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Players mindful of Smith's future, Cutler said

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said no one is immune from pressure this season. But, Cutler backed head coach Lovie Smith and noted that his future is on his mind.

"Lovie is one of the best coaches I've been around, and I know that everyone on this team has a great amount of respect for him as he does for us," Cutler said, adding that his coach treats players well. "I know that some of the guys who have been here longer than me definitely have a lot of ties with him and want to go out there for him and play well.

"You never know what's going to happen this year, if we don't go out and perform, if Lovie is to stay or not. So, that's definitely a question that - I'm sure - is in the back of everyone else's mind. But we can't worry about it. We have to play hard, and if we do that, everything else will take care of itself."

Cutler pulled up about 20 minutes ago, and he chatted with reporters for about five minutes.

Other highlights from him:

* On what he wants to see: "How much information everyone retained."

* Cutler said Mike Martz told him that they will continue to install more things to keep everyone "on their toes."

* On the mood of this training camp from last year: "I think everyone is a little more comfortable. A little bit older, a little bit more mature, offensively, and there's a little bit of a sense of urgency and a sense of excitement, on the offensive side of the ball."

* On the importance of training camp practices: "I got to take as many reps as I possibly can, with this group, and this offense, because that's what it's about. It's about seeing things. You're going to make mistakes, especially with this offense. It's just repetition, and seeing it over and over again. That's the name of the game."

* On if he has something to prove: "I think everyone does. I definitely do. I think this offense does, as a whole. It's a young group of guys. There's been some ups and downs. Some guys have been successful, some guys haven't been successful. Everyone should have a chip on their shoulder, which is a great thing. A sense of urgency to go out there and play well."

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The players do show that they want to keep Lovie as coach which is admirable. Maybe if he were such a good coach the Bears players would not have played at the mediocre level the last three years and in the process make stupid mistakes and penalties that cost them games.

My hope is that Lovie makes the metamorphosis and becomes the great coach that everyone wants, someone that makes the right choices and clearly leads the team, develops players, halftime adjustments etc. The last three years, that has not been the case and yes injuries have played a part but they do for every team in the NFL.

When it comes to crunch time and the Bears had a chance to get into the playoffs the last three years they lost, like the last game in Houston, like blowing games in San Francisco and both with Green Bay last year, like players getting stupid penalties at the end of games like Tampa in 2007 or getting kicked out of games like Cincinnati last year. Good coaches don't allow teams to perform like the Bears have performed for the last three years, good coaches would have made the playoffs at least two out of the last three years, not 0-3.

Lovie, a good person, well respected, yes he is but great or good coach, I think not, maybe it will happen and an epiphany will occur with Lovie.

To be fair I do like the moves he has made this year so far with the coaching staff and helping to get the right players, now lets see what he does with this team. I do believe they can go 10-6 if all goes well and the stars align.

It is probably playoffs or bust for Lovie & co. The key is gonna be the defense. I think the offense will put up some points. Your probably gonna see a lot of picks early on from Cutler, hopefully Cutler and his receivers can get in sync, thats gonna be key, but thats gonna take reps. Once they are in sync, this offense should score some points, I don't see that being a problem.

Like I said above, the defense will make or break Lovie in 2010. The key is gonna be that front four and how much pressure they are able to generate. Thats the whole bread and butter of the cover-2, without a pass rush, the scheme simply doesn't work. The hope is a guy like Julius Peppers from his defensive end position can bring that pressure from the edge unlike the last couple seasons. Don't get me wrong, I like Alex Brown as much as the next Bear fan, and I'm sure he's a great guy outside of football, but the fact of the matter was he simply couldn't get a consistent pass rush. I think Brown became expendable when Mark Anderson came in last season and proved he could play the run, Anderson isn't a pro-bowler by any means, but he has developed into a pretty complete end, and he's younger than Brown. Age probably had something to do with Chicago going with Anderson over Brown also. If Julius Peppers can come in and produce, Tommie Harris returns to form, and the Bears can get anything from Anderson, Idonije, Harrison and Wooton, you'll see the defense do just fine GO BEARS!!

I love my fellow Bears fans. I think we will go 10-6 this year. Relax everyone! The Bears will prove all the doubters wrong again. I say were going to make it to the playoffs and beyond. I think this team is way better than the 2005-06 team. We have some tough competition in the NFC North, but the Bears can do it.

