I like the talent in Marshall and what he brings. Hopefully he won't bring the baggage he has at his other stops.
Any thoughts on the move now that the bar incident came out. I wonder if the Bears really knew about it before they made the trade, and if the comment Emery made that both teams knew about it was to cover his ass. Any thoughts?
Thanks Jim for your thoughtful comments. I appreciate them and understand what you're saying. It was kind of a rehash of some of my thoughts on Smith based on his press conference last week. What really ticked me off was his excuse making, when so many others overcame so much more than him.
Your ideas are good, and I agree the odds are they will make defense a priority. I thought that all-along. I just didn't plan on doing that in this article. It was just more my reaction to him.
I have written before that he has never been any good at player development, and pretty much not at anything other than getting the players to like him. He has a lot more say in what has happnened in the past with the Bears than most of the people who read this site realize. Angelo gets the blame, but he was doing Lovie's calling.
I just didn't want to go over things I already said about him in this article. I will take into consideration for your suggestions after the draft as you mentioned. Especially if it appears the picks were the type of guys Lovie wanted, while ignoring the offense for the most part, as usual.
It wasn't my best work, but who can live up to my reputation? It's hard sometimes.
I just wrote an article on the state of the Bears according to Lovie Smith and my thoughts on that. I would love to hear yours. Thanks.
Thanks for the suggestion Jim. Might write it in the future. I have a few things going on now, so I don't have the research time. I need to write things that I can pretty much do from my head.
Probably a story there. Are you going to write it?
The Bears still don't understand that, but that's because the people they have working there are not up to date football-wise. They live in the past, and I really don't have any idea of what Lovie Smith knows about football. I think it's less than most of the people writing on this site. I think he uses his arrogance to disguise his lack of knowledge about the game.
Who did you get in a fight with?
Supposedly the McCaskey's spend money, just not wisely.
I'll possibly look into that, though my focus is probably on a story about change within the Bears, and the only real way that will happen. It's probably going to be coming soon. It depends on who the Bears hire as their GM.
Thanks Jim, I really appreciate your nice comment about my writing. Writing is my passion, and I appreciate when others like you enjoy it.
As for your breakdown, I think you did a really good job. I think you are spot-on with your observations on the McCaskeys. My only fault with it is I think you're off by $5 million or so on Angelo. He didn't have $10 million coming, but Lovie did, which might explain why he's still there. Why they ever extended him after the extremely lucky season the Bears had in 2010, I'll never know. They did the same thing after the Super Bowl when he still had a year left and paid for it then, and they're paying for it now. It seems like they never learn from their past mistakes.
Nothing is going to change until Virginia is no longer there. I think then there is a good chance they will have to sell the team because of inheritance taxes. I will probably write something on that soon. It depends on who they hire for GM whether I write that now or in the future.
If you would like an honest and realistic view of the Chicago Bears future, check out what I just wrote. I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks.
Check out my article on Lovie Smith and my thoughts on what kind of a job he has done as the head coach of the Bears. I would love to hear your thoughts.