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Report: Lovie Smith is safe

Despite a 5-8 record and a third straight season of missed playoffs in a year of expectations much higher than that, Bears coach Lovie Smith will return in 2010, according to John Mullin of CSN Chicago.  (Thanks for the tip, BlogdownChicagoBears.com.)

Citing “two highly placed individuals within the organization,” Mullin explains that there will not be a change at the top of the organization, due in part to concerns regarding a work stoppage in 2011.

Mullin also explains that the team will likely be making no announcements in this regard, and that the proof will flow from the fact that Smith isn’t fired when the season ends.

The report says nothing about the status of offensive coordinator Ron Turner.  If he isn’t fired, we recommend buying stock in any companies that sell pitchforks and/or torches in the greater Chicago area.

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45 Responses to “Report: Lovie Smith is safe”
  1. HughJassPhD says: Dec 18, 2009 10:20 PM

    How’s that Rooney Rule working for the Bears?

  2. chin 2 win says: Dec 18, 2009 10:27 PM

    Not if we can help it!!
    We can’t take it anymore!!
    Bears fans please help us make a statement. Lovie and Angelo have to go!!!
    http://www.bearfansunited.org

  3. GreenAndGold says: Dec 18, 2009 10:27 PM

    Between Childress’s contract extension and Lovie sticking around, I’m pretty happy about our division.

  4. Ish says: Dec 18, 2009 10:47 PM

    This is awesome. I hope Turner doesn’t leave either because, (southern accent) We, uh, we just have to start making better plays, uh, calling better plays, and uh, just working out the kinks. Change, who needs change, when thangs is a working just fine the ways they is.
    This is pathetic! For an organization that needs great changes, the higher powers are really laying on the cheapness, thick.
    We the fans just have to keep hitting them where it hurts the owners the most: the wallets. We can do just some of the following safe and peaceful boycotts:
    1) Stop buying tickets
    2) Stop buying Bears merchandise
    3) Start posting money and complaints to sites and funds like the Fire Lovie Smith.com site
    Folks, these are business people who care about nothing but their wallets and if we the fans hit them where their centimeter hearts are then we will possess the advantage. Until then, continue to say howdy to Lovie and his crew of Turner, Babich, Marinelly, Drake, Hamilton, etc…..

  5. the6thmanning says: Dec 18, 2009 10:48 PM

    The McCaskeys are some of the worst owners in the NFL. They own a team in the second largest TV market in the country, yet can’t pay for a new coach after three years of missing the playoffs. Move a 2nd team to Chicago, maybe some competition will get things going.

  6. THEpackersAREwhere? says: Dec 18, 2009 10:52 PM

    Keep Lovie so the Bers (spelled wrong intentionally) keep taking third in the division so that the “Pack” will safely finish second.

  7. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Dec 18, 2009 10:57 PM

    I call for a boycott of the Bears by any of their fans.
    Lovie Smith is a clueless idiot as a head coach.
    He’s probably an OK person, but he’s a worthless coach, and has proven that.
    Don’t give me this “He took the Bears to the Super Bowl” garbage. That was a horribly weak year for the NFC, and this idiot still barely managed to escape the Divisional round thanks to a 50yd field goal in overtime against an injury-depleted mediocre Seahawks team.

  8. MarkTroy says: Dec 18, 2009 11:00 PM

    As a Packer fan, this pleases me immensely.

  9. Richm2256 says: Dec 18, 2009 11:01 PM

    What exactly does a guy have to do to get fired in Chicago????
    Going through a piss-poor 2010 because of a “potential” work stoppage in 2011 makes about as much sense as expecting Jay Cutler to carry you to a Super Bowl.

  10. Philtration says: Dec 18, 2009 11:02 PM

    Work stoppage in 2011?
    There has been a work stoppage in Chicago for the last three years.
    I wanted this mope gone and yesterday would not have been fast enough for me.
    Sell daddy’s team Virginia because you don’t know what the hell you are doing and your geeky son is even worse.
    Depressing.

  11. bustabloodvessel says: Dec 18, 2009 11:12 PM

    And mediocraty continues in Chicago.

