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Lovie would be wise to consider escape to UT

In 2008, the folks at the University of Tennessee reached out to Bears coach Lovie Smith to gauge his interest in becoming the head coach at the program where Smith worked in 1993 and 1994.

Smith declined.

Now, the UT job is open again — and Smith will be occupying one of the hottest of the hot seats in Chicago when the 2010 season starts.

Frankly, it might be in everyone’s best interests for Smith to pursue the opportunity, unless he has no interest in leading a college program.  The Bears undoubtedly would have cleaned house at Halas Hall but for the buyout obligations to Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo.  With Smith’s ability to stick around for 2011 riding on the performance of quarterback Jay Cutler and mounting uncertainty regarding a work stoppage after next season, heading to Knoxville makes plenty of sense, especially if his compensation from the Volunteers would be enhanced by a partial buyout from the Bears.

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  1. realitypolice says: Jan 14, 2010 8:09 AM

    “heading to Knoxville makes plenty of sense, especially if his compensation from the Volunteers would be enhanced by a partial buyout from the Bears.”
    ———————————-
    Ummm……..I’m pretty sure if he goes to the Bears and asks to get out of his contract to go coach somewhere else, the Bears would owe him jack.
    Usually (see Kiffin, Lane, and Rodriguez, Rich) it is the coach who owes the team a buyout when they are the ones who want to move to a different job.

  2. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jan 14, 2010 8:12 AM

    Lovie Smith took his team to the super bowl just a few years ago and now he’s on the hit list. Shanahan won a super bowl nearly a decade ago and he’s wanted like a Tiger Woods groupie.
    Please explain.

  3. Cleg says: Jan 14, 2010 8:12 AM

    I would get as far away from Jay Cutler as I could if I were Lovie – Cutler is a loser and has proven to be a loser wherever he goes. It baffles the mind why so many people think he is an elite QB. Thank God the Redskins did not get him.

  4. TheDPR says: Jan 14, 2010 8:22 AM

    If Lovie goes to Tennessee, would Gruden consider the Bears gig? Make some calls, Mike, and let us know.

  5. Visible says: Jan 14, 2010 8:24 AM

    Cleg -
    It baffles my mind as well. The guy has never been a winner and he makes some of the worst decisions of any qb in the league.

  6. paloduro00 says: Jan 14, 2010 8:26 AM

    As a lifelong Bears fan, my response to Florio’s musing is a simple three-word phrase: LET US PRAY!
    Unfortunately, someone in the Tennessee athletic department knows Lovie’s Vols would be undressed week after week by one SEC team after another.

  7. twinsanity says: Jan 14, 2010 8:37 AM

    Does Lovie strike anyone as a rah rah guy? I can’t see him being a good recruiter for the life of me and in the SEC that would sink him. Kiffin spits the BS with the best of them.
    Throw in the race angle and one losing season would have the Tennessee fans calling for his head. He’d be wise to not make that move.

  8. Eating Divas says: Jan 14, 2010 8:39 AM

    Lovie lost his job long ago when he continued to pick Grossman over Orton. Our Defense got us to the Superbowl, Lovie is the reason we lost.

  9. Cougar Bait says: Jan 14, 2010 8:47 AM

    So, are the Vols actually pursuing him, or is this as accurate is all the “Bob Stoops to Notre Dame” talk?

  10. Duan says: Jan 14, 2010 8:58 AM

    @ Fan_Of_ Four – excellent point
    @ Eating Divas – Lovie Smith was a defensive coordinator before he was a head coach, do your reserch and you just said the Defense is what got you to the Superbowl!?

  11. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jan 14, 2010 9:15 AM

    this is bull crap “Smith will be occupying one of the hottest of the hot seats in Chicago when the 2010 season starts.”
    what? then where does that put the coach in Dallas, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay or even Pittsburg?

  12. gopher says: Jan 14, 2010 9:19 AM

    Lovie is not going anywhere without his $11 or $15 million the Bears still owe him, but if they hire Tice to be the OC then he should be prepared to reach a buyout and move on.

