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Bears deny report of interest in new coach, G.M.

Despite a widespread belief that the Chicago Bears won’t fire coach Lovie Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo because to do so would require a buyout of their contracts, Hub Arkush of WSCR radio in Chicago said Tuesday that inquiries have been made in connection with a possible change.

“Inquiries have been made, feelers have been put out,” Arkush said on the air.

The Bears say there’s “absolutely no truth” to report.  But what else would they say?  “You got us.  We’re thinking about cleaning house.  We tried to be discreet but since someone has caught wind of it we should just go ahead and admit it.”

Besides, there’s a chance that the “team source” who denied the report isn’t in the loop on this one.

Angelo arrived on the job in 2001, hired late in the offseason after a lengthy dog-and-pony process that was directed by a consultant hired at the suggestion of the league office.  The former Bucs exec fired coach Dick Jauron after the 2003 season, hiring Smith, who had also previously worked in Tampa.

The Bears entered the season with high expectations, given the decision to swing a trade for Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.  At 4-6 and with Cutler playing poorly, either the coaching staff has failed to use him properly, or the front office should have realized that he isn’t very good.

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32 Responses to “Bears deny report of interest in new coach, G.M.”
  1. Howie Handles says: Nov 25, 2009 1:23 AM

    Sadly, the Bears will do nothing. They’re too miserly to eat the monies owed the Lovie and Jerry show.

  2. isuhuskie says: Nov 25, 2009 1:28 AM

    I think one more blow-out where they look beyond incompetent could seal their fate. That game could be Minnesota this week.
    Cutler has made some mistakes… I don’t think anyone can deny some of this is not his fault. But when your best WR is Devin Hester, your RB is averaging under 3.5 ypc and your O-Line on a good day is suspect… What could they really have expected?
    On how many good teams is Hester not even the #3 WR?

  3. Sourdough says: Nov 25, 2009 1:31 AM

    It isn’t the coaching staff….everything Cutler touches turns to poo.

  4. Garbanzo says: Nov 25, 2009 2:03 AM

    Hub Arkush is a guy who was fired from the Bears in the early 90s and is a known enemy of Mike McCaskey, the man with the real power behind the Bears. How in the hell would he get any real information considering any contacts he had would be over 15 years old and the fact he has a black name within the organization? I don’t believe this for a second and like most Hub Arkush predictions (like Devin Hester being a #4 receiver at the most) this one will make meathead Bears fans get up in arms behind him and make the realist Bears fans scratch their heads.

  5. cvh2009 says: Nov 25, 2009 2:45 AM

    As sad as it is, they were better with Juaron. I think one season they were 13-3 in 2001. Which is surprising because the Vikes and Pack were fairly srong. The Bears are awful, leading rusher only 516 yards and an int prone qb, without a true receiver to throw to. It’s really a wonder that they have won a game.

  6. Raider Pride says: Nov 25, 2009 2:48 AM

    How on earth can one fire someone named “Lovie”
    It is just not right.
    That would be like The Professor, Mary-Ann, Ginger, Gilligan and the Skipper, whacking “Lovie” after a swim in the lagoon.
    Thurston Howell III should be hired as GM, and he should keep “Lovie” as the coach.

  7. SATAN says: Nov 25, 2009 3:03 AM

    If you want to make Cutler good fire Lovie, hire Shannie

  8. Igottz5onit says: Nov 25, 2009 3:12 AM

    They SHOULD express interest in a new quarterback.

  9. 1dayforBills says: Nov 25, 2009 3:38 AM

    Cutler looks the same, he’s doing the things he has always been doing in Denver, throwing with reckless abandon, his targets and offensive gamplans/playcalling are just much worse in the Chi than what they were in Denver.
    hopefully Cutler can take that dumbass look off of his face and play within the strengths of his new offense. You must understand that when you throw the ball over the middle to Devin Hester, he is not Brandon Marshall.

  10. Bearfan54 says: Nov 25, 2009 5:32 AM

    I would be pleasantly surprised if this report is genuine. There are some good coaches available but it’s going to require a little more spending on the Bears part to buy out a contract or two. Let’s get Virginia a ring before she passes away.

  11. DMCD says: Nov 25, 2009 6:16 AM

    The problem isn’t the GM, HC or QB…its the OC, the guy calling plays that don’t work…the guy coaching the weakest part of the team, not because of lack of talent, but because of lack of rhythm and execution on a OFFENSIVE level. Cutler has proven that with the right system, HE makes players better..(Eddie Royal who? Marshall’s #s?) Granted, the offensive line was looked at in the offseason as being UPgraded..dosn’t look that way. Cutler has no time to pass, and Forte can’t find a hole to get a inch-
    Get rid of Turner, shake up the O-line…and Lovie, please get FIRED UP!

  12. Florio-is-a-tool says: Nov 25, 2009 6:54 AM

    Bus Cook smells an opportunity for Cutler to get another contract.

