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Report: Bears fire Ron Turner

In a season that could end with Norv Turner being named the NFL’s coach of the year, his big brother has coached for his final year in Chicago.

The Bears have fired offensive coordinator Ron Turner, according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

The long-rumored move comes as no surprise; someone had to take the fall for quarterback Jay Cutler’s horrendous performance in his first year with the Bears, and with neither G.M. Jerry Angelo nor coach Lovie Smith on the chopping block, Turner was the obvious scapegoat.

We’re told that the rest of the offensive staff also has been fired, clearing a path for the new offensive coordinator to start from scratch.

The obvious candidate?  USC offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who served as Cutler’s position coach in Denver.

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  1. We've had the goal since training camp says: Jan 5, 2010 12:09 PM

    Dear next Bears Off. Coordinator:
    Get ready for a daily dissection of your play calling and constant booing at Soldier Field.
    I feel sorry for Turner – he is the wrong fall guy.

  2. Richm2256 says: Jan 5, 2010 12:15 PM

    Here’s a unique idea: how about putting some of the blame on Jay “I don’t think I suck at all” Cutler????
    BostonISacraphole is STILL the biggest moron to ever post on this board.

  3. Rick says: Jan 5, 2010 12:18 PM

    How about the Def coordinator. He sucked also. I hope they plan on firing him too. (yes I know who was running their Def)

  4. Jay Cutler says: Jan 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    Dear next Bears Off. Coordinator:
    Call plays that benefit me, like rolling out and throwing from a moving pocket. Stretch the damn field. Glad that Turner buffoon is gone.

  5. Ish says: Jan 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    “Meanwhile, Joe Cullen, Marinell’s defensive line coach when Marinelli was the head coach of the Detroit Lions, was spotted at Halas Hall last week and could take over the Bears’ defensive line from Marinelli. ” The Chicago Tribune.
    Hurah! And next we can continue to get coaches from the Lions, Rams, Browns, and Bucs. YEAH BABY! Keep the winners coming, Lovie and JA! Keep’em coming!

  6. BengalsDouche2 says: Jan 5, 2010 12:20 PM

    Hey we’ll take him! He has to be better than our OC Bob Bratkowski. The man is terrible and highly predictable. I hope he’s gone next year. But knowing Mike Brown he’s not going anywhere.

  7. TNicks says: Jan 5, 2010 12:23 PM

    Jerry Angelo and whoever the heck the Bears’ offensive line coach is are dodging bullets. It’s funny how when Cutler got to town everyone was raving that he was the first franchise quarterback since Jim McMahon, who was their last game changing receiver?

  8. paynskii says: Jan 5, 2010 12:24 PM

    Cutler is a spoiled immature kid. Turner got the raw end of that deal. He made the folks in Denver mad and now the folks in Chicago. Where next? He is not going to fit in! Bring his old coach. Won’t do any good.

  9. zappa says: Jan 5, 2010 12:26 PM

    I was hoping they would clean house starting with Lovie. They were not a true Bears team this year. If Lovie has a bad year next year and gets canned, Jay will have another new offensive coordinator. That could be the end of Jay’s career. That will be 4 different coordinators, systems in 4 years, that doesn’t bode well for a what seems like a moody Jay.

  10. FootballPhil says: Jan 5, 2010 12:26 PM

    More embarrassing for Lovie is his defense that he took complete control over. Granted, the loss of key players, but that side of the ball is getting old. Either way, this is most likely his last year, or I don’t recognize Bear fans anymore. Get him out

  11. Nobe says: Jan 5, 2010 12:27 PM

    The new offensive coordinator will be able to “use Cutler correctly.” I.e. by developing an innovative offensive scheme wherein the QB deliberately throws the ball to the other team.

  12. HarrisonHits says: Jan 5, 2010 12:29 PM

    “someone had to take the fall for quarterback Jay Cutler’s horrendous performance in his first year with the Bears”
    Yeah, I mean they wouldn’t want to actually place the blame on Cutler himself, would they.

  13. droppingloads says: Jan 5, 2010 12:31 PM

    tough not to throw interceptions when you have 0 quality receivers. Please do not bring up devin hester, he is not a good wide receiver. Lets also not forget that Forte was horrible this year. Cutler will have a better year next year.

  14. Midway Monster says: Jan 5, 2010 12:35 PM

    Spread the blame. It should go all around. Especially since that defensive guru head coach failed miserably in his duties as Defensive coordinator. Blow open the offense Lovie. Angelo, you need to find the big game receiver. Get the O line squared away with some young talent. Right the ship fellas… or go down with it next off season.

