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Lovie deflects questions about Charlie Weis to the Bears

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Lovie Smith reiterated that he has an offensive coordinator in Ron Turner when he was asked about the possibility of ousted Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis filling that role.

Neil Hayes reported today that Weis would have interest in the Bears' play-calling gig if it were to become available. As Mike Mulligan wrote last month when we shared the news that Mike Martz has told a league source he would like to work with Jay Cutler, that's what happens at this time of year. Coaches looking for work smell blood in the water and the rumor mill cranks up.

There's a good fit for Weis. His son Charlie Jr. could finish up high school in South Bend, Ind., next year. One of the first things a coordinator is going to look for is a quarterback, and the Bears have a former Pro Bowl performer in Jay Cutler. Weis certainly had success in New England with Tom Brady.

"You would like for me to comment on Charlie Weis, something that Charlie said?'' Smith said. "I can't comment on that. I don't know anything about that. We have an offensive coordinator in place right now. I can comment on that.''

Then, Smith was asked how Weis would do in a second tour in the league.

"No idea how he would do,'' he said. "He was a good coordinator back when he was in the NFL, that's about all can say.''

Smith declined to comment on the Martz report last month prior to the story coming out.

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They'll fire Turner and get Martz. And it won't work.

Man, everyday Lovie sounds more like Obama and Obama sounds more like Lovie! Lovie's "term" is up, NOW! Obamas is in 2012!! The Bears and the nation will be a much better place then. I didn't vote for Obama or Lovie!!!

If the Bears did replace Turner with Weis, would Weis then become our best free agent signing of 2010?

Rod Marinelli's impact has been so dramatic that we shouldn't question Lovie's eye for coaching talent.

I mean, look at the dramatic improvement of Ogunleye this year. Okay, well look at his dramatic improvement against teams with only one win or rookie right tackles. Ditto the vast improvement of Mark Anderson.

Lovie Rules... and we will go from there.

Somebody said it earlier, there's a wealth of good free agent coaching andGM talent available this off season; ergo, the BEARS will refrain from making any major move until next year. When all the good ones are snatched up.

They might change O coordinators though. And Charlie Weiss or Mike Martz, both have just enough success to create a buzz, and just enough failure to come in here and have zero impact. So thats what will happen.

Whats the over-under on the number of 'saftey' changes next year; I'm guessing its like 12.

I agree with what Don says. Firing Turner will be the Bears solution to the problems this year, Martz will be the only one desparate to join a lame duck coaching staff, and the Bears will pass 60 times a game and run 1 time (probably a qb draw) next season.

Tripper, please visit the other boards for politics. Focus on the Bears - nobody cares about your political views. I absolutely hate it when right wingers and left wingers feel obligated to turn every little thing into their own political show.

"Tripper" thank you for not voting for Obama, he didn't need your vote to win, and as for Lovie, he's a good coach with a big heart to stick with a bad coach like Ron Turner who was hired by Jerry Angelo not Lovie. So if the Bears fire Ron Turner and hire Wies then we can see what the Bears can really do.
Go Obama!!!!! Go Bears!!!!!

P.S. Keep your vote Tripper and he still going to win. Bush lover for 8 years.

Charlie would be a good fit for Lovie because he would not threaten Lovies job.You never want to hire your future replacement.

Of course Lovie wants Martz, they are buddies and Martz is no threat to Lovie. I say fire Turmer and bring in Charlie. Better fire the whole staff to include front office and get Mike Shanahan or Bill Cower in here.

You know Lovie, Angelo and the Bears organization as a whole really does Love the fans. After all who other than your girlfriend or wife is willing to give you this many stroke jobs. Just wait till the offseason Pep and Heistand will be gone and the Bears will talk about "Being on the cusp" or "we are close" "this team has the talent" "Lovie and Angelo are winners" blah blah blah. Then when the big name free agents are on the market that old Angelo will be like "Well I know the fans want us to break into those big CD's but we feel we have the talent already in place HA HA HA, Good times"

We just hired Lovie's brother, Cuddly Smith to be the new offensive line coach, Lovie's friends all say he is the best line coach ever. "So trust us, have we ever let you down in the last 10 seconds?"

Sorry starvin Marvin but you have no clue about football if you think Lovie is a good coach. His defense which he is the coordinator for is one of the worst in football according to Aikman stats which is what Lovie himself goes by. Then again its bad according to everyone but you. His defense hasn't generated a pass rush in 3 years, thats all on Lovie. His players love his system, though, which includes a very easy training camp, and no accountability. He is so great that he can't figure out how to get to the QB with 9 guys on a blitz. What a great coach. Whts even better is he talks up and hires his friends. Like Bob Babich who he promoted but then he had to demote. Or Rod his bff who has done nothing to help the line in fact its actually a little worse. Or how about challenges, time managment, or even in the Rmas game with 66 seconds left in the half in a close game, Lovie decides not to go for it. Brilliant. The only guy who likes Lovie is are his friends and Gruden. Then again have you heard Gruden say once this year that he dislikes anyone?