  13. doric44 says: Nov 25, 2009 8:09 AM

    he is not very good the bears can have trent edwards

  14. bearsrule says: Nov 25, 2009 8:11 AM

    When in doubt, NEVER believe the Bears. Hub Arkush is a much more credible than the Bears. I believe this report 100%. Lovie is under contract thru next year. The team almost has to lie.

  15. Emoney says: Nov 25, 2009 8:22 AM

    Its amazing how quickly Lovie has fallen off. A few years ago, Bears fans loved this guy. He took you guys to the Super Bowl, accomplished his #1 goal of beating the Packers his first couple of years, yet now he’s being ran out of town.
    The NFL is definitely the “what have you done for me lately league”.

  16. Krow says: Nov 25, 2009 8:27 AM

    Cutler needs to either take his helmet off or put it on all the way. That “perched on top of his head” bit makes him look retarded.

  17. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Nov 25, 2009 8:52 AM

    everybody is jumping ugly with cutler.i ask,who are his recievers,nary a nfl quality one among them.the running game is horrible,the offensive line acts like a revolving door,aside from these problems,everythings great.right jerry?

  18. CYGNUS X-1 says: Nov 25, 2009 8:59 AM

    if Jay Cutler is just not very good then why all the outrage in denver when he got traded?you got plenty in return so why so hostile?the fact is he was a young all pro qb until he the bears got ahold of him.again with ron turner calling the plays he and any other qb has no chance there.he along with we get off the bus running lovie have no clue how to run an nfl offense.hester may not br a true #1 but he is not as awful as people are making him out to be.when your main play is a wide reciever screen and you have 9 guys waiting for you every time you catch it you would not look very good either.here is the bears play calling in a nutshell. hand off up the middle for no gain twice in a row then the bubble screen to hester for 3-5 yards then punt. if they are lucky ro be wthin 5 yds. of a first down then by all means call a play that will get you 3-4 yards on 3rd. so yea while cutler looks lost and has played lousy the blame is on the coaches.one can only hope ths report is true and can’t come soon enough

  19. bearsrule says: Nov 25, 2009 9:00 AM

    # Krow says: November 25, 2009 8:27 AM
    Cutler needs to either take his helmet off or put it on all the way. That “perched on top of his head” bit makes him look retarded.
    Which is different than your everyday” walking around looking like some dope called Krow ” retarded.

  20. gopher says: Nov 25, 2009 9:08 AM

    I really do not understand the big fuss over Mike Shanahan, yes he won two Super Bowls with Elway but what has he done since then? He had control of everything and did not do much. Yes, he drafted Cutler but they still did not win much and Cutler is suppose to be the franchise qb but he is still a five hundred win loss qb and maybe worse this year.

  21. jd says: Nov 25, 2009 9:15 AM

    ’05 – ’06 Bears Defense = Ron Rivera
    Ron Turner needs to go.
    Angelo needs to go.
    I like Lovie, but Im not convinced that he’s done anything great.

  22. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Nov 25, 2009 9:23 AM

    Good news: Jim Zorn and Vinny Cerrato will probably be available after this season. They’d be a good fit in Chicago.

  23. beals12 says: Nov 25, 2009 9:24 AM

    Shanny did have the broncos in the AFC Championship as recently as the 2005 season(with Plummer too mind you). They were always competitive with 10 win seasons. Unfortunately, the playoff success was not there as they ran into the Manning buzzsaw twice and the Super Bowl Champ Ravens(and had to start poor Gus Frerotte that game). As a bronco fan, I’d say give me Shanny back right now. Please make Mcdevil go away.

  24. purpleguy says: Nov 25, 2009 9:43 AM

    The Bears problems are systemic. Cheap owners, questionable GM, soft head coach, lousy O-coordinator, no Rivera, crappy O-line, average WRs, one-dimensional RB, erratic/headstrong QB, old/ damaged D-line and LBs, and lousy or young DBs, not to mention no draft picks in 2010. Not exactly a happy holiday season for Bears fans.

  25. The Troof says: Nov 25, 2009 9:46 AM

    I was listening to Hub and he named the names. He stated that they were interested in Shanahan, Gruden and Cohwer, but not Holmgren. He stated that the Bears have actually sent out feelers to find out what they would require to take the job, not necessarily formal requests for interviews. Hub also said that the changes would potentially include Ted Phillips (Angelo’s boss) as well.
    And yes, as Bearrule has posted, Hub is by far the most credible source.

  26. The Troof says: Nov 25, 2009 9:49 AM

    One more note…. Hub also stated that the most likely scenario was that the Bears would see the price tag on the Shanny/Cowher/Gruden and stick with the Lovie/Angelo/Phillips trifecta, and that they would just make Ron Turner the scapegoat for all that is wrong. And this sniffing around of these guys was really just for validating that they can’t/won’t afford them.

