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Mike Ditka calls the Bears “stupid” for firing Lovie Smith

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Former Bears coach Mike Ditka is not happy that Lovie Smith got the boot following a 10-6 finish in 2012.

Ditka called the Bears “stupid” for making the decision, noting that if the Packers had beaten the Vikings on Sunday afternoon, Smith would be preparing to coach the Bears in a playoff game on Sunday. According to Ditka, it makes no sense to fire a coach who would be in the playoffs were it not for the results of another game.

“If Minnesota would have lost last night and the Bears were in the playoffs this wouldn’t have happened. That’s a fact. So how stupid is it then? It really is stupid,” Ditka said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “If they would have made the playoffs this would not have happened. They did what they did. They took care of their business and Minnesota played a great game against Green Bay.”

Ditka believes the Bears’ ownership should have thought more about the team’s 7-1 start and less about the 3-5 finish.

“I think Lovie is a very good coach,” Ditka said.

He may be, and he’s reportedly already drawing interest from several other teams. In which case he may soon be a very good coach for some other team.

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  1. FinFan68 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:50 AM

    Lovie is a good coach but that team missed the playoffs 5 out of the last 6 years and started 7-1 this year. The Vikings/Packers game result should not have made a difference. It did because the Bears failed to take care of business and that cost him his job. Good coach but change was needed.

  2. mikey77750 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:50 AM

    Well then Mike, get in there and coach this team, you were the last great coach they had, give it one more run to try to get the Bears going…as a Packers fan, I would enjoy another replay game that you go crazy over to this day…

  3. schmokes says: Jan 1, 2013 8:50 AM

    If Lovie had considered the packers game a “must win” then the bears wouldn’t have had to get help from the vikes to get into the playoffs. It was the right choice.

  4. rogerbrad says: Jan 1, 2013 8:51 AM

    i have to agree with Ditka. Chicago screwed up with this decision. Bring Lovie to Houston…

  5. cwillz13 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:51 AM

    I’d have to agree with Ditka.. I didn’t see this coming at all

  6. theageofquarrel says: Jan 1, 2013 8:54 AM

    Just Stop It!!!!!

  7. cup1981 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:55 AM

    Ditka is 100-percent right here. Lovie will land somewhere and perform well.

  8. stevenray72 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:56 AM

    I am sure George McCaskey will consult with Ditka going forward on the decisions that he makes for his franchise.

  9. jp4120 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:56 AM

    another insightful comment from ditka, about his friend lovey. who cares what dopey ditka has to say….he basically hasn’t said anything interesting in 20 years on TV.

  10. tim2200 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:56 AM

    Mike Ditka hates the move = GOOD firing by the Bears.

  11. flavordave says: Jan 1, 2013 8:59 AM

    Hey Schotty was fired after going 13-3 with the Chargers. Stupid has never gotten in the way of smart people doing stupid things

  12. gobears84 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:59 AM

    I don’t think it’s necessary to poke holes on Lovie Smith, however to make him out as some transcendent coach is false. Here are the facts:

    One playoff appearance in the last six seasons

    Lost 8 of the last 9 to the Packers, and 6 straight losses

    Started 7-3 and 7-1 the last two seasons and missed the playoffs. Has a career 17-19 record I’m December.

    Has has over 25 staff changes in 8 seasons, including running Ron Rivera out of town for Bob Babich, whom lasted one season before Lovie demoted him to LB coach. 4 offensive coordinators, 3 since we acquired Cutler.

    The list goes on and on. The guy is a good person and a good coach, the fact is he just can’t beat the top level teams and it is proven in his record as he is sub .500 against teams with winning records. I wish him the best of luck, he certainly can help another team competitive week in and week out.

  13. hbegley6672 says: Jan 1, 2013 8:59 AM

    And if the Bears had won one more game…. How stupid is that? 6 out of 9 years no playoffs.

  14. huskerguy says: Jan 1, 2013 9:03 AM

    Oh Ditka… You know this is a “what have you done for me lately” world. It’s how you finish, not start.

    Maybe it was the loss of the North crown after being up 3 games, maybe it was the horrible play down the stretch, maybe it was the whole idea that it shouldn’t have come down to one game.

