs in back to back years. So like I said we do need a scheme and better play calling, we also need better players. Tell me Chi were do we get these better players, like these other teams get? I hear there is this thing called the Draft that we can pick players from. It happens every year so we should have a ton of talent on this team. Unless of course we had a bad GM and a bad coach who were picking bad players. But we are the Bears so that can't be. Hey man you want to hear a funny? I heard of this one team that made there first pick in the draft last year a LT who needed back surgery. Hahahaha can you believe that. What kinda idiots do these teams have working for them? Sure glad they don't work for the Bears. And this is the part were we all cry. I think he wants a QB this year. Which ummm well what can I say? Good luck Angie or should I say Ahab and call me Ishmael.

Former assistants do NOT become NFL head coaches without exceptional results from the respective units they coached.

McCarthy, Childress, and Marinelli all came highly regarded the same year (2006).

Marinelli is good at what he does.

I think it would b an upgrade.

Go Bears.

There's no way that Lovie and Jerry are going to fire Babich. To me this is like a bunch of kids who believe that their bond is more important than the business, even though it is killing the business. I feel like I'm back at high school watching this mess unravel with complete amatures running the ship. They are probably laughing right now, remeniscing about the good-old days and how the will have a party after every game regardless of the win or loss. This GM, this coach and this staff are a joke and they claim to care about the game, when in reality they dont know squat. Deep inside I do want the Bears to win, but there's a part of me that wants them to hit a rock and lose like maranelli and maybe then the McCaskey's will be able to open up their eyes and pockets.

Speculation has offensive coordinator Ron Turner and defensive coordinator Bob Babich on the hot seat. Ron Turner, sure, Babich, highly doubt it. Toooooooo close of a friendship with Lovie. But hey at least maybe he can bring in a friend for the OC. Hahahahahah!

To: Alxzndro (do you really have that may consonants in your name?)

Re: to say I was disrespecting Lloyd Lee was a little out there...The reason I made a reference to his ethnicity was because I couldn't think of his name at the time and I wanted people to know who I was talking about..though, to my admission, I was a little too sarcastic.. as you may or may not have noticed I tried to use politically correct terms while referring to him and wasn't the Archie Bunker you think I am...Though, it's perfectly okay for African-American or Hispanic to refer to me as that white guy, while, they make sure everyone is politically correct about their ethnicity and ways to refer to them (this is an debate/argument for another day and possibly for Mary Mitchell)

.anyways, back to the Bears....the point I was trying to make, like I have in my other posts about some of their coaches, is they're 'nobodys' and aren't doing a very good job in coaching them up....these College of Coaches are in over their heads and it shows by their poor adjustments during games...

..teams figured out this 'prowl' defense the Bears used and were successful with against the Colts (who were starting two rookie lineman, including one at center...and they had a rusty Peyton Manning that didn't take one pre-season snap and only practiced 2-3 times before the game, if that)....but, the Bears continued to have Briggs and Urlacher out of place all season by making them sprint backwards and on angles while receivers were running full speed straight ahead and both 55 and 54 were always one step behind in their coverages and let's not get into the lack of pressure they provided up the middle on blitzes....or the endless slant routes receivers ran because the middle of the field was open and 54 and 55 provided little or no support.........a decent LB coach would have spoke up and mentioned this...Was LLOYD LEE afraid to do this because he didn't want to rock the boat?

..Where was the Bears adjustment to teams' offensive adjustments to them? hell, the Hamlin Park Lions would have adjusted

Phewwww!

What am I missing here? Angelo and Smith BOTH need to go! Lovie 'We Are Close' Smith is not enough for Chicago and Angelo needs to pick another sport. Go get Mike Shanahan and see the difference!

sgwhiteinfla: "Maybe some of you "football fans" didn't know this but Rod Marinelli was seen as THE preeminent Defensive Line coach in the league before he took the Lions job."

So the guy was SEEN as "THE preeminent Defensive Line coach" ... Now he is PROVEN to be the ONLY NFL coach in HISTORY to go 0-16. Maybe, just maybe, some of us "football fans" would get excited about hiring a guy with some recent history of success. What exactly did he teach say ...

