5 Chicago Bears Coaches, Players Whose Jobs Are in Serious Question Right Now

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIDecember 16, 2012

5 Chicago Bears Coaches, Players Whose Jobs Are in Serious Question Right Now

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    Following the Chicago Bears' third consecutive loss, a 21-13 defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, jobs are clearly hanging in the balance.

    Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said as much in his postgame interview:

    Everyone on offense needs to be held accountable, even if it means jobs. There's no excuse. We still have two games left, there's still hope, but we need to be held accountable.

    So, whose jobs are the most at risk?

    Chicago has had numerous players and coaches that have performed under an acceptable level this season, but let's examine the five biggest question marks.

    Starting with the man entrusted to protect Jay Cutler's blind side.

5. J'Marcus Webb

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    J'Marcus Webb is a walking holding penalty.

    It seems if he is not letting defensive ends run around him, he is holding them until the referee has no choice but to throw a flag.

    There will be plenty of left tackles that the Bears can pursue this offseason (Brandon Albert, Sam Baker, Jermon Bushrod), and Chicago knows it needs to protect Jay Cutler.

    Webb's play this season has consistently raised questions about his long-term validity at the position.

4. Mike Tice

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    When an offense struggles, the first person everyone points the finger at is the quarterback.

    In this case, Jay Cutler is not the problem, so blame must be turned in another direction.

    Enter offensive coordinator Mike Tice.

    Tice's play-calling has been drawn into question frequently this season, and the fact that Chicago ranks 27th in passing yards shows a lack of excitement within the offense.

3. Matt Forte

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    Eight hundred and thirty-four yards and three touchdowns.

    Those are the amazingly mediocre stats that Matt Forte has posted this season.

    Yes, Forte now shares the backfield with Michael Bush, but that does not excuse the fact that he has fallen from the elite status that is expected of him.

    Forte has just two 100-yard rushing games all season, and his struggles are part of the reason Chicago has gone into a landslide over the last three weeks.

2. Kellen Davis

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    Where exactly has Kellen Davis been all season?

    Sure, he has been on the field, but he has really just been taking up space.

    The 6'7" 267-pound tight end has all the physical tools required to be a great possession target. Instead, he has just 17 receptions all season.

    Cutler needs a reliable option over the middle of the field to complement Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside.

    Davis has not even flashed the potential to be that guy this season. 

1. Lovie Smith

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    At times this season, the Bears have been accused of quitting during games. That is the type of act that can never be allowed to happen, and head coach Lovie Smith must be held responsible.

    Smith's contract extension talks with the Bears have ceased to exist, and he has failed to bring home a Super Bowl since taking over the job back in 2004.

    Starting a season 7-1 and falling apart this fast is going to turn heads, and Smith desperately needs to show signs of life in the last two weeks to reassure the notion that he is the right man for the job.

    As it stands, this team is getting away from him in a hurry.