By dahlillama on July 29, 2010 2:04 PM

"When it comes to crunch time and the Bears had a chance to get into the playoffs the last three years they lost, like the last game in Houston, like blowing games in San Francisco and both with Green Bay last year."

Dahli the nfl is a 16 game season, every game is crunch time. But they had no shot of making the playoffs in 2007. They won their last two games in 07 to get a 7-9 record but where eliminated by Washington before that. Last year they lost 8 out 12 games in the final 12 games. The Bears did not give anything away. You either win or you loose, stuff like giving away the game is just excuse. You might as well say the Seahawks and Steelers gave away their games. You knew last year they were not a good football team, not by the close games but by the blowouts. Any team can lose a close game, field position, coin flip, bad call, gust wind, a slip, poor kick, poor punt, bad play call, a pick, a great play by the other team. Any team can lose a close game at any time. No matter how good they are, thats football. Getting your face kicked in by the Bangles, Cards, Vikings and Ravens is not a good sign, loosing 8 out of 10 is even worse. Once you loose 8 games thats it, the season is over.

I have to go with dahlillama and disagree with you this time, Creighton. Yes, of course a loss is a loss, just as a win is a win, but the breaks of the game can certainly play havoc with overall win/loss records.Consider the last second field goals last year, some of which lost games even though the kicker had been totally accurate all year,and how the iffy kickers managed to come through when the consistent ones did not.Consider the tipped balls that led to interceptions and touchdowns or the ones that were tipped but ended up caught by another offensive player for a crucial first down. One could cite other examples a well,but the breaks of the game do indeed enter in. Does a solid team need breaks? Not as much as a mediocre on, but without a few of them, they could end up with a mediocre record.

Creighton: Good evening.

My point is this, Lovie has had decent talent to win the last three years, he has not won and he has not made the playoffs. His teams lacked discipline and motivation (too many penalties) lacked direction, lacked offensive and defensive consistency, lacked half time adjustments. Great coaches ensure the basics, ensure smart football, ensure the team is motivated and the game plan is solid and makes half time adjustments that make sense.

In 2007 the Bears lost 4 or 6 within the division, they were swept by the Lions, THE LIONS, they were swept by the Vikings and Favre was not the QB. They were leading the Giants in the third quarter and they folded, that is five losses which at worst should have been 2 more wins. They win two games they make the playoffs, they split within the division, they make the playoffs. The Bears were not prepared as champions should be prepared and they lost, that is the coach, Lovie did not get the job done in 2007.

In 2008 Bears finish 9-7 need a final game win against Houston, they choke, remember "Manning who do I cover moment". The fact is the Bears had two wins in the bag with Carolina and Tampa, only a few minutes left in each game and they lose the lead and the game in OT no less in Carilina, with Tampa a fourth quarter penalty for roughing fighing causes a loss in literally the last few minutes of the game. A disciplined team wins this game and does not get roughing and fighting penalty in the last minutes of the game that allows points. STUPID, STUPID, LOVIE is the coach Lovie needs to teach discipline. Atlanta Falcons, remember the last second field goal of over 50 yards due to a blunder on the kickoff squib kick and the coverage on the last second pass play that brought the team to field goal range. LOVIE, LOVIE, LOVIE.

They win one of 4 games they blow they make the playoffs and the fact is they BLEW all four games!!

2009

Game one blow the Green Bay game in the last few minutes blown coverage on bomb for TD, GB F....ing Packers win in last minutes of game. Swept by Packers, lose a win game in San Francisco with stupid turnovers in the red zone. Lets just say the coach has to assume responsibility for the team and they sucked. Win two of these games and they make the playoffs but no they blow games against both GB and SF in last seconds they should have won.

Creighton, the fact is it was not the talent that lost these games it was the coaching and development of players as my aforementioned comments attest.

What is the common denominator, Lovie Smith and a history of mediocre coaching, he is OK, he is average as a coach but he is certainly not a great coach. A great coach would have had the Bears in the playoffs at least 2 out of the last 3 years.

Bears 0-3 since Superbowl in making the playoffs.


By dahlillama on July 29, 2010 9:33 PM
Creighton: Good evening.