Warren Sapp
- 12th overall pick
- Second-team All-American (1993)
- 2x First-team All-Big East (1993-1994)
- Consensus First-team All-American (1994)
- Lombardi Award (1994)
- Outland Trophy finalist (1994)
- Big East Defensive Player of the Year (1994)
- Defensive Player of the Year by Football Writers Association (1994)

and Simeon Rice?
- Big Ten conference leader in sacks for a career (44.5)
- 2x All-American (1994, 1995)
- Defensive rookie of the year for the ARIZONA CARDINALS (1996)

Just another boot licking yes man for Smith's stable. Crack is good. Evidence that all of Bears ownership and management continue to use on a daily basis! Go Bears!

Good point Creighton, you can call walking up the LB a scheme, but my point is that the team did not make enough plays on the field, when they were doing that if you recall they were stopping the run and forcing teams to beat them with the pass, early in the year we lost games (3 to the NFC south) that should have been wins because the defense did not make plays not that they were out schemed.....your point next......" Tell me Chi were do we get these better players, like these other teams get? I hear there is this thing called the Draft that we can pick players from. It happens every year so we should have a ton of talent on this team. Unless of course we had a bad GM and a bad coach who were picking bad players. But we are the Bears so that can't be. Hey man you want to hear a funny? I heard of this one team that made there first pick in the draft last year a LT who needed back surgery. Hahahaha"....another rag on Williams, the pick went sour due to the fact the kid had surgery, late in the year he got on the field, I recall you and I agreed saying we should have put him on IR, that turned out to be a wrong choice by both of us, its too early to say he can't play...out of the last draft these guys got on the field...Forte-Stud, Bennett-nothing, Harrison-quality and much upside, Steltz-special teamer, good role back-up, Bowman-saved a game, played hurt will be on roster next season, laRouque-solid special team player....yes we do get the players from the draft Creighton, Angelo's draft when you compare them to others in the division and the league are in te top half, only Titans, Pats, giants, and Pittburgh would be better from my point of view.....they need to identify the needs and target who they want much like they did in the last draft.....again those needs are Safety, Linebacker-Strongside unless we move Brian, Wide REceiver a must, and back-ups at QB, and in the o-line....Coaching yes will be looked at also, but we need better players on the field, our team will get old quick if we do not make this adjustment.....Creighton, Thanks for keeping a fan honest my man, we agree and disagree but I like your input...my suggestion is look at the glass half full rather than half empty, I was watching this team with coaching and talent evaluator staffs much worse than what we have now....Lovie and Angelo do have to get better but we have HAD much worse.......

Chicago fans have come to expect our defense to win games. When we we think of our defense we think of hard knosed smash you in the mouth, rip your limbs off defense we demand the "MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY".
Lovie's vision for the Bears was to have a dominant defense that would limit an opponent to 10 points or less. If you could do that you dont have to have a high powered offense. We knew we had a good defense and that philosephy fit with the fans.
Then a fan favored son of the Bears was hired in Ron Rivera. Ron did everything we hoped he would. He inspired his players and their respect of him was evident in their calibre of play on the field. We were treated to a defense that not only stopped and humiliated our opponents, but also scored points. For all his work and success Ron was humiliatingly let go by Lovie. Lovie decided it was time to promote Babich and let Ron go. The players may have been quite on the subject but their level of play has said all that needs to be said. In the last 2 years under Babich our defense could not have been any worse. It is obvious Babich does not have the respect and trust of his players and is unable to inspire anything but apathy from them. Chicago's defense has become a mediocre joke at best. In 2 short years Bob Babich has given us nothing but the "LOSERS ON THE LAWN".
If Ron can be fired after being so successful, then Babich needs to be run out of town on a rail today. If that doesn't happen now then it is time for Lovie to answer for his poor decisions and be let go as well.....

Think for a second about this one, two head coaches on one team with the same determination- and that is to do what? Beat the Packers! Im all for it if it improves our defensinsive unit. He will help out alot against the lions. The future is our we just need Tebow

"Smith is back for sure, and it appears his top lieutenants — offensive coordinator Ron Turner and defensive coordinator Bob Babich — are returning":BY BRAD BIGGS. So much for our hopes and dreams of change. As I said before, these guys are just a bunch of kids who believe in a sense of brotherhood rather than what it really is about: the fans.

FIRE BABICH

Rod Marinelli might help some, but the Bears' problems are deep-seated and a change of line coaches will not turn them into a Super Bowl Contender.