  12. ken hawk says: Dec 18, 2009 11:26 PM

    lions fan in chicago. i got my own problems, but i hate to see this team go to waste. a real shame for the town. the bears belong to the fans.

  13. mustbechris says: Dec 18, 2009 11:38 PM

    I don’t feel like Lovie’s the problem. His team’s just not all that good, to be honest. There’s gonna be some changes this offeseason, but not with him.

  14. ParkerFly says: Dec 18, 2009 11:46 PM

    mustbechris you nailed it. Lovie doesn’t have the players, not sure why he gets all the blame. Maybe time for a change with Turner, I’ll give you all that much, but I’d like to see what Lovie does with better draft picks and free agent signings.

  15. Grimace421 says: Dec 18, 2009 11:49 PM

    I can only hope that one of the “two highly placed individuals within the organization,” is Jerry Angelo… Cause, hopefully he’s out the door too…
    This is NOT good news for us Bears Fans… UGGG!!!

  16. THEpackersAREwhere? says: Dec 18, 2009 11:51 PM

    GreenAndGold says:
    December 18, 2009 10:27 PM
    Between Childress’s contract extension and Lovie sticking around, I’m pretty happy about our division.
    *******************************************
    Is it just me or is a Packer fan saying that they are happy to see a team, a rival, extend a coach’s contract when this coach has improved his teams win total by 2 wins per season and has taken the division two years in a row now, leaving his team, the packers, in 2nd place. Yea, Id be happy if a better team with a better coach extended his contract so my favorite team could stay in 2nd place at best.

  17. runningamuck says: Dec 18, 2009 11:57 PM

    Smith safe due to a potential work stoppage.
    Not even close.
    Smith is owed $ 5 million in 2010.
    6 million in 2012.
    The McCaskeys are not going to eat 11 million.
    So, we as Bear fans will suffer 2 more years.
    Smith has lost the respect of his players.
    All the moves he made this year were the wrong ones. As is indicated in the great 5-8 record.
    The only good moves Smith will make in the next 2 years, bank deposits.

  18. Mean D says: Dec 19, 2009 12:02 AM

    Lovie Dovey. At least he is better than stinko Raheem Morris.

  19. FumbleNuts says: Dec 19, 2009 12:18 AM

    Report: Lovie Smith is safe?
    Are you friggin’ kidding me?!
    WTF???!!
    2010 will be a joke.

  20. CYGNUS X-1 says: Dec 19, 2009 12:25 AM

    well if this is true then bring on the work stoppage!this is how they reward thier loyal fans?this guy has proven he is cluess as a head coach.it is safe to say that he is not the one who is responsible for taking them to the superbowl.what have they done since he let rivera go?defense has gone from one of the best to one of the worst under his leadership and the offense is worse than pathetic!only he and turner could yake an all pro qb and make him just like the other lousy qb’s they have had the last 50 years.guess this means turner will be back to,who can they get that is any better that knows they will only have the job for a year?look for the lions to pass them next year.

  21. mnmaverick says: Dec 19, 2009 12:30 AM

    It could be worse Bear fans, you could have Brad Childress.
    Make no mistake, we are winning in spite of him. The fact we land Brett Favre for a year is the story this year.
    This team went four steps backwards whfrom Denny Green and Mike Tice with Childress.
    We were pretty much a perrenial playoff team under Grant, Burns, and Green. We slipped abit with Tice but he wasn’t qualified as an ofrfensive line coach and Chilly wasn’t qualified as an OC who didn’t call plays. We have lost gobs of assistant coaches who were more qualified than our head coaches in Dungy, Billick, Tomlin, etc.
    Chilly like Lovie has been clueless when it comes to QBs outside of the luck of landing Favre this year. What happens beyond him? Same old shit, we are right back where we started.

