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Land rush could be coming for Lovie Smith

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith watches his team play the Green Bay Packers in the first half during the NFL NFC Championship football game in Chicago Reuters

In the NFL, things that work for one team get borrowed by another.  The copycat concept applies not only to X’s and O’s, but also to the men responsible for the X’s and O’s.

After Pete Carroll’s success in Seattle, the pendulum swung back toward college head coaches.  The abject failure of Greg Schiano in Tampa will push the needle away from coaches (college or otherwise) with a my-way-or-my-way style.

And the sudden transformation of the Chiefs from 2-14 to 7-0 via the hiring of one of the newest members of Jon Gruden’s FFCA will make another guy who was fired after the 2012 season even more attractive.

While former Bears coach Lovie Smith didn’t have the same level of sustained success as Andy Reid in Philly, Smith won 84 of 150 games (56 percent), he led the Bears to three playoff berths, a pair of NFC title games, and one Super Bowl appearance in nine seasons on the job.  The Bears also were in contention for the postseason in most of Smith’s seasons, a dynamic that helps keep the home team relevant (and profitable) deep into December.

Smith, who coached linebackers in Tampa under Tony Dungy before becoming the defensive coordinator in St. Louis, would become an obvious choice to stabilize a currently rudderless Buccaneers franchise.  But Smith also could draw significant interest from teams like the Vikings (if they make a change), the Lions (if they make a change), and the Texans (if they make a change . . . why did I keep typing that when I could have just pasted it?).

As owners begin to put together their private wish lists for 2014, Reid’s success in Kansas City will make fired former coaches with a track record of winning games more attractive.  And that could put Smith in position to choose from among multiple jobs.

While the official process won’t begin until January, it would be foolish to assume that teams will wait that long.  And because Smith is a minority candidate, the Bucs technically could hire him as the interim coach for the balance of the season — and then instantly make him the permanent coach in January without conducting any further interviews.

It would be an unconventional move, to be sure.  But that may be the only way for the Buccaneers to beat the other inevitable suitors for Smith’s services to the punch.

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83 Responses to “Land rush could be coming for Lovie Smith”
  1. ingraven says: Oct 25, 2013 10:35 AM

    I thought he would’ve been one of the first people to land a head coaching job this past off-season!!!

  2. amazzing8 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    Well they already have a crap offense. This sounds perfect for Lovie!

  3. stonefish67 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    Lovey is a good DC
    Nothing more.
    If he has anything to do with the offense, PUNT.

  4. riverace19 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    Lovie would be a huge upgrade in Tampa… Not sure how Schiano got hired in the first place

  5. kennyadler1 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:37 AM

    I am a Bears fan and hated to see him go but I also knew we needed a change. Good luck to Lovie wherever he goes, he would do great in Tampa with some already nice pieces on D and some decent pieces on O, hope he gets a job soon!

  6. waldoampere says: Oct 25, 2013 10:37 AM

    The first question for any candidate for the Bucs HC job should be “Are you going to let Revis play man coverage for the entire game or would you like to withdraw yourself from consideration right now?”

  7. FlashPatterson says: Oct 25, 2013 10:38 AM

    I really hope my Vikings do not sign Lovie, he’s a decent coach, but we need a great to incredible coach right now.

  8. johnz59 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:38 AM

    Get me Marty Schottenheimer on the phone!

  9. zerocrew1984 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    What has Lovie Smith been up to this whole year?

  10. wannabear says: Oct 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    A good guy. A good coach who respect his players. That’s why they play hard for him.

  11. mjohnson062 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:40 AM

    Please, please, please Glazers, give us some hope.

  12. Bmorelikeray52 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:40 AM

    This guy got fired after a 10-6 season. If you ask me, it’s a damn shame that he isn’t coaching right now.

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 25, 2013 10:41 AM

    Future headline:
    “Ravens Announce Another Mid-Season Coaching Change”

    Harbs on the hot seat.