  15. godofwine says: Jan 5, 2010 12:35 PM

    “We’ve had the goal since training camp”, you’re, right. He is the wrong fall guy. I don’t get it, why does anybody have to be the scapegoat for a particular player’s poor performance. That guy goes out and throws 26 INTs and it is the coordinator’s fault? Maybe, and this is a stretch, it is…the quarterback’s fault. He hasn’t yet reached Favre status, but Chicago in giving up a king’s ransom to get him, gave him that status. They in turn tied the coaches hands because he couldn’t very well bench him considering all they gave up to get him, could he.
    Hopefully turner will land on his feet, but in this casehe shouldn’t have been fired.

  16. ChicagoJo says: Jan 5, 2010 12:39 PM

    We’ve had the goal since training camp: Love your sign name, but you couldn’t be more wrong. I’m 25 years old I’ve spent most of my life suffering through Ron Turner led offenses. He sucks, has always sucked, should’ve been fired years ago. Thank Christ we’re finally done with him, this is almost better than when Blago got thrown out of office.
    Marinelli becomes to D-coordinator, Lovie stays on and probably brings in Mike Martz or Charlie Weis. Not sure about either option, but the Bears want a name to hang their hat on so people give Lovie another chance. Bates would be nice, but the Bears seldom make the right choice on coordinators. Anything would be an improvement, my guess is Lovie goes with his boy Martz’s west coast offense to take pressure of an offensive line that will get no help from our exlusively 2nd day draft picks.

  17. Philtration says: Jan 5, 2010 12:42 PM

    Turner should go… along with Lovie and Angelo.
    It does not matter who the obvious choice to replace Turner is or even one that makes sense.
    They will bring in yet another of Lovie’s fishing buddies and they will continue to treat the offense like it is a necessary evil.
    Just something to set up field position for the defense.
    I don’t see Lovie bringing in Martz because he would be a threat to take over if and when the 2010 season goes sour.
    Just ask Ron Rivera why he is with the Chargers right now. It sure had nothing to do with the defense’s performance while he was here.
    How about that stellar defense under Lovie, Babich and Marinelli?
    No changes there right?
    That is because they are all joined at the hip with their stupid Tampa-St. Louis slumber party connection.

  18. FootballPhil says: Jan 5, 2010 12:43 PM

    # droppingloads says: January 5, 2010 12:31 PM
    tough not to throw interceptions when you have 0 quality receivers. Please do not bring up devin hester, he is not a good wide receiver. Lets also not forget that Forte was horrible this year. Cutler will have a better year next year.
    ———————————————————
    Your point being that Cutler sucks because he has no receivers? Second point, he will be better next year? That would mean they would have to bring in some WR talent. They have no first day draft picks, so that’s out. Unless they find some diamond in rough again like the toothpick Knox. FA? Trade?

  19. EricEmpire says: Jan 5, 2010 12:43 PM

    According to Vaughn McClure says the RB coach Tim Spencer and WR Coach Daryl Drake are the only offensive position coaches that did NOT get the axe.
    So not all offensive staff has been fired.

  20. edgy says: Jan 5, 2010 12:47 PM

    The big problem is Cutler and the people that can’t see it are his apologists. The fact of the matter is that the guy is and always has been a one-man interception show and THAT is why his teams suck. Before this season, he threw an interception in 73% of the games that he had played and had a winning percentage of .459. Well, this season, he’s thrown an interception in 75% of his games (two of his 4 games without an interception were against the Lions, who had 9 – count ‘em – 9 total. The other two games were against St. Louis, who had 8 and Pittsburgh, who had 12) and his winning percentage of .438, reflects how bad he did. I’m sure that his apologizers will try to blame Turner but the fact is that he was like this BEFORE Turner and he’ll be like this AFTER Turner and the next and the next and the next.

  21. kenyatta says: Jan 5, 2010 12:51 PM

    They can bring AIR CORYELL to run the offense,there are not enough weapons on the offensive sid eof the the ball to be successful
    how about getting a star reciever for once hester isnt a number one
    get your oline together because matt forte is a good back,also get another good back in the draft most offenses have 2 good backs
    also have cutler learn his colors its obvious hes color blind

  22. edgy says: Jan 5, 2010 12:52 PM

    Dear Jay Cutler, maybe if you stopped kissing your arm before you tried to throw the ball between 5 defenders, I would still have my job.
    Ron Turner.

  23. tpd01 says: Jan 5, 2010 1:01 PM

    as a bears fan, i am happy with this decision,way to predictible, to many receiver screens on 3 and 8, a few years to late.
    Lovie had a hard time on defense with the constant shuffling of injured players. give him another year, fine with that.
    the problem was mostly one person, the savior Cutler, 26 picks, 7 in the redzone alone. horrible. at least 4-5 loses can be pin pointed to his horrible decision making nonabilty alone. we would not be having this conversation.
    he showed better ability at the end when he had a WR and TE he could trust. put devin on special teams where he belongs.
    Welcome to Chicago mr. Owens if you dont mind the cold

  24. edgy says: Jan 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    BTW, I remember when Dallas had this hotshot QB with a strong arm named Gary Hogeboom (or as I called him, Hogebum). The problem is that Hogebum thought that he had the greatest arm in the world and he would try to throw the ball into coverage and the other team would feast on him. His arm had one speed and it got him in trouble.