  13. Opie says: Jan 14, 2010 9:25 AM

    Florio: is this your version of the infamous SnL skit: “Deep thoughts, by Jack Handey?”
    Rename it for what it is: “Random off the wall thoughts by dude in flannel that is bored.”

  14. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jan 14, 2010 9:27 AM

    Lovie will be fine, if theres any reason why the Bears have a horrid season next year it will be because of Cutler..

  15. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jan 14, 2010 9:28 AM

    “Lovie Smith took his team to the super bowl just a few years ago and now he’s on the hit list. Shanahan won a super bowl nearly a decade ago and he’s wanted like a Tiger Woods groupie.”
    Like it or not, that’s the difference between two Super Bowl rings and one Super Bowl loss.
    Heck, if a Super Bowl loss is what you need on your resume, pick up Mike Martz or Bill Callahan.

  16. pudgalvin says: Jan 14, 2010 9:33 AM

    “Lovie Smith took his team to the super bowl just a few years ago and now he’s on the hit list. Shanahan won a super bowl nearly a decade ago and he’s wanted like a Tiger Woods groupie.
    Please explain.”
    Well put, though I suspect Shanahan knows how to use challenges and timeouts, something Lovie can’t quite wrap his mind around.
    I still can’t believe people are calling for Orton around here. Mindblowing. I think even Denver fans have figured it out.

  17. CC80 says: Jan 14, 2010 9:40 AM

    As a Vikings fan I certainly hope that Lovie isn’t thinking of leaving. Childress is mediocre at best and he looks like Bill Walsh compared to the clowns in our division.

  18. rolltide says: Jan 14, 2010 9:51 AM

    Lovie got to the superbowl with a combination of luck and Devin Hester. Then he and Angelo made all the right decisions to make sure they’ll never be a contender again.

  19. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Jan 14, 2010 10:02 AM

    “Lovie Smith took his team to the super bowl just a few years ago and now he’s on the hit list. Shanahan won a super bowl nearly a decade ago and he’s wanted like a Tiger Woods groupie.”
    Yeah, one guy’s black, the other is white, so the black guy should be given special treatment.

  20. purpleguy says: Jan 14, 2010 10:23 AM

    Here’s the explanation why Lovie Smith is on the hot seat 3 years after a Super Bowl appearance: he arrogantly and stupidly dumped the coordinator primarily responsible for the teams’ success that year (Rivera), the same guy who probably will be coaching in the AFC conference championship and even the Super Bowl this year. To make it worse, the defense he took over this year as coordinator stunk it up.

  21. xacvol says: Jan 14, 2010 10:24 AM

    @twinsanity
    What race angle?
    Also, 2 words why Lovie wont be in Knoxville…NFL Pension.

  22. dogma1 says: Jan 14, 2010 10:24 AM

    It would the best thing for Lovie. The Bears are going nowhere, Cutler is decent with no talent around him and the Bears have no draft picks.

  23. A_Source_close_2_Favre says: Jan 14, 2010 10:25 AM

    Fan_Of_ Four says:
    January 14, 2010 8:12 AM
    Lovie Smith took his team to the super bowl just a few years ago and now he’s on the hit list. Shanahan won a super bowl nearly a decade ago and he’s wanted like a Tiger Woods groupie.
    Please explain.
    Explanation – There is now logical explanation example -in the last 10 years there is a QB with 3 playoff wins, 18 playoff interceptions, and at least 4 KNOWN retirements. This players is still considered the savior for the Vikings this year and probably will be again for Holmgren and the Browns next year. At that time he’ll likely still have 3 wins but 20 interceptions and 5 retirements.

  24. Plankshelmet says: Jan 14, 2010 10:43 AM

    Lovie’s stubborness will be his un-doing. He insists on running a strict Tampa 2 though he doesn’t have the players to do so. In addition, offenses have caught up to his scheme just like the West Coast offenses in the late 80s to early 90′s caught up to the 46 defense. Its a copycat league. I’m guessing at Lovie’s home he’s still watching analog tv when he’s not listening to an 8 track tape or making calls from his rotary phone. Just my two cents.