  14. countduku says: Oct 25, 2013 10:41 AM

    Any team that gets Lovie Smith, will then soon become a better team.

  15. bucrightoff says: Oct 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    The Bucs are going to be in the exact same position they were when they fired Gruden: Paying two coaches for many years. And as such, the Bucs will probably cheap out on a co-ordinator and hope that works out.

    If somewhow they don’t go that route, forget Lovie, call Gruden and beg him to come back. It was a mistake to fire him in the first place, they should have just fired Bruce Allen and kept Gruden.

  16. thegregwitul says: Oct 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    I’d take Lovie Smith on the Bucs so long as he brought in a strong OC. It would also make sense for Tampa to hire a team president, someone to oversee the cleanup and reshaping of the team.

    The Bucs have plenty of talent and should be in line for a top three pick, which will make the job very appealing.

  17. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 25, 2013 10:44 AM

    He had such great success with the Bears that this makes total sense because everyone here knows the Chiefs will be able to sustain their current run with Reid at the helm. And everyone will have faith in Alex Smith as a starter in the playoffs as he leads them to a Super Bowl.

  18. rextraordinaire says: Oct 25, 2013 10:46 AM

    Just so long as he isn’t allowed to pick his own offensive coordinator.

  19. dprouse says: Oct 25, 2013 10:46 AM

    I have always thought Lovie got a really raw deal in Chicago. He is an excellent coach and a good man, the kind of guy players respect and for whom they would run through a brick wall. Greg Schiano demands respect – Lovie has earned it. The Bucs would indeed be smart to get to the front of the line for his services, but then again if they were smart they never would have fired Gruden…

  20. skoobyfl says: Oct 25, 2013 10:47 AM

    I think Tampa needs to wake up & realize that Münchausen syndrome is a progressive disease.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:47 AM

    The thing I like most about Lovie is how his team lost 6 straight games to the Packers, including the humiliating 2010 NFC Championship game loss on Soldier field.

  22. sowcrates says: Oct 25, 2013 10:52 AM

    The only team you mentioned that is really starved for takeaways is Houston (5 so far this year). In fact, that Houston defense in its entirety is a bit of an anomaly. 1st in pass YPG, 26th in rush YPG, 25th in PPG. Turnovers might be a big part of that puzzle.

    The problem with bringing Lovie to Houston is that he’s going to bring zero valuable input for an offense at a crossroads with Andre Johnson’s age and Schaub’s questionable performance. Worse still, the guy has ZERO offensive connections around the league. Mike Martz was not the first target, and making Mike Tice the OC was never an ideal plan. Lovie couldn’t get anybody to work with him after 2009.

  23. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:53 AM

    Tampa could do worse … and they already are!

  24. clemenza58 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:54 AM

    “Rex is our quaterback….”

  25. tangledupinblue12 says: Oct 25, 2013 10:55 AM

    Allow a Bears fan to weigh in: Lovie is super respectable, and players would play hard for him, and appreciate the way he respects veterans. His defensive scheme is great, he can’t manage timeouts or make halftime adjustments, and dear lord baby Jesus, don’t let him pick the OC.

  26. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    I don’t understand hiring proven losers. ” The Bears also were in contention for the postseason in most of Smith’s seasons.” Are you kidding me? This is somehow a good thing even if he never led a team to, you know, an actual Super Bowl win? Let me be as blunt as possible: there is no way that Andy Reid will ever win a Super Bowl. There is no way that Alex Smith will ever win a Super Bowl. Reid, Smith = Gailey, Norv, Tice, Wade, etc. Losers will always be losers.

  27. ruvelligwebuike says: Oct 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    Lovie’s first presser in Tampa.

    “Our number one goal is going to be to beat the Green Bay Packers.”

  28. jazsrt says: Oct 25, 2013 10:57 AM

    Bmorelikeray52 says:
    Oct 25, 2013 10:40 AM
    This guy got fired after a 10-6 season. If you ask me, it’s a damn shame that he isn’t coaching right now.

