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Ron Turner, You're Fired: Chicago Bears Seek Change

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 16: Head coach Ron Turner of Illinois yells at a referee after a pass interference call against a member of his defense during a game against Michigan at Memorial Stadium October 16, 2004 in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan defeated Illinois 30-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Christopher BremnerCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

The highly anticipated press conference at Halas Hall has confirmed the termination of offensive coordinator Ron Turner.  He and 5 others will take the fall for the team's lousy performance.

Fans across Bear Nation have been calling for change as of late, and although it's not all the change most would like, it’s a start.  Ron Turner has been coordinating an offense that has not ranked over 15th overall since beginning his second stint with the Chicago Bears.

Ron Turner left the Chicago Bears after working as the offensive coordinator from 1993-1996.  He then resigned to take the head coach position for the University of Illinois’ football program, where he compiled a 42-61 record.  After his termination there, Ron Turner was re-hired as the Bears’ offensive coordinator, where he has clearly continued to struggle as coach. 

With poor offensive personnel, Ron Turner has been handed pardons the past four seasons.  However, with a high caliber quarterback and former rookie of the year candidate at running back, there is really no excuse for the dismal performance that the Bears have displayed this past season.

Unfortunately for Bears fans, this is only a fraction of the problems that the 7-9 Chicago Bears face.  It looks like the organization will try and fix the offensive woes before they begin the defensive “repairs.”  However, Lovie Smith will still be in command of the 2010 Chicago Bears.

For Chicago’s sake, let’s hope that this is one of many changes the Bears will see this offseason.  There may be some magic that can be recaptured from the 2006 season, but it is dwindling fast.  All that can be said is that the Bears are never going to win with Ron Turner and are going to fail miserably once again with a (non) Cover-2 defense.   

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