    Big picture here… But one thing I agree, someone is going to get a good coach.

  15. jasons81 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:04 AM

    If the Bears are stupid then what does that make the Chargers for firing Shotty after a 14-2 season?

  16. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 1, 2013 9:05 AM

    Everything about this city and team is a failure – except Walter Payton.

  17. charlescub80 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:05 AM

    Pretty funny Ditka calling someone stupid. Anyway, yes he is a good coach, no he would not have led the Bears to another Super Bowl. He could not recruit the correct offensive coordinators to get the job done. End of story….

  18. packerfaninsandiego says: Jan 1, 2013 9:06 AM

    Sorry Mike,your reasoning holds no water…….all they had to do was win one of the other games that they lost, and thy wouldbe 11-5,don’t use the last game of the season as an excuse.

  19. kev86 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    When ya put it like that, ditka sounds right. Not knowing all the facts I have to assume this firing was layers thick.

  20. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:08 AM

    Smith wasn’t getting the job done lately. Yet another collapse, couldn’t beat Green Bay, and offense wasn’t working. Since the Super Bowl, he’s only made the playoffs 1 time.

    Hey Ditka, it’s not a dominating defense or a prolific offense that win you championships. It’s balance.

  21. firejerry says: Jan 1, 2013 9:09 AM

    The bottom line was his “offense” was a joke and he never won the games he had to win like Green Bay.

  22. thebadguyswon says: Jan 1, 2013 9:14 AM

    Same situation as Andy Reid. It was just time for a change. Smith saw his team fade two consecutive years. And they could NEVER beat Green Bay, which is a death sentence when you’re the coach in Chicago.

  23. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 9:15 AM

    Loved Da Coach back in the day, but I think he is being Da-lusional (sorry) in this case. Saying the McCaskey’s should have focused on the team’s hot start rather than their 2nd.-half collapse is like saying the last voyage of the Titanic was really not that bad, if you ignore that whole ‘hitting-the-iceberg’ part.

  24. wrossi81 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:15 AM

    The Bears had a coach entering the last year of his contract – if they didn’t extend him or fire him, he was going to be a lame duck. How can you extend a coach who’s only been to the playoffs once in the last six seasons and has watched his team collapse at the end of the last two?

  25. allhedoesiscatchtouchdowns says: Jan 1, 2013 9:15 AM

    Actually Mike, the Bears didn’t take care of business or they would be in the playoffs.

  26. teal379 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:16 AM

    According to Ditka, it makes no sense to fire a coach who would be in the playoffs were it not for the results of another game.

    Not that I’m sticking up for Chicago but maybe it’s better to not have your playoff chances hinge on OTHER teams getting you in. It’s better to be good enough to go in based on what YOU did as a team.

    Fact is, Lovie could have done that and didn’t. 7-1

    Or there are some football folks that realized, getting 60 to 70 % of your points every week from defense is NO way to build a winner unless you’re scoring 28 to 34 points on offense too.

    You can not rely on other people to screw up so you can win. You can not rely on other teams to get you to the playoffs.

    I like Mike but let’s be real – I’d not as a guy who gave it all up for Sticky Ricky about “good football decisions”.

  27. ripster65 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:17 AM

    “They did what they did. They took care of their business and Minnesota played a great game against Green Bay.”
    ———————
    C’MON MAN! They lost 5 of their last 8. I’m not so sure they did take care of their business. You shouldn’t have to count on everyone else sucking to put you at the top of the heap. That being said, of all coaches who got canned Lovie was probably the last I’d have thought would get the boot.

  28. bears1985 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:17 AM

    He has missed the playoffs the last 6 out of his last 9 years & and is 1-8 vs the packers since 2009, yeah dumb move!!

  29. sausage9724 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:22 AM

    ditka is the worst TV personality I have ever seen… I refuse to watch when ever he is on because it infuriates me to hear his terrible opinion

  30. crash1582 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:23 AM

    He’s a great coach and will be valuable to another team. I take issue with Ditka’s quote stating if the Vikings had lost, the bears were a playoff team. You should not be in a position where you have other teams dictate weather or not your in the playoffs, especially after a 7-1 start.

