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Lovie Smith gets four interview invitations on first day out of work

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Lovie Smith was one of seven NFL head coaches fired today. He’s also a candidate to replace four of the other six fired coaches.

Smith has already been contacted by four teams about their head-coaching vacancies, ESPN reported on SportsCenter. The report did not say which of the six other teams that fired their coaches — the Chiefs, Chargers, Browns, Cardinals, Bills and Eagles — are interested in Smith. But if Smith is interested, he’ll be a very busy man over the next couple of weeks.

Although Smith was fired after his team collapsed over the second half of back-to-back seasons, it’s easy to see why other teams would be interested: Smith won three division titles with the Bears, reached the Super Bowl and was the NFL’s coach of the year for the 2005 season.

Some NFL teams may also be eager to interview Smith because any team that interviews Smith has satisfied the requirements of the Rooney Rule, which states that any team with a head-coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority before making a hire.

Smith was also a well-regarded defensive assistant, first with the Buccaneers and then with the Rams, before becoming a head coach. So if Smith wants to work in 2013, he’ll find a job quickly.

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  1. irodex says: Dec 31, 2012 7:09 PM

    …because of the Rooney rule

  2. RoofDude says: Dec 31, 2012 7:09 PM

    Rooney Rule …?

  3. Pat says: Dec 31, 2012 7:12 PM

    it’s easy to see why other teams would be interested because he made the playoffs 3 times in 9 years?

  4. igwaybwekay says: Dec 31, 2012 7:12 PM

    Lovie will be even worse at his next coaching job.

  5. flavordave says: Dec 31, 2012 7:13 PM

    he will probably get a head coach job but being a Philly fan I would love him as a defensive coordinator

  6. Gordon says: Dec 31, 2012 7:13 PM

    I bet this is mostly Rooney rule interest. He didn’t “wow” anyone with his performance as the Bears HC.

  7. 2difshoe says: Dec 31, 2012 7:13 PM

    If you like mediocrity, Lovie’s your guy.

  8. thehatefulnerd says: Dec 31, 2012 7:14 PM

    As a Packers fan, I will state for the record that Lovie Smith is an ALL TIME GREAT coach.

    Glad to have him out of the division.

  9. somekat says: Dec 31, 2012 7:14 PM

    My guess is the Rooney rule helps, and they’ll drop a quick “if we go another way, would you want to coach the D” question in there somewhere

  10. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:15 PM

    Bears are going to regret this one. This isn’t your garden variety making a sham of the Rooney rule.

  11. tuttl1am says: Dec 31, 2012 7:16 PM

    would love for the lions to fire gunther cunningham and bring in lovie as his replacement DC.

  12. bensstinkyfingers says: Dec 31, 2012 7:18 PM

    Lovie is a good head coach, the amount of interest at this point seems to be teams trying to get the “rooney rule” satisfied and out of the way up front before hiring the guy they really want. Its a shame and waste of everyone’s time, just hire the best guy whether he is yellow, black, white, or purple, the rooney rule is a joke and pointless as there are always loopholes to any rule. I wouldnt mind seeing Lovie coach my browns.

  13. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    I hope he’s not just a Rooney Rule interview. He’s a legit coach.
    I kinda have Hue Jackson pegged as the interview nobody intends to hire.

  14. computojon says: Dec 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    It was long ago, but Smith was a good-but-not-great DC for the Rams. Their ranking was high, but mainly because their personnel was very good when he joined the staff (under Mike Martz), yet their performance tailed off towards the end of Smith’s tenure, capped by a less-than-stellar Super Bowl, including fanning horribly on Tom Brady’s first signature winning drive.

  15. ijahru says: Dec 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    The Bear’s O-line was horrible with Mike Tice coaching it so what does Lovie do, he makes Tice the O coordinator. I think Lovie should blame Tice for getting him fired or himself for keeping Tice.

