... Whether we like it or not.
After this weekend's latest embarrassment in Soldier Field to Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals (who were coming off a bad loss to the Panthers last week, in which Warner threw five interceptions) the Bears have cemented themselves as a team that opposing offenses are salivating to play.
Warner made amends for his pitiful display against the Panthers by tossing five touchdowns versus the Bears, including four in the first half.
This, coupled with an eerily similar display several weeks ago when Carson Palmer carved up the defense like they were a turkey, has brought heavy criticism down on head coach and defensive play caller Lovie Smith and more than one thinking it is time to part ways with the Lovemistro.
The reasons that Lovie should be let go come the end of the year are aplenty;
- He has made poor personnel decisions since becoming head coach.
- The defense has gotten progressively worse since their trip to the Super Bowl in 2006, in which he was not the defensive play caller.
- Lovie let go the previous defensive coordinator, Ron Rivera, because they did not see eye to eye and brought in his good buddy, Bob Babich... who has since been relegated to linebackers coach.
- The offense finally has a legitimate player under center but can't get any rhythm going when the defense consistently allows 10 play drives that eats up large amounts of clock.
However, despite these two AWFUL losses, and the ones that are simply destined to come with the Eagles, Vikings (twice) and Packers all left on the schedule, Lovie Smith will still be the head coach in 2010.
Following the Super Bowl run, the Bears extended Lovie's contract through the 2011 season. With two more years and more than $10 million left on his contract, neither G.M. Jerry Angelo nor team president Ted Phillips will be willing to eat that money in favor of another coach.
Angelo will give Lovie at least one more season to try and right the ship because in the end, it is all about the money.
Do I want Bill Cowher or Leslie Frazier or Mike Shanahan instead of Lovie? Oh yes, please.
I believe Cowher or Frazier would be the best fits since our defense seems to be the main problem right now. Although, I am interested in a new offensive coordinator if we could because Ron Turner is about as useless as Babich.
But it is all for not. With an organization that always tries to get the most for their money, you better believe the Bears will keep Lovie Smith for the 2010 season...
Which of course means another year of frustration and another year or mediocrity...
Bear down... It is going to be a loooong season.