NFL  > General NFL  > Week 15...Packers vs. Bears...season on the line
December 12, 2012, 11:07 AM
Whoever thought that this offensive line was acceptable is very very scared for their job...

The Chicago Bears put a lot of value in beating the Green Bay Packers, which has not happened recently...If the Bears get blown out, there is no way Lovie survives, playoffs or not.

Phil Emery did not hire Lovie Smith, and every GM wants the coach he hired, since his future is also being tied to that coach....I hope the Bears win but if they have to lose, it needs to be by 30 points or more, to make the collapse complete.

Making the playoffs would still not save Lovie then.

Hopefully it works out one way or another...

Every high profile coach will be on notice as soon as the season ends, as there will be a record number of coaches fired...The Bears will have the chance to show the fan base that they are serious about winning, by grabbing a high profile coach, instead of a Coordinator to be the next coach...Actions speak louder than words.
December 12, 2012  11:49 AM ET

...there will be a record number of coaches fired...

Agreed....who is on your list?

Here's mine:

Norv Turner
Andy Reid
Ken Wisenhunt
Mike Mularkey
Rex Ryan
Romeo Crennel
Jason Garrett - because JJ is so fickle

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December 12, 2012  12:13 PM ET

Nice list...I actually agree with all of your picks.

December 12, 2012  12:54 PM ET

The Packers/Bears game should be a good game with the division title at stake. Both teams have numerous injuries but it should still be a typical physical confrontation between these two long time rivals. I'm hoping the Packers can beat them in their crib like they did two years ago. Go Packers!

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December 12, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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And I understand why Bears fans would want Lovie gone...But who out there would make a better option? Unless they're able to pull a rabbit out of their **** and get Saben or Gruden (unlikely), who's going to be the high profile retread...? And do you really want to go down that road?

Gruden or Cowher would be my personal preference but hard to tell as none of us know what Emery, Phillips and the McCaskeys would do.

December 12, 2012  01:26 PM ET
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Hopefully it works out one way or another...

It's that bittersweet scenario again, they win and Lovie may keep his job which I personally am ready for the Bears to move in another direction. On the other hand I don't want the Bears to lose and want to see them make the playoffs. I doubt if they do make the playoffs they very far as they've shown they can win against the teams they should but can't hang with the big dogs. Their last loss showed they might not even be able to run with the middle of the pack either. It's a Bittersweet Symphony for myself anyway.

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December 12, 2012  01:35 PM ET
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Gruden or Cowher would be my personal preference but hard to tell as none of us know what Emery, Phillips and the McCaskeys would do.

Bill Cowher would want complete authority over football operations and want more money than the McCaskeys would be willing to spend. Gruden ran the Bucs into the ground after inheriting a great team from Tony Dungy.

December 12, 2012  01:40 PM ET
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I forgot about Cowher...But would he be up for a bit of a rebuild? The defense is getting a bit long in the tooth and who knows if Cutler will be there after next season. That's not exactly enticing for any coach.

The Bears have depended on their great defense for over a decade and it is showing cracks in its armor. Cutler is talented but also prone to brain farts during crucial times in games. The GM needs to make better personnel decisions.

December 12, 2012  01:40 PM ET
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I forgot about Cowher...But would he be up for a bit of a rebuild? The defense is getting a bit long in the tooth and who knows if Cutler will be there after next season. That's not exactly enticing for any coach.

I'm sure Cowher would be up to putting his stamp on the team and although they do have some aging players there is still enough there to compete while bringing along some younger players IMO. I don't see a total rebuild but rather some mix/infusion of young and old.

Cutler's fate me be in the hands of the new coach if it came to that scenario, depending on whether the new coach wants to work with Cutler or pick/draft/develop their own. With the success of Luck,RG3, Wilson and Kaepernick I don't think a veteran coach would be as afraid to go with a rookie. I think the biggest hurdle would be building a better O-Line, one to provide either Cutler or a rookie a little time in the pocket.

December 12, 2012  01:45 PM ET
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Bill Cowher would want complete authority over football operations and want more money than the McCaskeys would be willing to spend. Gruden ran the Bucs into the ground after inheriting a great team from Tony Dungy.

Cowher has already said he doesn't want full control but rather some input into the draft which would be fine as Lovie has the same authority right now. Money also wouldn't be a problem currently Lovie is the 5th highest paid coach in the NFL.

According to Forbes Lovie Smith is 5th highest paid NFL coach making 6 Mill.

Bill Belichick.
Current Team: New England Patriots.
Annual Salary: $7.5 million.
Career Record: 175-97 (.643), Titles: 3.

Mike Shanahan.
Current Team: Washington Redskins.
Annual Salary: $7 million.
Career Record: 157-119 (.569), Titles: 2.

Jeff Fisher.
Current Team: St. Louis Rams.
Annual Salary: $7 million.
Career Record: 142-120 (.542), Titles: 0.

Pete Carroll.
Current Team: Seattle Seahawks.
Annual Salary: $7 million.
Career Record: 47-49 (.490), Titles: 0.

Lovie Smith.
Current Team: Chicago Bears.
Annual Salary: $6 million.
Career Record: 71-57 (.555), Titles: 0.

Forbes List - Highest Paid NFL Coaches 2012

In comparison to Lovie, worst season record was 5-11 in his first season, Playoff Percent: (.500)

Jon Gruden.
Career Record: 95-81 (.556), Title: 1.
Worst Record Finish: 4-12
Playoff Percent: (.556)

Bill Cowher.
Career Record: 149-90 (.571), Title: 1.
Worst Record Finish: 6-10.
Playoff Percent: (.571).

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December 12, 2012  01:58 PM ET
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And they've always collapsed like a dying star in the playoffs...Make the hire Chicago!

LOL.....yep, great coach but no titles to his credit in the NFL but he does have one in the UFL.

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December 12, 2012  02:07 PM ET
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Gruden ran the Bucs into the ground after inheriting a great team from Tony Dungy.

Does one pin what happened to the Bucs on Gruden or their GM?

"In an interview with Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune on March 28, 2007, Bucs executive vice president Joel Glazer discussed the state of the Bucs. During the interview, Joel Glazer defended Gruden's performance, citing lost draft picks, injuries, and salary cap issues."

 
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