  16. kinguga says: Dec 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    I could see Lovie in:

    ARI
    BUF
    CLE
    KC

    The best coaches will end up in CHI, PHI, and SD.

  17. boobsmcgoo says: Dec 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    Rooney! Rooney! Rooney!

  18. docsweeney says: Dec 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    I’d love to see him in Philly. The media will just tear him up when he goes through one of his typical weekly, mealy-mouthed press conferences. He’s good enough to keep you at a little over .500 but he’ll never win the big game, he can’t adjust his game plans, he gets outcoached and his players love him because he nevers holds them accountable and runs a Club Med training camp.

  19. jtc8454 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:21 PM

    Eagles new Head Coach

  20. KIR says: Dec 31, 2012 7:21 PM

    Chicago fans didn’t learn from the Cubs and Dusty Baker. No playoff appearances and they’ve been horrible every since Baker left and while Baker’s new team is in the playoffs.

    The Bears are going go be bad for a long time (5-10 years) after Lovie. Their top defensive players are old and will be retired in 2 to 3 years and they have a QB who will quit if he’s stressed. He is not a leader. My guess is Cutler will be cussing the new OC out by the eighth game next season.

  21. redlsx says: Dec 31, 2012 7:21 PM

    He was 10-6 and has been to the Super Bowl. Had the Vikings lost he’d have a job. Ridiculous firing.

  22. stilllovemybungles says: Dec 31, 2012 7:21 PM

    With the first pick of the 2014 NFL draft. The Chicago Bears pick…… Your loss Chicago!

  23. ha5ko says: Dec 31, 2012 7:22 PM

    He will get to grey cup , cause the CFL is all about Defense.

    I will miss the way he has owned the Packers…..oh thats right….not so much

  24. larryboodry says: Dec 31, 2012 7:23 PM

    I think Lovie deserves the interest, for his talent, not his race…It was simply time for a change in Chicago.

  25. veence69 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:24 PM

    Enjoy the rebuilding project, Chicago.

  26. KIR says: Dec 31, 2012 7:26 PM

    This guy has been to the Super Bowl, won Division and Conference Titles and you all are talking about Rooney Rule? What does one have to have on his resume to deserve an interview?

  27. scottishram says: Dec 31, 2012 7:27 PM

    Some fans have extremely high expectations. As a Rams fan I’d have loved 3 playoff appearances in the last 9 years, and i expect the fans of many other teams would agree. How does that saying go… “You don’t know what you got till its gone”.

  28. dlions18 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:27 PM

    There are more vacancies at the HC position than qualified candidates. Smith wil be a HC somewhere.

  29. 2difshoe says: Dec 31, 2012 7:28 PM

    As a Bear fan, watching Lovie for 9 years , I learned 1 thing, he was not great at developing players, just might be the reason for his depature. A great coach can evaluate talent, develope them in to pro bowl caliber players and take them to the next level which is annual playoff apperances and then a Superbowl win.

  30. dadsource says: Dec 31, 2012 7:30 PM

    Come to Jax, Lovie. You had a great defense, but Jay Cutler and an average offensive line, lucky you got the production you did with that group. 10-6 here will get you a key to the city!

  31. jerrytagge says: Dec 31, 2012 7:34 PM

    Let me know when those “interviews” become real offers.

    Until then, Rooney.

  32. markwri says: Dec 31, 2012 7:37 PM

    I agree Lovie was a good coach, not great. You bears fans beware the grass may not be greener. The problem with the Bears was the offense and specifically Jay Cutler. There’s a reason a so called franchise quarterback was traded in the first place.

  33. pkrjones says: Dec 31, 2012 7:38 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo, Lovie!… but let us choose your coordinators, please. Turner? Martz? Tice? Very good HC, horrible coordinator/coach hirer.