"My point is this, Lovie has had decent talent to win the last three years, he has not won and he has not made the playoffs. His teams lacked discipline and motivation (too many penalties) lacked direction, lacked offensive and defensive consistency, lacked half time adjustments. Great coaches ensure the basics, ensure smart football, ensure the team is motivated and the game plan is solid and makes half time adjustments that make sense."

I think you missed my point. I wasn't standing up for Lovie. Please its me. I just talking about this comment.

"My hope is that Lovie makes the metamorphosis and becomes the great coach that everyone wants, someone that makes the right choices and clearly leads the team, develops players, halftime adjustments etc. The last three years, that has not been the case and yes injuries have played a part but they do for every team in the NFL."

I don't think Lovie is a Power Ranger and about to Morph into Jeff Fisher. I just don't think they are a good team. Thats not just Lovie, thats also Angelo. Lovie lets his players kind of do what they want, he protects and covers for them. He has a big hand in trades and the draft. He tends to get what he wants. Look at the coaching staff. He is horrible at developing players, his defense is outdated, and he has no feel for in game coaching or the feel of the game period. Angelo is just plain bad at drafting. Plus he treats the fans like idiots. Half time adjustments??? Really dude there are mircles and then there is the Red Sea, this is Lovie it took him 5 years to flip his corners for the first time. According to him Tommie Harris had 16 almost sacks. I expect two things from Lovie, Lies and a Blank expression.

Maybe Fisher gets them in maybe not. All I am saying is its not the close games. Those are give and take in the NFL I can point out every team in the nfl last and find at least on close game they lost and one close game they won. But how many good teams can you find that got blownout 4 times or lost 8 of 10. I think they are a bad team because Lovie and Angelo have made them a bad team.

You think they are decent team but Lovie Makes them worse. True he does make them worse.

Either way we can agree Lovie is not a very good coach.

As for the Houston game in 08 of course I remember it. I was the one who said that game would decide the Bears season and that Houston was better than everyone thought. Then I asked who was going to cover Johnson. And Brando said and I quote "Manning" and thats when the whole blog hated me for most of a year because I said Manning was not a good safety and everyone thought it was breakout time for him. Oh and Kevin was still mad at me because of what happened to Williams, and we had the Benson incident, which I also predicted that training camp. Oh and that reciever that everyone thought would be a number one for the Bears but cut as well, the injury prone guy I forget his name. Oh and Metcalf got busted for roids or substance abuse or something and got cut, which I said would happen but I didn't think it would be for drugs. Oh hand lets not forget Brando K. Schrute first appeared and named himself Co-Blog manager. Oh oh oh and Remember when PackerBacker kept ending his posts with "BIG RICHARD!!!"? and none of us knew what that meant so I asked him if that was his husband and he got really mad. Hahahaha oh god I miss that punching bag.

2008 was a great year for me, everyone wanted to kill me before training camp ended and by the end of the year they wanted to kill more. Not that I ever rubbed anyones face in anything, cause I am an Angle you know. "BAN CREIGHTON!" Goodtimes man, goodtimes. And yes I did just write all that because I know someone will be reading it, and going insane.

This year is actually tougher for me, to many unkown quantities. I am gonna have to wait for some preseason games, to get an idea of what going on.

Every single opinion I see is based on the past and that's fine but I will take a wait and see approach about the future. Everything is speculation. It's like that every year. I remember a lot of fans thought that we would have a losing record in 2006 and most didn't come around at all. Even predicting that we wouldn't even make it thru the playoffs. After we did they kept up with the predictions of losing in the Super Bowl and got a chance in the end to say "ha, I told you so". Big deal when you predict losing. During any season you are bound to be right about every team losing but the last one standing at the podium talking about going to Disneyland. Predicting losing is a Chicago stable. It's the rampant negativity of fans for every team in this city. I hear it all day. Cubs will lose. Sox will lose. You think fans who predicted the Cubs would lose for a hundred years aren't saying "I told you so". The same fans who down the Sox today were the same ones who expected them to lose in 2005. They went in their bunkers and hid with Saddam after they won it all. Preseason is a slight barometer to what to expect. Guess who had a losing preseason a lot of times that didn't translate into losing teams. Ditka's teams did. I see 3-1 preseasons coming from 4-12 teams so that really isn't an indication either. I think we will be fine. There is enough determination and quality help to go around along with better talent than we lost after 2006.

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