  25. Mattchew182 says: Jan 14, 2010 10:56 AM

    Lovie if your reading this PLEASE take this job. You’ve done all you can in Chicago. Why not take the long term security of a college job than stay in Chicago as a lame duck for one more year. Without major free agents or draft picks you aren’t going to turn around the Bears so do us all a favor and leave for this job.

  26. Smokythebearsfan says: Jan 14, 2010 11:39 AM

    Lovie has done a good job getting good, young athletes, who all respect their mothers, go to church every sunday, and don’t get into trouble. I mean Urlacher hasn’t been hit with a paternity test in years (of course he is not as cool as he was a few years ago, and not bangin any (in)famous chicks).
    Chicago needs, with or without Lovie, to get some players, or release the reigns and play some smash mouth, kick you in the nuts football.
    It’s like their all on pain killers.
    Get us some playmakers at WR, and some mean, rip your head off, DB’s and OL. And a pre-req, it shouldn’t matter if they go to church! LETS GO GRUDEN!

  27. CowboysGiantsRedskinsSuck says: Jan 14, 2010 11:47 AM

    @xacvol
    “What race angle?”
    You obviously have never been to the state of Tennessee. If he falters they will not hesitate to lynch him.

  28. Bob Sacamono says: Jan 14, 2010 12:07 PM

    Hey MoonGoat, what about the 2 horrid years we had after the Super Bowl and before Cutler got here? Was that Cutler’s fault too, even though he was in Denver? The problem is Lovie. The SB year many players over achieved but our defense was solid and what does Lovie do, bye bye Rivera and hello Bob (who??) Babich. They took a KR and gave him a $40 million dollar contract to be a WR project. You wanna use him on offense some…fine. Only Chicago though would use a guy that isn’t a WR as their #1 WR. He would be lucky to be a #3 WR on most teams but Chicago was like nope…he can be a #1 here. Not to mention we had Lloyd and Booker as WR’s???? Not to mention he basically “red shirted” 2 of our 3rd round WR picks in a row. And don’t get me started on our Cover 2 that we run even though we don’t have the players to do so. Keep hiring your friends Lovie, cause if it don’t work out this year you will be gone next year regardless of what the Bears owe you.

  29. necro says: Jan 14, 2010 1:23 PM

    Fan_Of_ Four says: January 14, 2010 8:12 AM
    Lovie Smith took his team to the super bowl just a few years ago and now he’s on the hit list. Shanahan won a super bowl nearly a decade ago and he’s wanted like a Tiger Woods groupie.
    Please explain.
    Are you really this stupid? What are yo really trying to say guy? Are you really comparing a guy who won two SB’s as a head coach and one as a OC to a guy who has won none. And is two games under .500 in the three seasons after your beloved SB lose. It all good though because Lovie lost a SB three years ago. Best case scenario is the Bears doing just bad enough to not make the playoffs, this way we can at least enjoy the season somewhat. The Bears fire Lovie and hire Bill Cowher and he will have a decent 1st round pick to deal with.
    Duan says: January 14, 2010 8:58 AM
    @ Fan_Of_ Four – excellent point
    @ Eating Divas – Lovie Smith was a defensive coordinator before he was a head coach, do your reserch and you just said the Defense is what got you to the Superbowl!?
    You are an equal idiot. The defense was run by Ron Rivera who Lovie ousted after the SB because RR didn’t adhere to all Lovie’s defensive tenets. So he fires RR and the defense has gotten worse each year. The team gives Lovie more input into the player personal and the team values athletic ability over intelligence and football ability and the team sucks. We get fast guys who are weak and stupid and it shows on the field.

  30. Castro95 says: Jan 14, 2010 3:16 PM

    Lovie to UT Ron Rivera for Da BEARS head coach!

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