  34. ihaterogergoodell says: Dec 31, 2012 7:39 PM

    @KIR neither the Cubs nor the Bears had a pipeline of players to keep making the playoffs. More than patchwork was needed. For the Bears, they need:

    a new C
    a new LT
    a new LG
    a new RG
    a starting TE
    an MLB
    a SLB
    a nickleback
    a vertical threat WR (no, not Hester)
    a swingman OL player
    better gunners on ST

    On top of this, the Bears have always been awful at O under Smith. Time for a new mind!

  35. dirtysouthironmen says: Dec 31, 2012 7:39 PM

    It is a sad testament that the “Rooney Rule” even has to be a consideration. Why not because he is a good coach which he is. I would take him over Gruden in a heartbeat.

  36. zrb17 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:40 PM

    This Rooney Rule biz is getting kind of old. It’s not fair that these guys get drug around for bs interviews just for there skin color. If there is a quality coach available and the team likes him then make the hire. The coaching profession has diversity, quality coaches are always on the rise regardless of skin color or race.

  37. rickditka says: Dec 31, 2012 7:41 PM

    maybe lovie can explain calling timeout less than two into the game on sunday.

  38. patsandwannabees says: Dec 31, 2012 7:43 PM

    You know what sux about the Rooney Rule?
    Two Things;

    1. It makes teams bring in minority coaches, even if they like another guy.

    2. It makes all you idiots believe that a really good coach Like Lovie is only getting looked at because of the color of his skin.

    This rule and Affirmative action is a “lose lose” for everyone.

    Lovie is a really good coach. I hope teams aren’t d-ing him around to get the Rooney rule done.

  39. immafubared says: Dec 31, 2012 7:43 PM

    Lovie needed to move on. Its up or out and Lovie was up and then headed down. One problem, too much age on the defense and no receivers. It was too much defense and not enough offensive prowness.

  40. dmadras says: Dec 31, 2012 7:44 PM

    The”cover 2″ is boring, outdated, and predictable. Any team that lands this guy is doomed!
    Best of luck!!!

  41. immafubared says: Dec 31, 2012 7:45 PM

    I think when we have an abundance of black coaches the Rooney rule should be done away with until all the coaches are black then we MUST insist they interview one white person.

  42. tluke25 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:46 PM

    Of course all those teams asked him to come in for an interview. Who else did you think they would ask instead? Dennis Green? Herm Edwards?

  43. dadawg77 says: Dec 31, 2012 7:46 PM

    Lovie’s problem was he didn’t focus on the offense enough. The Bears were the number one defense this year and alleys were a top defense during his tenure. Just he never got his offense to be good.

    As a Bears fan hoping the new staff keeps the four three for at least a few years.

  44. dafc0n says: Dec 31, 2012 7:50 PM

    With the Bears ownership family being what it is, and the team persona they insist on retaining, this job is bad news, no one could make it work. Lovie will be successful somewhwere else no problem. The bears join the ranks of Detroit, Dallas, Oakland, and a few others, who until ownership is changed, will not likely win a superbowl!

  45. judsonjr says: Dec 31, 2012 7:53 PM

    I am a Packer fan and couldn’t believe Tice got promoted. I think it was 2010 where he got a lot of credit for “turning the line around”, but he really only took them from worst (4 sacks a game) to bad (3 sacks a game).

    I won’t miss Lovie being gone from the Bears. To me it felt like every game against them was a game where the Packers looked pretty good moving the ball, but never had the points to show. And then at some point the Bears would force a couple key turnovers to keep them in the game.

    I mean take the NFCCG in 2010. The Bears were in it to the end and things might have been different if Rodgers doesn’t trip Urlacher up on the INT return. Additionally Sam Shields had a career day with 2 INT, a sack, and a fumble…not really something you could count on from the Green Bay side.

  46. bayoor75 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:01 PM

    I do like Lovie but, for some reason, he was unable to get the Bears into the playoffs frequently…even though he had one of the best defenses each season. I hope he gets another chance and succeeds this time.

