The Chicago Bears continued a poor trend this week as they brought in former Minnesota Viking head coach Mike Tice to take over the offensive line coaching position.
This followed the Bears' hiring of Rod Marinelli last year to coach the defensive line.
I'm sorry, did I miss the part where the Bears decided that hiring failed head coaches from the NFC North was a good idea?
I mean seriously, who is next? Mike Martz is near the top of the offensive coordinator list. How about we tempt Steve Marriucci out of retirement?
Don't get me wrong, maybe Tice will be a better position coach than he was a head coach, but this is just getting ridiculous.
How do you expect to bring in a competent offensive coordinator when Lovie is looking at a make-or-break year PLUS the guy will not even have a say in who his position coaches will be. This equals disaster.
It also points to how useless Jerry Angelo and the rest of the front office really is. They go out there with a miserable hiring plan, they get turned down by a number of different coaches and to try to make up for it, end up hiring other random position coaches in hope that the fans will buy into their whole "We are trying to build a coaching unit from the ground up" philosophy.
What a crock.
Seriously, if next season is going to be a wash anyway, let's just go for broke and put together an epically bad offensive coaching unit.
So the offensive line coach has been taken by Mike Tice.
Quarterbacks coach: Ray Rhodes, big money to get the most from Jay Cutler as he did when he coached Brett Favre (he went 8-8 in his only season with the Packers, and that season was the only season in between 1992-2004 where the Pack did not have a winning record).
Tight end coach: Dennis Green because he knows the Bears are what he thought they were, and he can teach that.
Offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach: Sam Wyche. I realize that the Bucs are in the NFC South, but at that time Wyche was coach, they were apart of the NFC Central. Wyche rocked out to a 23-41 record with them and is currently the offensive coordinator for the Blue Flames of Pickens High School, South Carolina—sounds like just the man for the job.
Offensive assistant/assistant wide receivers coach: Marty Morningway. A brief blip in the long and depressing career of the Lions, Marty should fit right into the culture of mediocrity and really contribute nothing to the Bears offense.
AND FINALLY, at Offensive Coordinator....
That's right, why not bring back the old Bears O-coordinator to help with the "razzle-dazzle" style offense. I mean we fired Ron Turner once and then brought him back and fired him again, so this would totally fit into the Bears brain trust idea of progress.
But in all seriousness, after the Bears finish next season at 9-7 and miss the playoffs again, not only does Lovie Smith (and all of his coaching buddies except Dave Toub) need to go, but so does Jerry Angelo.
This offseason is a testament to his complete incompetence and the final straw in my book.