  31. insertnamehere2 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:24 AM

    DITTTCKA!!

  32. butkus54 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:24 AM

    It doesn’t make any sense unless the Bears ownership had decided to make a coaching change long before the end of the season.
    Love is a well respected coach. He will not be out of a job long … but for whatever reason the Bears were underachieving under him lately and it cost him his job. He’s not alone judging by the body count. I can’t remember this many Head Coaches losing their jobs at one time … welcome to the new NFL.

  33. scoops1 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:30 AM

    Stupid is not giving the ball to Walter Payton in the SB so he can score a TD

  34. 4dabears says: Jan 1, 2013 9:32 AM

    What’s stupid is trading your whole draft for Ricky Williams.

  35. movaughnsanis says: Jan 1, 2013 9:32 AM

    This firing is trrrrble. Ditka is absolutla correck. Does anyone know if they can re-interview Lovie to fulfill the Roony-Roo?

  36. justafanofitall says: Jan 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    Think firing Lovie was a mistake….the problem in Chicago is Cutler. The whole team winning/losing rides on his shoulders. He is like Romo you never know who coming to play any given Sunday. So is that the QB Coach fault, play calling or Cutler’s attitude.

  37. docsweeney says: Jan 1, 2013 9:40 AM

    It’s time to start over. You bring Lovie back for one more year, it’s the same results. It’s time to start turning over the roster and taking a new philosophical standpoint on both the O and the D. Remember, definition of insanity……. that would be one more year of Lovie, Meathead and Rod.

  38. packerpauly says: Jan 1, 2013 9:43 AM

    Ditka is showing loyalty here…but little common sense. The NFL is a business, and if a coach isn’t producing, he is going to be gone. Look at his record over the last six years and that last two season “late-fades”. As a Packers fan, I would’ve loved to see Lovie stay, but I recognized what the Bears’ management saw…it was time for a change. Unfortunately for the Bears, they may take a step or two backwards in the W-L record before heading forwards again. I also feel a little bit sorry for Cutler. This is going to mean another new offensive coordinator, and another new system to get to know.

  39. 1bucfan813 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:43 AM

    Every year either Cutler, or Forte get hurt. This is the first year the had a 1000 yd WR in more than 7 years. Every year he has a different offensive coordinator. The guy managed what he could with the pieces he is done. Cutler is not an elite Qb is not even a top 20 Qb. Granted they have a better chance of winning with him but also a better chance losing. If Cutler would’ve matured, theBears would’ve been champs at least 2 times while Smith was coaching.

  40. bspurloc says: Jan 1, 2013 9:59 AM

    Cutler getting injured was Loveys fault too….
    .

  41. comeonnowguys says: Jan 1, 2013 10:00 AM

    1) Ditka’s a joke.

    2) It’s apparent how lacking the Bears coverage has been outside of the Midwest. Anyone who actually follows the Bears shouldn’t be surprised.

  42. alwaysr1ght says: Jan 1, 2013 10:20 AM

    Will the Bears win at least 10 games next season?

  43. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 10:22 AM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 1, 2013 9:05 AM

    “Everything about this city and team is a failure – except Walter Payton.”

    Your user name labels you an idiot, and your posts just prove the point…Something tells me even your fellow Steelers fans don’t like you.

  44. ickky says: Jan 1, 2013 10:25 AM

    Pretty knee jerk to fire a coach after a 10 win season.

  45. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 10:29 AM

    justafanofitall says: Jan 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    “Think firing Lovie was a mistake….the problem in Chicago is Cutler. The whole team winning/losing rides on his shoulders. He is like Romo you never know who coming to play any given Sunday. So is that the QB Coach fault, play calling or Cutler’s attitude.”

    Uh-huh…I’ll grant you that Cutler needs to be more consistent, especially early in games, but you can’t argue the fact that he is 29-13 in his last 42 starts…A lot of teams wish they had that problem.

  46. thebadguyswon says: Jan 1, 2013 10:34 AM

    If you can’t beat Green Bay, you can’t remain Bears coach. Smith said he would beat Green Bay in his introductory press conference. He didn’t do it enough.