  47. illinininer says: Dec 31, 2012 8:06 PM

    I’m sorry, but what stacked Bears team did Lovie underachieve with? He has always gotten the most out of what he had. He was fired because he was never given recievers and hasn’t had an offensive line since the Super Bowl.

    This guy coached a team that won the NFC with Rex Grossman. Think about that.

  48. bills56shout says: Dec 31, 2012 8:07 PM

    I would LOVE to see Lovie take control of the Bills defense. I bet he can work wonders with all that young talent (Gilmore, Dareus, Sheppard, Byrd, Aaron Williams)

  49. ken0west says: Dec 31, 2012 8:09 PM

    I think Smith is getting the interviews because of the Rooney Rule only in part, if the rule did not exist he would still be getting the same type of interviews although maybe not as rapidly, and this shows a flaw that is developing in the rule.

    If the rule is going to stand it should be updated to required that teams interview a minority candidate who has not perviously held a NFL head coaching position. That will bring new blood into the process, and that I believe was the intent of the rule in the first place.

  50. tatum064 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:10 PM

    irodex says:
    Dec 31, 2012 7:09 PM
    …because of the Rooney rule

    =========

    Because he’s a proven coordinator thats been the Super Bowl, nit wit.

  51. boondocksaint7 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:11 PM

    He is an excellent defensive coach and a quality human being. I only hope he gets a fair shot at another head coaching job and just Rooney ruled.

  52. wahoo21 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:14 PM

    You Chicago fans don’t get it…..you will never, ever win with Jay Cutler at QB

  53. beedubyatoo says: Dec 31, 2012 8:16 PM

    rickditka says:Dec 31, 2012 7:41 PM

    maybe lovie can explain calling timeout less than two into the game on sunday.

    ————————————-
    Maybe Cutler can explain how he can’t get the ball snapped in 25 seconds after the ref starts the play clock. Happens every week.

  54. greysolon says: Dec 31, 2012 8:16 PM

    Perfect for the Rooney Rule– He can fulfill the minority requirement but it allows teams to not be so obvious about it– like the usual minority coordinator or DB coach obligatory interview.

    This was a stupid rule. It makes people look at minority coaches as tokens.

  55. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 8:17 PM

    Unbelievable. He’s a minority so he must be there to satisfy the Rooney Rule. Seriously if you were going to make a joke of the Rooney Rule, why wouldn’t just get some DIII team’s Special Teams coach with a year’s experience?

    The only people making a joke out of the Rooney Rule are you all that jump to this stupid conclusion.

  56. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 8:18 PM

    I would hate to see him and Kansas City. Great defense but whatever QB they draft’s career will go downhill from day 1 or better yet, they’ll draft the next Urlacher in the kid from Notre Dame.

  57. howiehandles says: Dec 31, 2012 8:20 PM

    I doubt that he’s getting interviews because of the Rooney rule, but because the success he had in Chicago would be better received with some of these other franchises.

    If Tom Landry can get fired, so can Lovie. Nine years, and no playoffs 5 of last 6. Most teams won’t give a coach as long as the Bears gave Lovie.

    It was time for a change. If anything, Emery gave Lovie the opportunity to interview for all the opportunities now, instead of dropping him in a week.

  58. tommytd says: Dec 31, 2012 8:27 PM

    Lovie would probably make an excellent DC but he’s not HC material. When it came to the Bears, the brighter the lights and the bigger the game, the more they embarrassed themselves. Need an example…just look at the last Frisco game…what a meltdown!

  59. tubbman27 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:31 PM

    Rooney rule. This guy stinks. The cover 2 is dead.

  60. tommytd says: Dec 31, 2012 8:32 PM

    maybe lovie can explain calling timeout less than two into the game on sunday.

    ————————————-
    Maybe Cutler can explain how he can’t get the ball snapped in 25 seconds after the ref starts the play clock. Happens every week.
    ——————————————————-
    Maybe Tice can explain how an offensive line can’t seem to provide enough blocking for a RB to score after multiple 1st & goal opportunities all season long.