  22. runningamuck says: Dec 19, 2009 12:42 AM

    mustbechris and packerfly.
    Smith was instrumental in the draft choices.
    These are his picks. As is the defensive play calling that he took over 5 weeks ago and asked the fans of Chicago to ” Trust Me” .
    So this is what we should accept. No fool in his right mind would.
    Hester was the most feared return man in the game. What does Smith make out of him ?
    A receiver that cannot properly run a route.
    A kick return man that runs out of bounds or backwards and then falls down. He has absolutely ruined him as an NFL player to the point where people in Chicago could care less if he was packaged in a deal and gone.
    Cutler, with a coach with a clue, can be a great quarterback…Smith is not the man, nor does he have a clue how to develop a player of his caliber.
    So good draft players or not. Players of Cutlers ability, and Smith is clueless in utilizing them to here maximum potential.
    People of Chicago will not tolerate this for one second more, and don’t have too !
    There’s a saying, when your stuck in a hole, quick digging….but with Smith, it keeps getting deeper and deeper !

  23. runningamuck says: Dec 19, 2009 12:42 AM

    mustbechris and packerfly.
    Smith was instrumental in the draft choices.
    These are his picks. As is the defensive play calling that he took over 5 weeks ago and asked the fans of Chicago to ” Trust Me” .
    So this is what we should accept. No fool in his right mind would.
    Hester was the most feared return man in the game. What does Smith make out of him ?
    A receiver that cannot properly run a route.
    A kick return man that runs out of bounds or backwards and then falls down. He has absolutely ruined him as an NFL player to the point where people in Chicago could care less if he was packaged in a deal and gone.
    Cutler, with a coach with a clue, can be a great quarterback…Smith is not the man, nor does he have a clue how to develop a player of his caliber.
    So good draft players or not. Players of Cutlers ability, and Smith is clueless in utilizing them to here maximum potential.
    People of Chicago will not tolerate this for one second more, and don’t have too !
    There’s a saying, when your stuck in a hole, quick digging….but with Smith, it keeps getting deeper and deeper !

  24. Hugified Wang says: Dec 19, 2009 12:43 AM

    I can’t believe Rod Marinelli didn’t help the Bears turn the corner this year.

  25. 34_Fan_4_Life says: Dec 19, 2009 1:01 AM

    I would hope that Angelo attaches conditions on Lovie’s employment, like hiring offensive and defensive coordinators.
    Lovie Smith is the photo-negative version of Dick Jauron. They are both stumps and the two combined don’t have the coaching talent that Halas had in his little finger.
    They fired the wrong Ron !!!
    Turner is pathetic and predictable and needs to go back to college, to learn, not coach.

  26. Bob Sacamono says: Dec 19, 2009 2:25 AM

    We don’t have the players but isn’t part of that Lovie’s fault? We don’t have the players to run a Cover 2 defense and yet Lovie sticks with it. We don’t have a legit #1 WR and did Lovie push for the team to sign somebody. A lot of this is Angelo’s fault also. He would rather discover a diamond in the rough like Knox with later round picks then getting solid talent with first day draft picks. Two years ago we draft Earl Bennett in the 3rd round and he don’t play one snap his rookie year. Other WR taken after him are making big plays as rookies and he can’t even get on the field. Same thing this year with Juaquin Iglesias. 3rd round WR and he hasn’t played in one game. Why draft a WR if you’re not gonna play him. It’s bad enough we don’t have a #1 pick this upcoming year because of the Cutler trade but then in the same year they give up their #2 pick for underachieving Gaines Adams. We have MANY holes on this team and we don’t even have a first day draft pick.

  27. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 19, 2009 2:37 AM

    Ahhhhhhhh F*&%…. I get home from work and have to read this shit. I have been a diehard fan since ’84 (12 years old), but I can’t take it anymore. To go to a superbowl after 21 years and lose to THE FIRST DOME TEAM TO WIN IT ON GRASS. IN THE F*&%ING RAIN NO LESS……..Then 3 more years of subpar play………….and I knew inside that the possible strike with the contract would be an excuse not to get rid of Angelo/Smith.