  47. maybenextyearbrowns says: Jan 1, 2013 10:36 AM

    Big mistake. What about the gm putting together that awful o-line. Get a o-line and Bears would be tough.

  48. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 10:37 AM

    butkus54 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:24 AM

    “It doesn’t make any sense unless the Bears ownership had decided to make a coaching change long before the end of the season.”

    According to Jim Miller at CSN Chicago, the decision was actually made after the 2nd. loss to the Packers.

  49. bearsfan4life says: Jan 1, 2013 10:42 AM

    2-6* – The Bears record against this years playoff teams. The asterisk is 1 win was against a rookie QB playing in his first NFL game.

    1 – The number of times the Bears have been in the playoffs since their superbowl loss. The lone playoff victory was against the worst team to ever get into the playoffs.

    9 – The number of years he had to get someone to fix the offense.

    Who can forget Ced Benson, that was a Lovie Smith pick.
    The safety position has been lacking since Mike Brown.
    His best guys on defense were Bears before he got here.
    Why wouldn’t he fight to keep Thomas Jones?
    How many coaching scapegoats did he have when the defense underperformed?
    And who can forget how stupid he was with the challenge flag?

    I liked Lovie a lot, but he wore out his welcome.

  50. 85pmart says: Jan 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

  51. tommytd says: Jan 1, 2013 10:44 AM

    What’s with all the angst about a coach losing his job in the NFL. It’s not like any of them will end up on unemployment like the rest of us. The NFL is the original good-old-boy network and always has been. Lovie won’t starve…he’ll end up on a sideline somewhere in some capacity or he’ll end up in a broadcast booth. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over his ouster. If you want to feel bad, feel bad for the thousands of Bears fans forking over hard-earned $$$ sitting year-after-year watching one of the most inept organizations in the NFL. Feel bad about that! As far as the Chicago Bears organization is concerned – they’re the original gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

  52. shutupbrees says: Jan 1, 2013 10:49 AM

    Lovie can’t beat the Packers. They need to bring in someone who can.

  53. scoops1 says: Jan 1, 2013 10:54 AM

    Ray Rhodes is on line 2

  54. rgthrizzle says: Jan 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    Bears have a good enough team for a great coach to come in and take them to the super bowl. Perfect situation for Gruden or Cowher to take over this team like Gruden did with Dungys Bucs. If they get a coach like that Ditka will have to eat his words

  55. mjkelly77 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:09 AM

    … and [Lovie Smith’s] reportedly already drawing interest from several other teams … __________________

    Rooney Rule. The smart teams are getting it out of the way.

  56. schmedley69 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    I love Ditka as a football personality, but I wouldn’t want him running my team, because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  57. butkus54 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:21 AM

    larryboodry says:

    I think the Bears had lost 4 out of 5 games leading up to that second loss to the Packers , so I can believe that Miller is probably right.
    Oh and by the way your Titanic analogy was one of the best posts I’ve seen in a long time …classic.

  58. John A. says: Jan 1, 2013 11:25 AM

    Ditka is probably right: had the Vikings lost, Smith would still be the Bears HC.

    But they didn’t. And you can place blame for being in that position (where one win by another team decides your job fate) squarely on Smith and no one else.

    It’s like whenever one call seems to go against a team and they lose: there are always *plenty* of other opportunities that were missed that could have obviated the need for that call to go that team’s way to win them the game.

    Smith had five seasons of the last six where he had 16 games in each that each played a part in his team making the playoffs or not. And in those five seasons he failed.

    He missed the playoffs five times in the last six seasons, end of story. For Ditka to apparently not acknowledge that is cherry-picking an awful lot.

  59. lks311 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:28 AM

    I applaud the Bears management for a a “Super Bowl or Bust” attitude, but, the most likely scenario here is that the Bears will be worst, not better in ’13. The biggest problem was finding Lovie a competent OC. Other than that, the Bears were set.

  60. fanofevilempire says: Jan 1, 2013 11:34 AM

    when Ditka says ya stupid guess what, ya stupid.
    Lovie will get another job.

    and as the Chicago gm says, they will win championships….. as in more than one.

    oh boy!

