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Bears announce offensive house cleaning

The Chicago Bears have announced that six members of the offensive coaching staff will not return in 2010.

Gone, as previously reported, is offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

Also gone are tight ends coach Rob Boras, offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus, quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, and offensive assistant/assistant receivers coach Charles London.

Running backs coach Tim Spencer and receivers coach Darryl Drake have been spared, at least for now.

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25 Responses to “Bears announce offensive house cleaning”
  1. Jack Factor says: Jan 5, 2010 2:17 PM

    It’s just a matter of year now before they come crawling back to Ditka.

  2. BillsFan27 says: Jan 5, 2010 2:21 PM

    As a side note – the Bears should go after Scheffler and Marshall (out in Denver) – since Josh McDaniels obviously would rather not use them than go to the playoffs.
    Whoever comes in as this team’s OC needs to beg to get Cutler a playmaker or two or three – and who better than those two Broncos castoffs if/when it happens.

  3. We've had the goal since training camp says: Jan 5, 2010 2:22 PM

    LAME. Just avoiding the inevitable the firing of Lovie after a 4th year out of the playoffs.

  4. BroncFanOr says: Jan 5, 2010 2:33 PM

    Hmm, looks like Cutler did have an impact on the Bears. Too bad it was 26 interceptions and an entire staff losing their jobs.

  5. Chitown says: Jan 5, 2010 2:33 PM

    I hope Mike Martz likes deep dish pizza…..

  6. last starfighter says: Jan 5, 2010 2:33 PM

    after further review, Bears still . . .

  7. jd says: Jan 5, 2010 2:34 PM

    Add this to the list of things that should have been done a year ago.

  8. Jimair1 says: Jan 5, 2010 2:36 PM

    The Bears are more about money than football. WR coach is back? Why? Because Devin Hester is a pro bowler in his thrid year, Aromashodu sat on the bench for 12 games because there were top tier receivers already on the field?

  9. Philtration says: Jan 5, 2010 2:37 PM

    What about the defense?
    With Ron Rivera as the defensive coordinator they were…
    2005-ranked 2nd in NFL 12.6 ppg.
    2006-ranked 5th in NFL 15.9 ppg.
    Under Bob Babich and Lovie Smith they are…
    2007-ranked 28th in NFL 21.8 ppg.
    2008-ranked 21st in NFL 21.9 ppg.
    2009-ranked 17th in NFL 23.4 ppg.
    Wait… let me guess.
    It is Jay Cutler’s fault!
    Yes, Cutler screwed up the Bears D even while he was playing QB in Denver.
    Thank god they have the brilliant Rod Marinelli ready and waiting.
    He coached with Lovie in Tampa you know.

  10. Midway Monster says: Jan 5, 2010 2:47 PM

    BroncFanOr says:
    “Hmm, looks like Cutler did have an impact on the Bears. Too bad it was 26 interceptions and an entire staff losing their jobs.”
    HMMM hows that playoff spot working out for you Denver? Was that two interceptions for TDs from noodle arm? ENJOY!

  11. OntBoltFan says: Jan 5, 2010 2:47 PM

    Fire Jerry Angelo for the disasterous Cutler trade and poorly stocking the OL and WR corps.

  12. Tim says: Jan 5, 2010 2:48 PM

    “LAME. Just avoiding the inevitable the firing of Lovie after a 4th year out of the playoffs”
    Yea, imagine the crying from that racist Tony Dungy if it were to happen….I dont think he would ever agree with a Lovie firing just because of the fact “he was the first black coach in the superbowl” how long can that keep his job?

  13. BEAR-A-HOLIC says: Jan 5, 2010 2:51 PM

    Still waiting to hear Angelo is fired ! Man, for a guy that’s been in the league for so long he sure has no idea of what he’s doing !!!

  14. Rick says: Jan 5, 2010 2:53 PM

    Cutler is a coach killer, most of his Ints were god awful decisions.
    And how does Lovie Smith keep his job? He has been horrible with a team that was recently in the Super Bowl

  15. DocBG says: Jan 5, 2010 3:01 PM

    good move on keeping your WR coach and your running back coach, you did both so incredibly well. Marinelli will certainly be a GREAT D-coordinator, and will bring your defense to new loft heights (as in leading the league in yards and points allowed, not the good way).
    Having seen 1 herschel walker trade allready, its nice to see it happen to someone else. shame is that it didnt happen to the pack. franchise QB my ass, WR’s go there to die because the QB’s allready are.