The first problem is that the Bears spend an inordinate amount of money on defense, yet had a below average defense the last two years. The only other team that spends as much proportionately on defense is Baltimore, which actually has a very good defense. If the Bears are going to spend that much money on defense, their defense must be at least top five in order for the team to succeed.

Second, the Bears spend too little on offense. While a top defense is the foundation of a championship team, totally ignoring the offense will only ruin the defense and cause the team to lose. I agree with emphasizing the defense, but the Bears go too far and need to commit some money to the offense, starting with the line and receivers.

Third, and more important, Lovie Smith is too conservative, causing him to have an attitude of playing not-to-lose instead of to win. This attitude permeates his schemes and his ideology of getting undersized players merely because they're quick. Because teams take on the personalities of their head coaches, the Bear players are playing back on their heels and timidly. Passive football never wins, aggressive football does. If you constantly play in fear of giving up big plays on defense or creating a negative big play on offense, you play too passively to win. This is the Bears in a nutshell under Lovie Smith. And undersized players get beat when confronting power teams that are bigger and stronger, as the Bears have when put in these situations. But even with all this, a little intestinal fortitude would cause a major improvement. For example, starting Chris Williams at tackle and moving John St. Clair to left guard would have been a major improvement in the offensive line. But god forbid Lovie Smith should ever do anything bold or out of the ordinary once in awhile.

Fourth, Jerry Angelo doesn't have a clue about offensive talent in college. The Bears need someone else to be responsible for analyzing college offensive talent, period. Or, fire Angelo altogether and hire someone who can do the entire job. The Bears have virtually no talent on offense because of both this and their refusal to spend any money on that side of the ball.

Fifth, and most important, the Bears have a mediocre organization at best, and it's the quality of the organization that determines whether a team is a consistent Super Bowl contender or just an occasional pretender. Good organizations can even weather a change in head coaches (see Pittsburgh) and still contend. And in good organizations, the vast majority of players are interchangeable parts; that is, losing even Pro Bowl players will not cause the team to go into a decline. The Bears, in stark contrast, have built a system based on great play from Tommie Harris, Brian Urlacher, and Mike Brown. None of these players is still capable of providing that level of play, so now the defense stinks, even with enough talent to be at least top ten and probably top five. A good organization would never have allowed a general manager and coaching staff to build a team that's based on great play by a few individuals.

The only solution here is to get new management, which almost certainly means new ownership. Mike McCaskey is nothing but corporate slime who cares more about money than winning and wouldn't know how to put together a winning NFL organization if his life depended on it. Somehow Bear fans need to bring pressure to change ownership of this team, or we'll be relegated to the same crap for the rest of our lives.

I see it this way let Jerry Angelo and Lovie do the same crap in 09 and we know defintely that Lovie will be gone and hopefully Jerry too. I only wished If some of our defensive players would stand up to Lovie and tell him what in the heck is going on I pray for that to happen but I dont see that happening anytime soon. It don't matter soon enough will be rebuilding the team again because Lovie doesnt have enough backbone too stand up to the men he has hired and his buddy's. I always thought that sometimes when your good friends with and you work with and your there superior to them that some things seem to get over looked and there not held accountable for what they do. But I think Lovie will Be another Dick jauron because he wouldn't part ways with John Shoop and Lovie won't stand up to Babich nor turner and that will cost him his job after the 09 season. Our Defense needs soild pass rusher to help the line and we need to replace parts of our offensive line because they are too slow and we need another Quarter Back . Everyone knows Kyle is not the solution for the bears for a Long term commitment he would be best used as a backup Quarterback if anything. Plus the crap I hear about he had little to work with is crap for one is he couldn't complete a pass for 30 yards plus until the season finale to Hester which was under thrown and hester had to come back for it. Orton Doesnt have a deep ball what is Lovie going to do devolp Kyle Orton to have a deep ball keep dreaming. I wouldn't mind having Kyle as our back up quarterback and nothing else but kyle had problems in the first half of the season passing his best throw which is under 20 yards. What are we going to do get some players from the draft again this year and find out they are previous injuryes from college and there worthless to us for 3/4 quarters of the season cmon. Or get and impact Wr and Kyle can't connect but the days are coming soon and the picture will be painted and the story will unfold. Go bears for 09.

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