  61. khmer379 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:38 AM

    Lovie is a good coach but i pretty much agree with what everybody is saying as a viking fan am happy that we found a coach that can beat the packers n take us to the playoff in his second year with of course help from AP

  62. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 11:44 AM

    @butkus54…Thanks…(-:

  63. howiehandles says: Jan 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    Ditka calling this stupid, that’s rich. I guess he recognizes stupid, as he traded his entire draft for Ricky Williams.

    This is the same coach who if he could developed even an average QB, outside of the one year McMahon was healthy, they could have probably won at least one more Superbowl.

    To use Ditka’s own words on the furor by some over Lovie’s firing, “this too shall pass.”

  64. chattanola says: Jan 1, 2013 12:05 PM

    I think Ditka loves to use the word stupid.

  65. eagles512 says: Jan 1, 2013 12:05 PM

    Lovie is a good coach but ditka’s reasoning is flat out stupid. By his thinking, the bears could have had the top seed if the top 6 had all lost 7 games.

  66. ksctychiefs says: Jan 1, 2013 12:16 PM

    chiefs fan here…….bring lovie to kansas city!!!…..our gain,the bears loss…..

  67. lifelongbrownsfan says: Jan 1, 2013 12:26 PM

    It seems like the only franchise in the NFL that doesn’t panic just because the team didn’t make the playoffs is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they are perrennial winners who will likely be back in the hunt next season. Why do you suppose that is? Because the ownership and management of the team recognize that stability breeds consistency, which breeds winning. As a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, I can tell you the grass is almost NEVER greener.

  68. ronin36 says: Jan 1, 2013 1:07 PM

    Lovie Smith was/is a great coach.

    But he was also a lame duck…

    The GM wanted is own guy for the job. And he had only a couple years on his contract…

    They had to settle for Mike Martz 2 years ago, and Mike Tice last year. No O.C. worth a darn was going to sign on for a short-term deal.

    Now, at least, hopefully he’s learned a bit. He can go someplace with a new sense of security. (As much as there is for an NFL head coach) And maybe get a good OC. And a GM that can provide a little stability. And he can build a good balanced team.

  69. iowahbr says: Jan 1, 2013 1:08 PM

    Lovie’s calling the last Packers game not a must win was the coffin nail along with the performance against the Pack since 2009. No clear focus on offense plus limited ability to work with the GM on trades or draft picks to improve weak spots. Needed to do a much better job of staffing. Last, but not least, the world’s worst post-game press conferences combined with a way too placid sideline demeanor. While Lovie gets paid no matter what the final score Bears fans want some victories in important games. His too calm sideline appearances when the Bears pull 2 or 3 stupid plays in a row on offense drives Bears fanatics into convolutions.

    In his next gig (which he will get ASAP since he does understand defense) he should remember victories rather than being liked by all the players on the team is the real end goal. A popularity contest it ain’t.

  70. sabatimus says: Jan 1, 2013 1:28 PM

    There was plenty of cause to fire Lovie in previous years when the Bears sucked, but the team stuck with him. And now that he coached a 10-6 team they fire him?

  71. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 1, 2013 1:35 PM

    I have to agree with Dikta on this one.

  72. sabatimus says: Jan 1, 2013 1:37 PM

    For those people who thought it was stupid to fire Schotty after winning all those games in the regular season: Marty had already shown that he has a VERY hard time winning in the playoffs.

    Playoff record (career): 5-13
    Playoff record (in 5 seasons with Chargers): 0-2.

  73. kurtsmommy says: Jan 1, 2013 1:47 PM

    why don’t the fans place the blame toward management? all the coach does is work with the players provided by THEM.

    btw, i have had the ‘pleasure’ of speaking with ted phillips in the past, so i know where one piece of the bear’s problems lay.

    i can just hear halas now.

  74. iowahbr says: Jan 1, 2013 2:30 PM

    After 8 years on the same team if the head coach and the GM couldn’t work better as a team on team building it was Lovie’s job to take his side and make it more public. That might not be his style but look where it got him.
    They get a new GM and what happens on the field. Another 2nd half of the season slide occurs and the Bears continue the poor performance in big games, especially against the Pack. The Bears may have to get worse before they improve but they were on track for continued subtle mediocrity (the land between no play-offs and no first, second or third draft choices in the 1st round) under Lovie.

