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The Bears have missed the playoffs four of the last five seasons.
During this stretch, the direction of the Bears offense has been suspicious. This year, after a 7-1 start that masked offensive ineptitude, the Bears found themselves heartbroken when the Vikings upset Green Bay, thus eliminating Chicago.
Now, it’s important to note that a decision on the coaching staff should have been made before the Bears kicked off against Detroit yesterday. New general manager Phil Emery decision could not have been absolute, meaning Lovie's job shouldn't have hinged on making the playoffs or not. Say Minnesota loses, does that make the job done by this Chicago coaching staff that much better?
It doesn’t. People may see the 10-6 record and scratch their heads at the pressure to fire Lovie Smith, but anyone that has followed the Bears closely this year knows they have serious vulnerabilities.
Keeping Lovie Smith, like the 7-1 start, would have masked these problems.
Chicago’s offense has been broken all season, from the atrocious offensive line to the simplistic play-calling that forces Jay Cutler to wear a Superman outfit each and every week.
Now, Smith promoted Mike Tice to offensive coordinator. Alone, that is a fireable offense. Tice had never once called plays at the professional level, and each showed in painful detail in and every week.
Lovie Smith is known as a players coach. You won’t find a player in that locker room who will come out in favor of firing Smith, which makes the situation delicate.
Emery needs to do one of two things.
Either take away Smith’s power to hire his own staff—and sack Mike Tice and either promote Jeremy Bates to OC or hire a new, experienced play caller who has a succinct vision for this offense—or you fire Lovie and hire an entire new staff.