  61. tommytd says: Dec 31, 2012 8:36 PM

    I would LOVE to see Lovie take control of the Bills defense. I bet he can work wonders with all that young talent (Gilmore, Dareus, Sheppard, Byrd, Aaron Williams)
    _________________________________
    Yea, he can follow in Dick Jauron’s footsteps over to the Bills. We all know how well that went! He got fired by the Bears and really “took control” in Buffalo.

  62. trapshoot says: Dec 31, 2012 8:36 PM

    He will land a new head coach job. Too good not to.

  63. tommytd says: Dec 31, 2012 8:39 PM

    I’d love to see him in Philly. The media will just tear him up when he goes through one of his typical weekly, mealy-mouthed press conferences. He’s good enough to keep you at a little over .500 but he’ll never win the big game, he can’t adjust his game plans, he gets outcoached and his players love him because he nevers holds them accountable and runs a Club Med training camp.
    __________________________________
    Well stated Doc – I think you nailed it!

  64. haroldkahoney says: Dec 31, 2012 8:50 PM

    Why would any team want the best defensive minded coach in the NFL? defense is so overrated………..said nobody ever… Bears made a big mistake here.

  65. srt9 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:56 PM

    these comments just verify the rooney rule is racist and humiliating to black coaching candidates

  66. practicesquadprobowler says: Dec 31, 2012 8:58 PM

    I think Lovie only made the playoffs three times in nine years as Chicago HC…but he always, or usually, had them play above expectations. They should of kept him. Many,many, people in Pittsburgh wanted them to get rid of Cowher and then he finally won a Super Bowl.

    Lastly, Lovie was most associated with the “Tampa-2″ Cover 2 defense. If you watched the Bears, they ran a lot of man combination the last two years or so…and still had a good defense. When the game changes, and you adapt with it and still succeed…that means you’re a goodcoach. Lovie Smith is a good coach.

  67. btwicey says: Dec 31, 2012 9:04 PM

    Smith is a proven very good nfl coach, I think chargers or eagles would be great fits . Watch this space

  68. vltrophy14 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:06 PM

    We can

    We can expect da bears to miss the playoffs again for the next couple yrs. the following statement will be from the next Bears HC. “My first goal is to beat the Packers. My 2nd goal is to win a Super Bowl.” Lovie’s a decent HC but most if these teams stink. They’re records were pathetic.

  69. itsthemelman82 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:17 PM

    Any idiotic “so called” Bears fan that has a problem w/ Lovie’s defensive scheme should be ignore for 2 reasons:

    1. The cover 2 is the base but isn’t always what the use when the ball is snapped

    2. The Bears D was DOMINANT early this season

    …Point is, his Defense WORKS!! Hopefully, His next team has a good OC. If so, KC, Buffalo, Cle etc… You gonna get a very good HC

  70. jbaxt says: Dec 31, 2012 9:21 PM

    If it was for the rooney rule wouldn’t they be after Crennel? Being that he’s never even sniffed the playoffs?

  71. tecmobowl34 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:32 PM

    Wow, there’s a lot of racist people who comment here.

  72. dolphins512 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:40 PM

    Lovie is a good solid coach. I think he is generating interest because of his prior successess, not because he is a minority candidate.

    He will be a HC in the NFL next year.

  73. tecmobowl34 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:41 PM

    Why does it bother people if its because of the Rooney rule…why does this affect your life somehow

  74. isuhuskie says: Dec 31, 2012 10:08 PM

    No one seems to be mentioning (and it has been reported) that Lovie could have had a two-year extension earlier this year, but he wanted more years.

    So Lovie has no one to blame but himself; there is no way the Bears (or most other NFL teams) would have dismissed a guy they had just signed to contract extension.

