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With Jack Del Rio Fired and More to Come, Chicago Bears Coaching Staff is Sitting Pretty: Fan’s Look
Despite Lovie Smith's overall success as head coach of the Chicago Bears in his eight years (70-53, three division titles, one conference title, two NFC Championship appearances), he and his coaches have consistently been on the proverbial "hot seat" that so many coaches find themselves on each and every year. Of course, the main reason is because in the NFL, winning is everything. If you don't win, you get fired.
There was talk last season that Lovie Smith and his staff were on the verge of being given the ol' heave-ho unless the Bears won. Well, a division title and a conference championship appearance was enough to keep everyone in town for at least another year. This season, with the Bears sitting at 7-4 and in the thick of what proves to be an exciting playoff race, for once, Lovie and co. aren't on the verge of joining the unemployed. It's kind of nice, really.
With the Jacksonville Jaguars announcing they have fired coach Jack Del Rio and the Indianapolis Colts firing their defensive coordinator Larry Coyer, the coaching carousel is officially spinning. My question is how much must your organization want you gone when they fire you when your team is 0-11 and is a disaster on both sides of the ball? I'm sure they have their reasons.
I have a roller coaster opinion of Lovie Smith. There is no doubt in my mind he is a man of high class and character and I appreciate having someone like that leading the team I cheer for. However, there have been times when I just don't understand his methods —or lack thereof. But going back to the point at the beginning of the article: winning is everything in this league. You're never going to win all the time, but generally speaking, a 70-53 record is getting the job done.
At the end of the day, I'm happy Lovie Smith is the coach of the Chicago Bears. And I'm happy he'll be around for at least one more year.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the National Football League throughout.
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