By Eric Schmidt

The Chicago Bears once again find themselves in a late season free fall. Chicago started the season 7-3 in 2011 and missed the playoffs. This season, the Bears started 7-1 but have now lost four of their last five games. Yes, injuries have played a role again this season, but the pattern of late season collapses has become disturbing, especially with the possibility of the Bears missing post-season play once again. If the Chicago Bears miss the playoffs this season, should head coach Lovie Smith be fired?

Last season, the Bears decided to switch up offensive coordinators. Mike Martz was allowed to leave while the team brought in Mike Tice to assume the role. The Bears traded for a deep threat, legitimate number one wide receiver. The club reunited QB Jay Cutler with his former teammate, Brandon Marshall. Jason Campbell was brought in as the new backup for Cutler. The team added free agent RB Michael Bush.Finally, there were supposed to be offensive weapons for Jay Cutler, other than just RB Matt Forte.

However, the team did little to address the greatest need the Bears have had in the last two seasons, the offensive line.

With the loss on Sunday, the Bears have now lost five consecutive games in December, dating back to the day after Christmas in 2010. At what point do the late season collapses fall on the shoulders of the head coach?

Lovie Smith took the 2006 Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI, losing to the Indianapolis Colts. Since their Super Bowl appearance, the Bears have won the division just once, and have played just two playoffs games. Since 2006, Smith has compiled an overall record of 50-43 to this point.

The Indianapolis Colts have won 9 games with a rookie quarterback this season. The Seattle Seahawks won just their second road game of the season against Chicago, playing a rookie quarterback under center. This year was supposed to be different for the Bears. Chicago was supposed to stake their claim for the NFC North title and now, there is talk of scrambling just to land the last wildcard seed.

Even if the Bears manage to advance into the playoffs but make an early exit, is that going to be enough to secure Smith’s job going forward? The Bears hired a new general manager this season and if the only part of the front office and coaching staff that hasn’t been changed is Smith, while repeating the pattern of behavior, something must change.

Perhaps the time has come for someone else to patrol the sidelines for the Bears in 2013.

 

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  1. avatar Toisi Rems

    This is a definite!!!! Lovie Smith hasn’t done anything beneficial for the program in the past 2 seasons and losing 4 out of the 5 last games sends a message that he hasn’t done anything to keep his job in the future.

     
  2. avatar Thompson Way

    The sad fact is that the Bears are a B team. This year and last year, the Bears got out coached in games. Sometimes, players talent cannot make up for a bad game plan. I love Lovie, but it is time to move on. If we can find a better Leader. If there is no proven leader on the short list, then give him another year.

     
    • avatar Ed

      Smith is a cheesecake coach. Should NEVER have signed him in the first place.

       
  3. avatar calmwater70

    Lovie wants to stand by his win loss record.OK whats his win loss record against teams with a winning record.Let me tell you
    teams below .500 49-15
    teams at .500 11-8
    teams above .500 19-38
    Thats what lovie needs to lQQk at when he speaks of his winning record.This is a case where i agree with Hawk Harelson
    HE GONE

     
  4. avatar tim mitchell

    NICE JOB LOVIE NOT GOOD ENOUGH GRUDEN,COWHER OR DITKA IN THAT ORDER.IF NOT IN CHICAGO AT LEAST SOMEWHERE.GRUDEN AND COWHER BOTH ARE GREAT PLAYERS COACHES.IT WOULD BE LIKE THE STONES WITHOUT MICK THE NFL MOVES ON BUT JUST IS NOT THE SAME.OLD SCHOOL COACHES ARE HARDER AND HARDER TO COME BY.DITKA WAS JUST PUT ON LIST FOR FUN S.B. CHAMPS I WILL NEVER FOR FORGET THANKS COACH.

     
  5. avatar Ed

    My pick would be Cowher for any price. But I think he likes “the booth” too much now.

     

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