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09:38 AM ET 12.29 | There won't be a popular vote on coach Lovie Smith's future at Halas Hall. Insiders say it's strictly general manager Phil Emery's decision. But any change at the top would be in the face of passionate support for Smith throughout most of the building. Smith's loyalty to his coaches and his players is one of the hallmarks of his tenure with the Bears. It has kept his team together through difficult times. The Bears have faltered in key moments in his nine years as coach -- the team has made the playoffs three times under Smith -- but rarely, if ever, because of a fractured locker room. The players, not surprisingly, are staunch in their support of Smith. Brian Urlacher insulted Bears fans in defense of his coach. Lance Briggs all but said he is imploring the team to win Sunday against the Lions not only for Smith, but for the environment at Halas Hall that Smith has developed.

Chicago Sun Times

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December 29, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Nice guys don't generally bring home the hardware though!

December 29, 2012  09:58 AM ET

Bears players, assistants have Lovie Smith's back

So does the guy that sticks a knife in it.

December 29, 2012  10:04 AM ET

He's gone....count the days.

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December 29, 2012  10:05 AM ET

"Bears players, assistants have Lovie Smith's back"

It doesn't matter who's got his back. If they miss the post-season or do poorly in it, there will be fork prongs sticking out of it.

December 29, 2012  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nice guys don't generally bring home the hardware though!

Fans are tired of seeing a promising start (7-1 this year) turn to **** by Thanksgiving. He's way too sedate to instill that killer instinct into his players to close the deal. He be done! He gone!

December 29, 2012  10:19 AM ET

He needs to go. Bears fans are tired of his shtick - bring back Ditka ;)

December 29, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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He needs to go. Bears fans are tired of his shtick - bring back Ditka ;)

Ditka couldn't coach todays' players. He's too harda$$.

December 29, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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Fans are tired of seeing a promising start (7-1 this year) turn to **** by Thanksgiving. He's way too sedate to instill that killer instinct into his players to close the deal. He be done! He gone!

I have to agree, especially with the downturn after the 7-1 start. I won't completely fault Lovie, because some of the Bears' issues were connected to former-GM Jerry Angelo. However, there have been a few games (especially the recent Green Bay match-up) where the Bears didn't seem to be ready to play, with way too many penalties and mental errors keeping the game out of reach. Players should be held accountable for that kind of thing, but it's the coach's job to ensure the players are coached-up and ready to roll. I don't think it's happening the way it should be anymore. Maybe it is time for a change.

December 29, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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Lots of coaches jobs in question around here. Any line coach or coordinator the Bears are willing to replace Lovie with is not likely to do much better. Depends on who Emery's type of guy is

I was hopeful the Phil Emery would not be the second coming of Jerry Angelo. All he really needed to do was the shore up that O-line and I know I would have been happy. It didn't happen, so I'm not sure what to think.

December 29, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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He needs to go. Bears fans are tired of his shtick - bring back Ditka ;)

I'd be happy with a respected assistant coach like Mike Zimmer. He has a defensive background, which the Bears front office has eagerly pursued with every coach since the Ditka days.

December 29, 2012  11:01 AM ET

He needs to go!!!! I am sick and tired of the same ol same ol with this team. Start out 7-1, then wind up in the toilet!!! Bill Cowher would be an interesting prospect.

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December 29, 2012  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He needs to go!!!! I am sick and tired of the same ol same ol with this team. Start out 7-1, then wind up in the toilet!!! Bill Cowher would be an interesting prospect.

Cowher would be an interesting prospect, but he seems pretty happy in a TV studio on Sundays, and I don't think the McCaskey family would be willing to pay the salary he would likely demand.

December 29, 2012  11:57 AM ET
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Cowher would be an interesting prospect, but he seems pretty happy in a TV studio on Sundays, and I don't think the McCaskey family would be willing to pay the salary he would likely demand.

He's making seven figures working two days a week...pretty good gig. Not sure I'd trade that for 100 hour weeks, big time stress and hearing how bad you are every day. Again, he's got a pretty good gig. Don't see him or Gruden going anywhere.

December 29, 2012  12:03 PM ET

I'm sure if Lovie is fired, all the assistants will be cleared out as well. Might as well have his back .....cause where ever Lovie ends up, he'll be taking some of his guys with him.

December 29, 2012  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I'm sure if Lovie is fired, all the assistants will be cleared out as well. Might as well have his back .....cause where ever Lovie ends up, he'll be taking some of his guys with him.

That is part of Lovie's problem... it doesn't seem like he looks past his network of unemployed buddies when it comes to hiring assistants.

December 29, 2012  12:26 PM ET

Bears ownership is inept, the front office is inept...the coaches are inept...end of Bears story.

December 29, 2012  01:16 PM ET
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I was hopeful the Phil Emery would not be the second coming of Jerry Angelo. All he really needed to do was the shore up that O-line and I know I would have been happy. It didn't happen, so I'm not sure what to think.

His mistake was listening to Lovie Smith's recommendations about his O line. You can count that one as a rookie mistake. I'm sure he won't let it happen twice or .... he be gone too.

 
December 29, 2012  01:21 PM ET
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Maybe it is time for a change.

When your HC keeps making dumb decisions in crucial games and at crucial times, it is time.

He's a good guy but, I don't think Lovie has the capacity to become a better coach than he is. So, keeping him around would be more of the same.

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