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Smith's grip on Bears job weakening?

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07:59 AM ET 07.25 | Lovie Smith has chosen to embrace the great expectations facing the Bears, who on offense have installed a new coordinator and added talent in the offseason. Fresh off his third NFC North title after the 2010 season, Smith signed an extension that would take him through the 2013 season. Considering Smith has led the Bears to only one playoff appearance in the last five years, it would seem that his hold on the position is weakening. Obviously, general manager Phil Emery doesn???t agree. "Well, I will say going into the job that I knew we had a fine football coach," Emery said. ... But can he create a Super Bowl title for the Bears? On paper, Emery and Smith admitted that expectations for this team are sky-high.

Chicago Sun-Times

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July 25, 2012  08:08 AM ET

And the annual "Lovie on the hot seat" threads begin...

July 25, 2012  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the annual "Lovie on the hot seat" threads begin...

Knew it would be soon...

July 25, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Wrapping up the division title by Week 13 should help his cause. Go Bears!

July 25, 2012  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the annual "Lovie on the hot seat" threads begin...

my thought exactly. same story..different year. <yawn>

July 25, 2012  08:12 AM ET

"Well, I will say going into the job that I knew we had a fine football coach"... Ringing endorsement. May as well have said, "A really fine football coach."

July 25, 2012  08:21 AM ET

So What else is new in Chicago?

July 25, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the annual "Lovie on the hot seat" threads begin...

Indeed!

July 25, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Improve the O-line, keep everyone healthy, and this could be a playoff team. Particularly if the judge won't give work release to Detroit's players.

July 25, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Improve the O-line, keep everyone healthy, and this could be a playoff team. Particularly if the judge won't give work release to Detroit's players.

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July 25, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wrapping up the division title by Week 13 should help his cause. Go Bears!

LOL...Good one!

This one is good, but not as side-splitting as yours...

A young brunette goes into the doctor's office and says that her body hurts wherever she touches it.

"Impossible," says the doctor. "Show me."

She takes her finger and pushes her elbow and screams in agony. She pushes her knee and screams, pushes her ankle and screams. Everywhere she touches makes her scream.

The doctor says, "You're not really a brunette, are you?"

She says, "No, I'm really a blonde".

"I thought so," he says. "You have a broken finger."

July 25, 2012  09:47 AM ET

Let there be light at the end of this season...........

July 25, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

She says, "No, I'm really a blonde".

A Blonde calls AAA. "Can you help me? I locked my keys in my car."

"Sure, we can send someone over in about a half an hour."

"Can you get here any faster? The top is down and it's starting to rain."

July 25, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the annual "Lovie on the hot seat" threads begin...

As sure as the swallows returning to Capistrano, the rumors of who's on the hot seat begins.

The problem is, much like the Bears, "Lovie on the hot seat" rumors breaks fast early, but then sort of falls back into the pack and disappears from true contention by the end of the season.

July 25, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

A Blonde calls AAA. "Can you help me? I locked my keys in my car.""Sure, we can send someone over in about a half an hour.""Can you get here any faster? The top is down and it's starting to rain."

ROTFL...another good one!

July 25, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the annual "Lovie on the hot seat" threads begin...

Well, he keeps putting himself there with statements like "all the pieces are in place" blah blah blah. As it is, with Cutler and Marshall, Forte and Bush in the backfield, a decent line (with some question marks) and an adequate, though aging defense, this season *is* pretty much going to be it for Lovie. He's made his bed.

July 25, 2012  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

ROTFL...another good one!

A Blonde goes on an airplane flight. She reads the safety information sheet, and her small brain gets into a loop. "Boeing....Boeing....Boeing...." she repeats, over and over, getting louder all the time. The passengers and flight attendants can't get her to shut up. Finally, the Captain comes to her seat and screams "Be silent!" She stops, and he returns to the flight deck.

Then, after interpreting his order, she begins, "'Oeing....'Oeing....'Oeing...."

July 25, 2012  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Well, he keeps putting himself there with statements like "all the pieces are in place" blah blah blah. As it is, with Cutler and Marshall, Forte and Bush in the backfield, a decent line (with some question marks) and an adequate, though aging defense, this season *is* pretty much going to be it for Lovie. He's made his bed.

The team was definitely a playoff squad until Forte and Cutler got hurt...he kinda got a raw deal last season but Im sure Bears fans dont wanna hear that

July 25, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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The team was definitely a playoff squad until Forte and Cutler got hurt...he kinda got a raw deal last season but Im sure Bears fans dont wanna hear that

Chicago is Bear's Town period. No team is under the microscope like the Bears and, unless the team wins, the fan's and their lackeys, the idiot press people, are out for blood any time of the year.

 
July 25, 2012  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And the annual "Lovie on the hot seat" threads begin...

Sounds like the Sun-Times is trying to stir something up so they will have something to write about.

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