In the brief sliver of time between the conclusion of the afternoon games and the launch of the weekly PFT live chat on Sunday Night Football Extra, here’s a quick follow up to the PFT story that Bob Costas mentioned in the last half hour on Football Night in America.
In Chicago, the fans and the media want coach Lovie Smith to be fired.
Charley Casserly of CBS said during The NFL Today that it’s not going to happen.
But Casserly didn’t say who told him that. He said that he spoke with “the Bears,” and that “the Bears” are “solidly behind our coach” and “100 percent committed” to him. Host James Brown then treated Casserly’s account as Mayan-calendar truth.
We disagree. Strongly. Unless Casserly got that information after plying Virginia McCaskey with peppermint schnapps and/or sodium pentothal, there’s no way that anyone should believe that Casserly got a straight answer by making a single phone call.
The reality is that, with seven games left in the season and, in theory, an opportunity for the team to turn it around, there’s no reason to undermine Smith. Instead, “the Bears” will see what happens the rest of the way, and then “the Bears” will make a decision.
And “the Bears” very well could decide that it’s time to hire a new coach.