    Smith will find other work; not every team is going to get their 1st or even 2nd choice and Lovie will look like a better option than an “Assistant Coach Choice D.” But Emery had little choice; the clock is going to start ticking on him and he may as well have it be with his guy. Lovie’s record just wasn’t good enough for Emery to stick HIS neck out.

  75. ribone1 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:13 PM

    As a Bears fan, I am happy to see Lovie gone. Bottom line, he is a very lousy in-game coach. The team wastes timeouts – at least a couple in the first quarter. His challenges are horrible. He does not make any halftime adjustments.

    He makes bad decisions – like the 4th down call to go for it this year against Seattle in the beginning of the 2nd quarter. I knew that would come back to haunt the Bears. On top of it all, the bears ran it when they were getting anything on the ground.

    His bend but not break defense that relies on turnovers counts on luck and mistakes by other teams. This works great against bad teams, but stinks against a good offense.

    While he was not the GM, he had a hand in very poor drafts.

    Lovie needs a pulse. He stands there like a mope when he needs to work the refs and fire up the team.

    In the end, he was very average, and that does not bring championships.

    He seems like a good person, but he is not great coach. He was unable to hide behind another coordinator getting fired again

  76. arson81 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:34 PM

    Jay Cutler “Coach Killer”!!!!

  77. dietrich43 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:03 PM

    If he had a good front office, he might have won a Title. He went to the Superbowl with Rex Grossman. And he was in one of the consistently tough divisions with Green Bay, and even the Vikes and Lions have had their moments.

  78. Canyonero says: Dec 31, 2012 11:13 PM

    Of course he did. I’m surprised it wasn’t 5.

  79. azbearsfan says: Dec 31, 2012 11:13 PM

    The best thing the packers could do for me is fire McCarthy and hire Lovie.

  80. edithpiaf51 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:16 PM

    it seems odd that lovie smith is being fired even though his team made the playoffs and beat out my ny giants for the wild card spot ;(

  81. willbeking says: Dec 31, 2012 11:48 PM

    Anybody bringing up the Rooney Rule ought to just shut up. Smith has enough on his resume to simple be of interest to teams. The actual abuse of the Rooney Rule is that every damn time a black coach gets interviewed a bunch of half-wits think it is some kind of affirmative action thing. He is qualified for the damn job. The Bears have had four OCs in five years, really great for a stable offense. Their O-line is crappy at best, and as far as I know Smith didn’t make the personnel decisions for the Bears. Not saying it wasn’t time for a change, but he isn’t being talked to for the RR.

  82. philtration says: Jan 1, 2013 12:07 AM

    illinininer says:
    Dec 31, 2012 8:06 PM
    I’m sorry, but what stacked Bears team did Lovie underachieve with? He has always gotten the most out of what he had. He was fired because he was never given recievers and hasn’t had an offensive line since the Super Bowl.

    This guy coached a team that won the NFC with Rex Grossman. Think about that.
    ================================

    This guy insisted that “Rex is our Quarterback” no matter how much he was stinking up the place.
    Think about that.

  83. canesfan56 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:20 AM

    I will bet you anything that Lovie is not a fan of the Rooney rule.

  84. cubsisles72 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:21 AM

    The NFL is comprised of 78% black players, yet there is no affirmative action Rooney rule calling for more white and Latino players. Why does it not work both ways?

  85. deetrain11 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:23 AM

    For ALL of the people who say that the “Rooney Rule” is so stupid, racist, and outdated…..you should
    know that if it WASN’T for that rule existing, there wouldn’t be as many black coaches in the league today. THINK about college football……NO TYPE OF ROONEY RULE, BUT YET MANY MORE HEAD COACHING POSITIONS, THAT ARE STILL
    ABOUT 99.9% HELD BY WHITE COACHES. But I’m sure that the people crying about the RR, are white people that believe that the owners would have even STARTED hiring minorities on their own in the first place. Al Davis was different now. It ALWAYS happens. Bears were TERRIBLE before Lovie got there. 10 wins and gone. T Dungy/TB flashback. Set it up for somebody else after bring franchise back from the dead. Then maybe we’ll let u coach another bottom feeding team. Dennis Green did the same thing in MN/AZ.