  28. da mad greek says: Dec 19, 2009 2:43 AM

    This is ridiculous, yet expected. Lovie, i’m sorry, but has no business coaching for us next year. The problems with this team are so numerous, it makes me cry.
    What happened to our defense? Babich? Marinelli the miracle worker? This is lovie’s D and it sucks. Rivera is no good we need to bring in Lovie’s buddys instead. Singletary wants to be a coach 5 years ago—sorry no room for you on our coaching staff as a LB coach—go to baltimore
    Urlacher has been carrying this defense for years
    Ted Phillips listen up:
    Jerry Angelo–should be gone
    Lovie Smith–gone
    Rest of coaching staff–gone (maybe keep toub)
    Wheres our depth? Kreutz, god love him, is not only not a good enough player to make up for the guys next him anymore—he’s making his own mistakes. Who’s his back up? Who did we have to replace mike brown? Who do we have to replace urlacher? The O-line stinks, the defense maybe has a hand full of players and this team just plain stinks.
    Not only do we not have any talent left on this team, besides Cutler, Forte, maybe Olsen, Clark, Peanut, Urlacher (gettin up there), briggs, and now im starting to reach after that; But the talent we have had have regressed all since joining the bears. not only does lovie not make them better—they become worse. Why isn’t hester returning kicks?
    With coaches floating around like Cowher, Gruden, Shannahan, and even Holmgren (grrr) how can Lovie’s job be safe?
    A complete overhaul is needed. Bring in a coach we deserve, bring in a personnel guy, help us as fans.
    I’ve never been so disappointed in a bears team than i am with this one.
    And all you packer fans grinnin from ear to ear on here—shove it

  29. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 19, 2009 2:51 AM

    BTW what ever happened to firejerryangelo.com?
    Do you know Florio? It used to be a link off of the team page.

  30. Mike R. says: Dec 19, 2009 2:59 AM

    What exactly is Lovie’s strength as a coach ? It’s not as a defensive signal caller, this season is proof of that. The Bears are stocked with high priced underachievers (Cutler, Tommie Harris, Hester ) and the team takes stupid penalties at critical times in the game.
    An underachieving ,undisciplined team is an indication of poor coaching. Two playoff appearances in six seasons should get anyone broomed. So Smith is owed 11 million ? Big deal, hire Bill Cowher and you’re right back in the playoffs. Giving Lovie one more season will accomplish nothing while further damaging Cutler’s psyche. Plus, Cowher, Shanahan, Holmgren and Gruden will have moved on to other teams. Broom Lovie and GM Jerry Angelo now.

  31. BearsMeng says: Dec 19, 2009 3:04 AM

    O. No.

  32. chin 2 win says: Dec 19, 2009 3:18 AM

    They can’t eat 11 million when their trust fund(Da Bears) is worth 1.08 billion. But they can destroy the team that Papa Bear intrusted to them. Somethings not right here!?!
    I know that times are tough, but can we afford them to get any worse? Pease join the fight.
    http://www.bearfansunited.org

  33. NAACPNOFRIENDOMINE says: Dec 19, 2009 7:02 AM

    Lovie has made bonehead decision after bonehead decision. I enjoy watching him struggle. That being said, I don’t live in Chicago. Shouldn’t the Bears fans and Chicagoans be treated better than they are with this bozo at the wheel? I think the only reason Lovie has lasted this long runs parallel with the Rooney rule, etc, etc.
    On a slightly different note, why do you choose to not post ANY of my comments regarding NBC’s own version of Wreckx n effect (Zoom Zoom and Boom Boom) Tony Dungy? Are you now censoring feedback/comments at the behest of Peacock brass or is this your own decision, Florio?

  34. Art Coredelay says: Dec 19, 2009 7:14 AM

    And fans of every other team in the NFC North rejoice.

  35. gopher says: Dec 19, 2009 8:28 AM

    The Packer fan is happy that the Vikings and Bears are keeping their coaches, if he is really happy that must mean he does not live in Green Bay.