  16. Richm2256 says: Jan 5, 2010 3:26 PM

    Lot of people taking the fall for Jay Cutler’s lack of skill.
    He seriously needs to feel responsible for some of this. He won’t, but he should.

  17. Howie Handles says: Jan 5, 2010 3:31 PM

    I’m officially done with the Bears till they wake up. I have the Sunday ticket, and there will be plenty of football to watch. It took the death of Bill Wirtz for the Blackhawks to wake up, although I’m not wishing ill will on the McCaskeys, I do want a change from teh top down. Until then, they’ll just be pretenders.
    They said there were failures on both sides of the ball, and yet only the offensive coaches get bumped. Not one defensive coach gets dropped, or the guys responsible for both sides of the ball and the players, Lovie and Angelo. Keep telling us that its not a money situation, and that money did not play a factor. In fact through in Ted Phillips as well. To say that continuity is the best thing for getting back to the playoffs—rubbish. Its that continuity that has the Bears in the situation they’re in.

  18. alewatcher says: Jan 5, 2010 3:32 PM

    # Rick says: January 5, 2010 2:53 PM
    Cutler is a coach killer, most of his Ints were god awful decisions.
    And how does Lovie Smith keep his job? He has been horrible with a team that was recently in the Super Bowl
    —————–
    Lovie Smith keeps his job because the Bears owe him too much money to fire him.

  19. Howie Handles says: Jan 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    “Hmm, looks like Cutler did have an impact on the Bears. Too bad it was 26 interceptions and an entire staff losing their jobs.”
    How do Orton do for you? Loved the Broncos fans calling him a franchise QB, in spite of what the Bears fans were telling them about him. He’s a good guy, just not a starter.
    Plus, it could have been worse. We could have started 6-0, told everyone how we were going to be seeded in the playoffs, and choked it all away.
    This is a joke that everyone isn’t getting dumped.

  20. Howie Handles says: Jan 5, 2010 3:39 PM

    The only guys who didn’t get dumped were Lovie and his boys. The defensive coaches, and spencer and drake. We had so much production from the RBs and WRs, I could see why they’d keep them. (sarcasm)
    Just a freaking joke, only the whole league is laughing. Who the hell is going to come here and be an OC or DC, for a lame duck coach?

  21. Satanic Hell Creature says: Jan 5, 2010 4:26 PM

    The real problem is that the McKaskie family is not a football family, they only look at the bottom line. To them the Bears team is just a business. If the lose 16 games a year, but still sell out Soldier Field and make a profit, they will be happy. Crappy teams can all be tied to crappy ownership and management. Any owner that cares about winning would have fired Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith long ago. Angelo and Smith will lose their jobs with the Bears, but it will be when their contracts run out so that the Bears won’t have to pay for 2 coaches and 2 GM’s, which they would have to do if they fired them.

  22. Howie Feltersnatch says: Jan 5, 2010 4:43 PM

    WOW…I expect all this talk about Cincinnati’s mismanagement because of Mike Brown-2 playoff appearances (2005 and this year {both one and dones}) in 18 years as the General Idiot. I know there are higher expectations in Chicago-well, everywhere else but Cincinnati and perhaps Kansas City.
    God bless Da Bears!

  23. mgloudem says: Jan 5, 2010 4:45 PM

    it appears that the bears still suck

  24. minimafiaaj says: Jan 5, 2010 5:08 PM

    “As a side note – the Bears should go after Scheffler and Marshall (out in Denver) – since Josh McDaniels obviously would rather not use them than go to the playoffs.”
    are you retarded? we don’t need another TE, as far as marshall tho yes we need him lol

  25. TheWizard says: Jan 5, 2010 7:49 PM

    How do Orton do for you?
    That’s why Josh was trying to get Cassel first.
    Orton is a stopgap quarterback, look it up.

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