  86. flik44 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:25 AM

    Dude went to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman at the helm. Put him in the Hall.

  87. charlescub80 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:52 AM

    @ kir

    Cubs and bears have nothing to do with one another. Move on meatball.

  88. lionsplayoffs says: Jan 1, 2013 1:14 AM

    When you clearly have a winning record as an NFL coach, teams want you. It seems more so when you’re a defensive guru. Good for him.

  89. tdk24 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:47 AM

    If we are assuming he’s on the docket for a HC job, Buffalo makes sense.

  90. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Jan 1, 2013 2:45 AM

    Personally, im pulling for Josh McDaniels to get the Chicago gig.

    The first meeting with Marshall and Cutler would be entertaining.

  91. machoawesome says: Jan 1, 2013 3:00 AM

    Dear Bears, please hire Gruden. Thanks, Minnesota.

  92. 3yardsndust says: Jan 1, 2013 5:04 AM

    Time to end the Rooney rule.

  93. daryllh says: Jan 1, 2013 5:05 AM

    don’t ever feel sorry for coaches and ‘their families’. they are able to make millions the day the pink slip arrives.

  94. lionsgonewild says: Jan 1, 2013 6:37 AM

    Hire Marinelli,,,
    he was great in Detroit.

  95. punkyqb says: Jan 1, 2013 8:00 AM

    wahoo21 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:14 PM

    You Chicago fans don’t get it…..you will never, ever win with Jay Cutler at QB
    —————————————————————
    If Cutler is the problem,
    how many Superbowls did the Bears win before he came along. Answer 1 and that was over 25 years ago.Cutler may not be a “franchise qb”but he’s still the best qb the bears have had for decades.

  96. bribos says: Jan 1, 2013 9:18 AM

    We gonna start out the year playin monkey see monkey do? WTH people?!? Just because the author mentions the Rooney rule DOES NOT mean that 6 teams are looking to use it. What 6 teams expressing interest in a coach, ANY COACH means that they are looking at his exploits, not to exploit him. Come on man! For a couple of seasons Lovie’s defense was compared to the great Bears defenses of the past. That he has been saddled with a mope of an underachieving quarterback is not being mentioned. Why not? If you Cutler lovers out there really believe that Lovie Smith was the problem this season since they started out 7 and 1 you are delusional. Why was one guy, “Peanut’Tillman the only name you ever heard on defense? Because he was THE ONLY GUY playin! If a defense falling apart and a bad quarterback are reasons to fire a coach then there should be about 25 jobs open…not just 6.

  97. pksullivanmph says: Jan 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    Shuffle off to Buffalo Lovie. @footballady52. 🏉

  98. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 11:11 AM

    bribos says:

    “If you Cutler lovers out there really believe that Lovie Smith was the problem this season since they started out 7 and 1 you are delusional. Why was one guy, “Peanut’Tillman the only name you ever heard on defense? Because he was THE ONLY GUY playin! If a defense falling apart and a bad quarterback are reasons to fire a coach then there should be about 25 jobs open…not just 6.”

    First of all, Jay Cutler (29-13 in his last 42 starts) was not the problem, without him the Bears go 6-10 instead of 10-6…And Tillman was great, but so were Jennings, Melton, and Peppers.

    Not me who’s delusional.

  99. chilechipotle says: Jan 1, 2013 2:11 PM

    Go Bears!!!

    Although Chicago was no longer a good fit for Lovie, He is A great coach. When things get stale, it’s time to go. Not making playoffs 5 out of last 6 years does not secure anyone’s job. Good luck Lovie, hope you don’t beat us to the Super Bowl!

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