    ____________________________________

    Lovie’s crux was always offense. That is why he was let go.

  29. coachkilla6 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:01 AM

    Overrated coach who inherited a great defense but couldn’t improve their offense. Lost to Green Bay nearly every time they played. Had like 6 potential HOF’ers yet only made the playoffs 1 time in 6 years. This is not the guy you want if you actually want a winning franchise.

  30. whodeybacker says: Oct 25, 2013 11:02 AM

    Lovie is a very good coaching candidate. Would Brian Billick swallow his ego and be an OC for him?

  31. kleppnasty says: Oct 25, 2013 11:02 AM

    I won’t disagree that Pete Carroll has had great success in Seattle, but considering he was a prior NFL coach, wouldn’t it be more likely that Jim Harbaugh is the reason for the renewed interest in college coaches? Jim, like Schiano and Chip Kelly, was never an NFL head coach, and in his first two years, he’s had better success than Pete Carroll in an equally unlikely place (unlikely at the time of hire).

  32. shayeezy says: Oct 25, 2013 11:03 AM

    lovie smith is a good coach, but any team that hires him needs a proper guru at OC to manage that side of the ball effectively.

  33. fissels says: Oct 25, 2013 11:04 AM

    Good points, Mike. Players today don’t want boot camp. They want mutual respect,

  34. polegojim says: Oct 25, 2013 11:05 AM

    Lovie is by far the most talented and DESERVES a new opportunity now… after Lovie, the talent level drops significantly!!!

    Question is… will he be in Tampa or Minnesota or Jacksonville???

    I wish I could we get him in D-E-T-R-O-I-T.

    New billboard… DETROIT LOVES LOVIE!

  35. buc8 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:06 AM

    I’d like to see Norv Turner in Tampa.

  36. crazycane says: Oct 25, 2013 11:07 AM

    lol, Lovie and his ancient style of Defense no loner revolves in today’s NFL. His Cover 2 is getting lit up like a Xmas tree all over the place with better QB’s around the league.

    And lets not even talk about how he has zero an eye when it comes to offense.

  37. eljefe322 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:07 AM

    As a Bears fan, I can say two things with absolute certainty – Lovie will develop a good defense. With the guys in Tampa, he could develop a great defense with time and a couple of additional players.

    I can also say with absolute certainty that his offensive coordinator hire needs to be highly scrutinized. Lovie’s offenses were always – with one exception – in the bottom ten of the league. Six of his nine seasons the Bears offense was 26th or worse. I blame Jerry Angelo as much as I blame Lovie; Angelo felt Devin Hester could be a #1 WR – the new regime doesn’t even have him play receiver (the right decision).

    The one exception was 2006, when the Bears’ offense was 15th and they went to the Super Bowl.

    Lovie isn’t an offense guy, just like Ditka wasn’t a defense guy. Once Buddy Ryan left, Ditka had all that talent on defense but never again went to the Super Bowl. It’s a shame Lovie and Trestman couldn’t have worked together because they’d have a great team.

    I like Lovie, but any Bears fan would tell you it was time for him to go because the offense simply could not get anything done. His last six years – in an offense-centered league – they were bottom ten (in yards – points is different because the defense scored so much).

    One thing I do know – he’s way better than Greg Schiano.

  38. sportsfan18 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:10 AM

    Long time Bears fan here, since the 70′s as I’m old. Was born and raised just outside of Chicago.

    The Lovie Years with the Bears.

    9 yrs as head coach. They were above .500 for two consecutive seasons ONCE.

    They were too up and down. 13 – 3 followed by 7 – 9. Then 9 – 7. Then 7 – 9 again.

    He’s a good coach, just not great. With the talent the Bears have had over the yrs, he should have done more with them.