  27. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 25, 2009 9:50 AM

    ’05 – ’06 Bears Defense = Ron Rivera
    Ron Turner needs to go.
    Angelo needs to go.
    I like Lovie, but Im not convinced that he’s done anything great.
    ———————–
    Funny thing is Rivera and Turner’s contracts were up at the same time and Bears didn’t want to pony up the money to sign both. Lovie kept Turner under the assumption he could pick up some of the defensive responsibility, that makes him responsible for the current mess as much as anyone else. Defense has been inconsistent since.
    I would still take Cutler over most of the QB’s in the league – minus the top obvious ones. Never thought Shannahan got the most out of him, let Cutler be too reckless.
    He is still young, has a great arm and shows accuracy when he wants to. You can teach discipline, you can’t teach anyone to have a great arm. Get a good coach to get him under control and he can be the next Elway or Favre, don’t get him help and he’ll be the next Jeff George.
    Lovie rode the coattails of his defense and strong running game. Playing Martyball or whatever else you want to call it, no great coaching expertise there. Whether he stays or leaves he needs to make some changes.

  28. MikeF says: Nov 25, 2009 9:55 AM

    cvh2009 says:
    November 25, 2009 2:45 AM
    As sad as it is, they were better with Juaron. I think one season they were 13-3 in 2001. Which is surprising because the Vikes and Pack were fairly srong. The Bears are awful, leading rusher only 516 yards and an int prone qb, without a true receiver to throw to. It’s really a wonder that they have won a game.
    _________________________________
    Disagree. Jauron is one of the most unsuccessful and uninspiring head coaches ever. He caught lightning in a bottle that year with a defense that played tough and courageous and a pop-gun offense led by a gutsy but beaten-up QB and a fine year from the RB which produced a number of unlikely wins. Also, the Vikes were a shambles that year, something like 5-11 IIRC, culminating with Denny Green’s firing.
    The situation now is similar in some respects with an overall dearth of talent on offense, though the QB situation has been upgraded, talent-wise, and the defense intimidates no one.

  29. crodseth says: Nov 25, 2009 10:18 AM

    “…either the coaching staff has failed to use him properly, or the front office should have realized that he isn’t very good.”
    Both.

  30. cvh2009 says: Nov 25, 2009 11:17 AM

    Mike F: True. Particularly the “Jauron is one of the most unsuccessful and uninspiring head coaches ever.” However, I think the issue, and perhaps I did not make my point, was that Jauron actually did more with less (at least for one season). Even though his overall record during his time was below .500. It just seems like the Bears are good every three -four years. Then they fall-off, as most teams do, and go in a completely new direction, so there is a vicious cycle. Lovie was, for a season or two, the NFL’s darling, particularly with the Bears fanbase. Again, it appears as though the ship is going to have a new Captain. Then in 3-4 years another one, etc.. Oh and yeah, whew, I forgot how bad the Vikes were in the 2001 season. I think there were only a handful of players on the team that lasted in the NFL in 2005.
    Of course, I like it that they always clean house 3-4 years. They are a relatively unstable organization. I have no doubt that next year, assumming they bring in a new coach, that Cutler then will be traded, unless it is Shanahan. I dont know, the guy reminds me of Jeff George. It’s not even his arm, it’s his body language.

  31. woodee says: Nov 25, 2009 2:34 PM

    CVH:
    First of all, Cutler will NOT be traded in the next 3 years. If anything he is the key selling point for any interested coach IF they fired Lovie.
    Second: Not every Bears fan was happy with Lovie. Immediately after the Super Bowl he ran Ron Rivera out of town for conflicts in defensive philosophy. At the time, Lovie said, “Trust me.” Coincidence that the D has fallen lower each year since? I think not.
    The Bears consistently go up and down, but it has had more to do with their talent evaluation in the draft and FA, and no QB to build around. Had they not made so many poor decisions the team wouldn’t be in such bad shape now. That falls on the entire front office staff, not just Angelo. Even Lovie has had a big impact on that too. Anyone remember Dan Bazuin? Rumor was that Lovie made that pick.

  32. winstonchill29 says: Nov 25, 2009 2:41 PM

    JUST LOVIE?? Sorry, I want the whole package gone! I want someone to answer this for me. What good does it do to replace another head coach and retain Jerry Angelo? By bringing in another new head coach and allowing Angelo to hold back progress in his own unique way, it’s like putting a band-aid on things here. Angelo will NEVER bring a head coach into the fold who might pose a threat to his job. Meaning, we’ll never get a coach who knows football because it makes Angelo expendable! It’s so obvious, yet, it get’s overlooked by everyone it seems like! It’s time to drop the McCaskey mentality and start instilling BEAR mentality back into this organization. There’s a huge difference between the leadership of the McCaskey clan and the leadership of a bonified NFL franchise owner. The Bears are no exception to the rule….EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS ON LEADERSHIP!!!

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