  25. Howie Handles says: Jan 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    “Lovie stays on and probably brings in Mike Martz or Charlie Weis.”
    —————-
    This is the Bears we’re talking about. They’ll get some special teams coach from a div 3 school in Texas to be their next oc. No one of any merit will take this gig with Lovie on notice, imo.

  26. Beezer says: Jan 5, 2010 1:15 PM

    “Someone had to take the fall for quarterback Jay Cutler’s horrendous performance in his first year with the Bears.” Yeah because Cutler had nothing to do with his poor performance this season. Florio how come you never criticize Cutler? He has never made it to the postseason and cried his way out of Denver who became much better when he left.
    He is the most overrated and overpaid QB in the NFL. Franchise QB’s shouldn’t need stud receivers to succeed. Take Eli Manning for example. Most of the media thought he would struggle this season because the Giants didn’t have an established receiver. However he put together the best season of his career and he developed these young receivers despite the offensive line regressing and getting little from the running game.

  27. dead money says: Jan 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    Ha Ha Ha… I guess they didn’t see that not having any receivers was the problem with the offense. Cutler’s got talent but that and $4.99 will get you a tube of Ditka’s brill cream!
    Owners suck.

  28. spartyfi says: Jan 5, 2010 1:46 PM

    edgy: Laugh at the Lions 9 INTs but it’s a hell of a lot better than the 4 they had last year….someone just shoot me now!

  29. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jan 5, 2010 1:52 PM

    finaly!our nightmare is over!no more wide reciever screens to hester,no more run up the middle on the first 2 plays then calling a play that is always short of what we need on 3rd. down. no more running into into a stacked line on short yardage plays.no more hey that play worked so let’s not call that one again.anybody who thinks turner is just a fall guy has not watched the bears offense.sure cutler needs to take some heat for his bad play but he is not the idiot that instead of taking adbvantage of what he did well in denver tried to make him run the garbage he called offense.this guy is famous because of his brother norv not for anything he has done in coaching.look at his record at illinois,the guy is a complete loser.now if if they just bring in somebody with a grasp of a nfl offense and let them run it no matter the score maybe fans will be able to watch a whole for a change.

  30. edgy says: Jan 5, 2010 1:57 PM

    Ok, a lot of excuses about his bad receivers but lok at who Orton throwing to last year when he only threw 12 picks: Devon Hester, Rashied Davis, Marty Booker, Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark and Brandon Lloyd. Can anyone honestly say that this group is that much better than what Cutler had this years (Especially when you consider that many of them are still on the team this year)? I think that his apologizers need to lay the blame squarely at his feet and not his receivers.

  31. KingKunal says: Jan 5, 2010 2:00 PM

    He made no adjustments around Cutler. Dumb screen passes, Cutler has a golden arm USE IT! He also has no WR’s or protection. Roll him out of the pocket more times than not. That’s where he feels comfortable!

  32. Philtration says: Jan 5, 2010 2:12 PM

    # Beezer says: January 5, 2010 1:15 PM
    “Someone had to take the fall for quarterback Jay Cutler’s horrendous performance in his first year with the Bears.” Yeah because Cutler had nothing to do with his poor performance this season. Florio how come you never criticize Cutler? He has never made it to the postseason and cried his way out of Denver who became much better when he left.
    He is the most overrated and overpaid QB in the NFL. Franchise QB’s shouldn’t need stud receivers to succeed. Take Eli Manning for example. Most of the media thought he would struggle this season because the Giants didn’t have an established receiver. However he put together the best season of his career and he developed these young receivers despite the offensive line regressing and getting little from the running game.
    ————————————————————
    And how many games did the Giants win this season?
    Lets give a ring to Eli for his efforts because it is not like they are paying him a lot of money or anything right?

  33. GoBears84 says: Jan 5, 2010 2:22 PM

    FA, trade, and devin aromashodu…he really stepped up when he got his chance to shine, receivers have a long off season to get on the same page w cutler and i think next year will be an incredible difference, bennett has hands like glue, no matter how much hester is or isn’t a #1 wideout, hes a hell of a distraction for our best reciever, olsen. Knox is a knockoff desean jackson who will get better with time, we’re alright.

  34. Da Bears and Bulls says: Jan 5, 2010 3:02 PM

    Blame the o-line! That’s why we sucked this year on offense. Cutler had no time to throw and we couldn’t run the ball. Turner had to take the fall. We’ve had a bad offense for a long time in Chicago.
    Ron Turner Fired!

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