    3 playoff wins & 3 playoff losses…

  39. wjarvis says: Oct 25, 2013 11:15 AM

    I don’t think you can make any comparisons between the Bucs and the Chiefs from last year. The Chiefs underachieved with a talented roster that didn’t have a QB, the Bucs outside of a few players are not very good. I don’t care what you’re opinion of Alex Smith is, you probably know he’s better than Cassel and Quinn by a lot. Andy Reid is getting too much credit for the Chiefs turn around in my opinion, when it’s really just the fact that the offense is no longer a turnover machine.
    Unless the Bucs somehow land an above average QB this offseason, don’t expect much next year, regardless of who’s coaching them.

    Also, Lovie needs to be hired by a team that already has a competent offense, since he’s not capable of producing one himself.

  40. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 25, 2013 11:18 AM

    I’d like to see Chan Gailey in Cleveland.

    I’d like to see Wade Phillips in Houston.

    I’d like to see Norv in Dallas.

    I’d like to see Marty Mornhinweg in Minnesota.

    I’d like to see Brad Childress in Tampa.

  41. itsateamgame says: Oct 25, 2013 11:19 AM

    Packers fan here:

    I think Chicago fans, like Philly fans, go upset with not winning super bowls. Winning seasons were just not enough. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how amazingly difficult it is to put a winning team on the field every year.

    I have nothing but respect for Lovie, and was glad when the Bears let him go. He presented too much of a challenge.

    I absolutely do NOT want Lovie Smith back in the NFCN. Not with Minnesota, and definitely not with Detroit (how has more talent on the roster). He already knows the teams, coaches, players, etc.

    Best wishes to you Lovie, just don’t come back to the division.

    Jim Schwartz, like Wayne Fontes, you can stay around for a while…

  42. eljefe322 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:20 AM

    buc8 says:
    Oct 25, 2013 11:06 AM
    I’d like to see Norv Turner in Tampa.

    —————

    I am surprised you hate Tampa with the name “buc8″…

  43. joefelicelli says: Oct 25, 2013 11:28 AM

    The issue with Lovie was that he was great for a young team, but he was too soft on veteran players. That is why his teams kept missing the playoffs. His players loved him, but he was doing them a disservice in my opinion by not pushing them harder.

    He won a lot of games, but check his record against playoff teams, or teams with winning records. He was 35% against them, and he stopped beating the Packers. That’s what cost him his job in Chicago.

    As far as coaching style, he didn’t care about the offense, and tossed blame towards that side of the ball frequently. He was also way too conservative. He didn’t want his offense to lose the game for him, but he took it too far to where he also didn’t want his offense to win the game either. Hopefully he has learned from his narrow focus and will be better in his next stint.

    For the Bucs if they go that route, as long as he gets an offensive coordinator that can do his own thing, he could be a good head coach. For a young team that needs a stabilizing force, Lovie would be good. For about 3 years, and then he needs to pass it off to a more aggressive coach who can take the team to the next level. Maybe he will change, or align himself with a better coaching staff, but he proved a little too proud with the Bears to make the right decisions for the team. Too loyal to his coaches and players, and too proud to change the way he does things. Great attributes in life and in a person, but sometimes they are bad in business. And above all else, football is big business.

  44. slick1ru2 says: Oct 25, 2013 11:28 AM

    Get him for HC and hire the Texas A&M coach or OC for OC.

  45. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 25, 2013 11:29 AM

    Lovie is from Texas.

    If the Cowboys implode again and miss the playoffs, the best bets are Cowboys or Texans. Cowboys makes sense because Marinelli and Kifflin are already there. No need to change Callahan at OC.

    Texans would be second, Detroit, then Tampa.

  46. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 25, 2013 11:33 AM

    itsateamgame:

    It’s amazing how the self-professed “best fans in football, eh!” know so little about the sport. What part of the Packers’ cleaning the floor with the Bears during the Smith era are you missing? What challenge did he present? It should have been a sad day for you when Smith was fired as all he did was manage an over the hill defense with average players during the last five years of his career. You’re right, though, that it is amazingly hard to put together a winner. There should be a Super Bowl for trying!