  36. dmitch says: Dec 19, 2009 9:15 AM

    runningamuck says:
    “All the moves he made this year were the wrong ones. As is indicated in the great 5-8 record.”
    Did he make the trade for that rocket armed interception machine and give up those picks that will handcuff the Bears for years?
    Did you hear what Urhlacher said? Lovie’s way works better than the Cutler way. Ron Turner ain’t Shanahan and he couldn’t reign in his “franchise (crippling) QB”

  37. KingJoe! says: Dec 19, 2009 9:34 AM

    Can you explain to me WHY he should be safe? He was given a top flight QB, and tried to force his(Cutlers) talent into the existing system. This is no way to be successful. Cutler is a dink and dunk accurate type passer, not a down the field type of guy. Yes he does have a strong arm and can go for the big bomb(when he has a big tall WR) but really quick throws, 5-10 yrd out is his forte(hahahhahahah, yep laughing to myself) Fire Lovie, bring in Shanny, Gruden or Homgren and get what you expected from Cutler.

  38. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 19, 2009 9:37 AM

    Mike R. says:
    “What exactly is Lovie’s strength as a coach ?”
    Lovie Smith is a defensive genius and innovator…it is a crime that he does not get the credit he deserves in this area. All we ever hear about is Bill Belichick’s schemes. Never a mention of Lovie’s innovation of charting loafs, etc.
    Smith’s game plan on Peyton Manning and the Colts passing game in the Super Bowl is far better than anything Belichick’s defense has done on Manning, since back Peyton was a playoff puppy.
    The Bears problems are obviously above him. Chicago needs to be a defensive based running team. As opposed to going out and getting Cutler this offseason, the Bears should have put their efforts into the offensive line and defense.
    They need to stay with both the windy city and coaches strengths here to be successful…

  39. Fred "The F-Bomb" Richani says: Dec 19, 2009 10:20 AM

    Jay Cutler is crying to Mike Shanahan somewhere.

  40. Deb says: Dec 19, 2009 11:06 AM

    @HughJassPhD …
    Well, at least we all know the PhD part of your user name is pure fiction.
    So you think the only reason Lovie–who brought the Bears their first NFC championship in two decades–has been ineffective the last three seasons is because he’s black?
    Does that mean Dick Jauron, Jim Zorn, Jim Schwartz, Eric Mangini, and Jim Mora have been struggling in their jobs is because they’re white?
    Does your klan robe cover your hughj ass?

  41. DaBillsDaaahhhBills says: Dec 19, 2009 11:20 AM

    “The report says nothing about the status of offensive coordinator Ron Turner. If he isn’t fired, we recommend buying stock in any companies that sell pitchforks and/or torches in the greater Chicago area.”
    FLORIO. In my opinion, this was the funniest comment that has ever been written in something under your ‘By’ line.
    Who did you overhear saying it originally?

  42. TheDPR says: Dec 19, 2009 11:31 AM

    Lovie Smith has not earned the confidence of the fans, the team, or anyone else. And if his job is safe merely because management is cheap, then the franchise deserves to keep losing.

  43. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 19, 2009 2:24 PM

    @ Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: December 19, 2009 9:37 AM
    “Lovie Smith is a defensive genius and innovator…it is a crime that he does not get the credit he deserves in this area. All we ever hear about is Bill Belichick’s schemes. Never a mention of Lovie’s innovation of charting loafs, etc.
    Smith’s game plan on Peyton Manning and the Colts passing game in the Super Bowl is far better than anything Belichick’s defense has done on Manning, since back Peyton was a playoff puppy.”
    WTF?? What exactly do you mean? Belichick’s defenses have beaten the Colts. When have Smith’s defenses beaten the Colts? Oh wait, you mean in SB 41! Thats right, Chicago beat the Colts soundly. Sorry for the mistake asswipe.

  44. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 19, 2009 3:25 PM

    Bears vs Manning (’06 playoffs/Super Bowl)
    Colts:
    22 (offensive) points scored
    Manning 247 yds, 1 td, 1 int
    Pats vs Manning (’06 playoffs/Conference Championship)
    38 (offensive) points scored
    Manning 349 yds, 2 tds, 1 int

  45. K23 says: Dec 19, 2009 3:33 PM

    Nothing wrong with taking a page from the most successful franchise in the NFL. The Rooney’s got a guy and stuck with him. Worked pretty well there. Not to mention the Bengals sticking with Marv, there having a decent year.

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