  75. vikingsgohard says: Jan 1, 2013 4:11 PM

    I agree with ditka also …. Regardless of the last five years injuries hard a lot to do with the lack of wins and post season .. Point is what coach can come in a do better then Lovie

  76. kinguga says: Jan 1, 2013 5:41 PM

    Making the playoffs three times in nine seasons is not good enough. No franchise should be fine with that. Lovie was lucky to have survived as long as he did.

    Good job, Bears. You made the right call.

  77. natefalkirk says: Jan 1, 2013 7:35 PM

    Good move by Chicago. Necessary move too. Gotta beat the Packers to keep that job.

    Ditka misses the point. Even if other teams cooperated, and Bears got into the playoffs, who here thinks they are going anywhere? Squeaking in (thanks to other teams) and promptly losing is hardly any different than not making it anyway.

    Lovie’s failure is not establishing any consistent offense. Forte runs, and Cutler throws to Marshall. That’s all they have. Their record is deceiving….early season their defense excelled at takeaways, later in the season, against better teams, we saw the real Bears.

    I was at the Bears vs Vikes game in early Dec…once Cutler threw 2 picks and put his team in a hole, they never looked like they were coming back. And they didn’t.

  78. thegloriousone says: Jan 1, 2013 9:34 PM

    You guys are worried about playoff wins.

    If Lovie can get the Browns to 8-8, I’d take him tomorrow.

  79. turfrage says: Jan 2, 2013 1:10 AM

    You also don’t keep a guy because you could squeak in on the back of someone else’s loss! Make it yourself!!!!

  80. rockee3 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:18 AM

    If Da Bears had a decent Offensive line , then Lovie would still have his job!

  81. andymaco says: Jan 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    With all the murders in Chicago, Lovie is a lot safer and probably better off..

  82. philtration says: Jan 2, 2013 11:58 AM

    Since Ditka is talking about dumb moves….

    How about giving the ball to William Perry instead of Walter Payton on the goal line in the Super Bowl?

    How about playing Doug Flutie at QB against the Redskins in the 1986 playoffs and throwing away what should have been another Super Bowl championship?

    I am a life long Bears fan but I have no problem in saying shut up and go away Mike.
    Not all of us live in 1985.

  83. philtration says: Jan 2, 2013 12:06 PM

    lifelongbrownsfan says:
    Jan 1, 2013 12:26 PM
    It seems like the only franchise in the NFL that doesn’t panic just because the team didn’t make the playoffs is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they are perrennial winners who will likely be back in the hunt next season. Why do you suppose that is? Because the ownership and management of the team recognize that stability breeds consistency, which breeds winning. As a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, I can tell you the grass is almost NEVER greener.
    ===================================

    Having the same coach for 9 years and then firing him for missing the playoffs 5 of the last 6 seasons is not panic…. it is reality.

  84. mmuhammad95 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:03 PM

    If anybody should have been fired it should have been Jay Cutler. How many times did he quit on the team? To many times that cost them big time Lovie needed a good QB, Now they still need a QB Jay will quite on us again watch and see.

  85. trubearsfan says: Jan 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    Coach Ditka may not be right about alot of things but he chose all the right coaches during his tenure(Buddy Ryan) for example. And Lovie has made the Bears competitive every year. Though we’ve only been to the playoffs once in 7 yrs since the superbowl. We’ve had relatively good seasons where nearly 70% of all other teams haven’t had nearly the competitive nature in the club house as we have. Besides, we did have a 10 win season and where do they fire a coach for that.

  86. wnstonchill says: Jan 2, 2013 7:46 PM

    This is coming from a guy who posed in a tux, standing next to his star RB who was wearing a wedding dress! Ditka’s input on this matter holds no merit at all! He did bring a superbowl to the Bears, and also managed to blow a potential dynasty because he chose to put himself in the limelight rather than stick to the plan and remain humble and hungry enough to win 4 more with that awesome group of players! Ditka brings nothing to the table regarding football insight. His time is passed!

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