Boys its a football blog, don't go messing up good old football jibber jabbing with nasty, dirty smelly politics. Their is a political blog right here at this site take it their if you want to hammer eachother. The fact that anyone even fights over politicians shocks me. Thats like fighting over which poison you want to inject into your body.

To steal a line from Brewster's Millions, NONE OF THE ABOVE!!! I don't want Martz, I don't want Charlie Weis, and I don't want Lovie...

I think Weis is over-rated as an offensive coordinator. New England's only high octane offensive years were when McDaniels was the OC. Weis had already gone to ND, and proceeded to believe his own hype so much he believed he was the reason Belichick was successful. They had a very diverse offense, but Tom Brady was an excellent steward for the offense, the running game of Corey Dillon was there for balance, and that offensive line was effective in keeping Brady clean. He has a solid system, but I don't think he can take a back seat to anyone at this point, especially not someone like Lovie who obviously doesn't have his level of genius (or at least in his own mind)

Martz has even less of a chance to succeed here. His offense is predicated on pre-snap reads, precise routes run with separation, and minimum protection. We are 0 for 3 on that offense here. Our receivers can't run the correct routes, they rarely get separation, and our offensive line couldn't protect a QB in an armored truck! He could work with Lovie, but Cutler couldn't, and these receivers would all have to be scrapped and replaced. We don't have the draft picks or the cash flow to do that.

I think we will need to look for a new talent, or perhaps a guy like Jeff Jagodzinski. One thing is certain....Pep Hamilton should not be allowed near another professional QB. Maybe Jeremy Bates is the way to go. ESPN was mentioning him tonight, and I had forgotten about him, but at least we know he and Cutler can work together. That is a starting point we do not have today....

I think Weiss would be a great offensive coordinator for the Bears.

It would be too smart of a move to make for the Bears, but hey if they do, then Bring Golden Tate with ya Charlie!!

oh boy, FCP is dead....well..

I had Bears taking Jamar Williams in the third round in my mock...

Lovie aint going anywhere...that kills the/my 3-4 defense dream

The OLine really is 'that' bad...and still can't believe Mendenhall is in Pittsburgh

and Charlie Weiss is a Bears type hiring....he does look better sitting down...I'll give him that much

Tripper:

The website I believe you are looking for is foxnoise.com. Sorry Obama doesn't sound like your Maverick icons of Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Bachman, etc. who believe that Hawaii is not apart of the U.S. And that Africa is a country. You guys lost, get over it! (Lovie, by the way, sounds more like our genius ex-president Bush rather than Obama)And as for 2012: who's your parties leader? Your party is split between the neocons and the exhiled reps who are tooooooooo afraid to stand up against the listed above. So once again, the website you are on, my friend, is about sports. If you wish to resume this presidential Bashing, there are plenty of websites to do it on. This here is for Lovie bashing.

Now as for Lovie: He needs to realize that we do not have a successful team under his coaching. He came into Chicago with the goal of defeating GB. Well has anybody seen the Pack as of late? They don't appear do be joking. Unlike us, who quite frankly are the joke, next week we will most likely get our butts handed to us on a golden platter with diamonds studded all around it.

Oh my gawd! The idiocy that went into the article is beyond the pale!

By all means, hire Charlie Weis BECAUSE HIS FRRRRREAKIN KID COULD FINISH HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTH BEND!!!!! THAT's just what the Bears offense needs!!!


But my favorite is: "Weis certainly had success in New England with Tom Brady." Excuse me, but who was the QB coach in New England, Charlie Weis? No, some guy who Bears' fans lined up to take shots at in April when he decided he'd rather NOT work with Jay Cutler and stole Chicago's future for Kyle Orton.


I've been a Bears fan for 41 years but this is the first year I have actually watched games hoping they'd lose -- because they DESERVE it!

The funniest part of this entire article is when Lovie Smith said,"We have an offensive coordinator in place right now."

Really Lovie? you call Ron Turner an Offensive Coordinator?? where on Earth have you been? He is just about as good an OC as you are a HC. You mule.

Dan in CT --

In Lovie-land, Turner is considered an offensive coordinator. Then again, Lovie is considered a head coach and a defensive coordinator. Angelo is considered a GM and the McCaskeys are considered owners.

All of them pass the time trying to stay in between the lines with their crayons.

They also have nap time where each of them unfurls their respective NFL licensed Bears sleep mat to catch 40 winks.

Rumor has it that Angelo and Lovie got into it last week because Angelo crossed the imaginary line that Lovie had drawn around his sleep mat.

Chaos ensued.

Btw, how happy do you think Kyle Orton is to be out of this mess?

There's a good fit for Weis. His son Charlie Jr. could finish up high school in South Bend, Ind., next year. One of the first things a coordinator is going to look for is a quarterback, and the Bears have a former Pro Bowl performer in Jay Cutler. Weis certainly had success in New England with Tom Brady.

"You would like for
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Then, Smith was asked how Weis would do in a second tour in the league.

"No idea how he would do,''
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Go Bears!

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