I don’t think Lovie Smith is living in any type of real world. I have linked to his post-game commentary, and find it hard to believe. I find it hard to believe he is still coaching the Bears; it is time for him to go.
Coach Smith says that despite the fact the Bears turned the ball over five times in their first five possessions of the second half, they still “got themselves in a position to win the game.” The Bears didn’t get themselves into a position to do anything. A more accurate statement would be that, despite their actions, they were not out of the ballgame.
Smith talks as though the Bears had a game plan that was working. Hardly.
I have some questions for Coach Smith.
Why is the ball not being pitched out to a back to avoid the center of the defensive line? Why is there no thought to use Caleb Hanie?
What the Bears have to do right now is reflect on some change. They continuously drop back in a seven-step mode to pass the ball. This is what is done, despite the fact that the offensive line has proved time and time again they cannot protect the quarterback. They must go to a different type of ballgame.
Let me just suggest that we run our backs around end. How about using our blazing-fast receivers on reverses? How about the use of Hanie in “Wildcat” formations? I have seen other teams do it when they had offense problems.
We did do a few little flip passes with three-step drops and, lo-and-behold, it worked! How about quick-kicks? How about letting Robbie Gould try 80-yard field goals? Does this all seem like lunacy? It isn’t any worse than what I saw on Sunday.
The fact of the matter is, if you keep doing the same thing over week after week and expecting different results, that can be considered insanity.
I would have more respect right now if Lovie Smith got up in front of a post-game microphone and said that the Bears could no longer compete professionally; at least there would be some reality there.
If you are a Bears fan, do you remember when Smith couldn’t admit Rex Grossman couldn’t play a consistently effective quarterback? He kept sticking with him week after week.
Losing coaches can’t admit changes need to be made.
I can think of one change the Bears need to make as soon as possible.
Chicago Bears’ Website, “Video-Smith Postgame”