  47. asublimeday says: Oct 25, 2013 11:34 AM

    Just good enough to lose you the big games.

  48. scoreatwill says: Oct 25, 2013 11:40 AM

    Why would Smith want to take the Tampa job when all the others you mentioned are better owners with more talent?

  49. fatguystrangler says: Oct 25, 2013 11:43 AM

    I like Lovie Smith as a coach, and was mildly surprised he didn’t get a gig for this year. But then, I see his stats mentioned above. Only 3 playoff appearances in 9 seasons? Wow, he kinda rode that Super Bowl appearance for all it was worth. I guess he has a Jeff Fisher type career trajectory.

  50. realfootballfan says: Oct 25, 2013 11:47 AM

    Yea, where are all those “Lovie Smith was a horrible coach” Bear fans now? Maybe, just maybe, your team isn’t that good and wasn’t most of the latter years he was there, and last time I checked, Lovie Smith didn’t split his coaching duties with scouting and picking players. The Bear defense has went from the strength of that team to a joke. And when I suggested to Bear fans that Trestman would be getting rid of Cutler after year one, any of you still want to take that bet?

    I hope wherever he ends up, he finally gets himself a real QB like his mentor did because having to win with Jay Cutler and Rex Grossman as the answer from management (and doing a fairly good job of it I might add, despite such errors in judgement from management) shouldn’t be wished upon anyone.

  51. gridassassin says: Oct 25, 2013 11:48 AM

    Intriguing. Lovie will get another shot – but it’s all about offense nowadays – certainly not his strength. Good, not great candidate. But an upgrade over 30% of the guys coaching right now.

  52. stevejjones says: Oct 25, 2013 11:48 AM

    I would name Lovie a defensive coordinator or he could be in charge of the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) so he could dole out hugs and kisses to his players. But I’d never make him a head couch. He can’t make adjustments or outscheme an opponent. He can make defensive players play hard and be loyal to him. He needs someone smarter and more willing to law down the law supervising him however.

  53. realdealsteel says: Oct 25, 2013 11:55 AM

    Lovie to Tampa. Book it.

  54. itsateamgame says: Oct 25, 2013 12:02 PM

    ma5terbla5t3r says:

    It’s amazing how the self-professed “best fans in football, eh!” know so little about the sport. What part of the Packers’ cleaning the floor with the Bears during the Smith era are you missing? What challenge did he present? It should have been a sad day for you when Smith was fired as all he did was manage an over the hill defense with average players during the last five years of his career. You’re right, though, that it is amazingly hard to put together a winner. There should be a Super Bowl for trying!

    Lovie’s last 8 years with the Bears had this for wins per season: 11, 13, 7, 9, 7, 11, 8, 10. The worst season was only 7 wins? That is extremely hard to do. He even took the team to the Super Bowl.

    As far as the Packers wiping the floor with the Bears, it is true that they won the last 6 matchups. Here were the scores:
    10-3
    21-14
    27-17
    35-21
    23-10
    21-13
    All 6 of those games were in years 2011-2012. The first one was officially in the 2010 season, and the Packers won the super bowl after barely getting by Chicago 10-3. The Packers went on to be 26-6 in the 2011-2012 seasons. Everybody in the league had problems beating them, not just Chicago. The Bears at least kept it respectable.

    In Lovie’s first 6 games against Green Bay, he went 4-2. That includes a 35-7 and 26-0 (in Green Bay) beatdown.

  55. metalhead65 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:07 PM

    if you want a defensive coach who has no idea that offense is part of the game then lovie is your man. for all the blame grossman took for the bears losing the super bowl he was not the guy who pulled thomas jones after he ran for a 60 td. to be replaced by a rookie who fumbled on his first carry and gave the momentum back to the colts. his idea of offense is have the defense get a turnover and after the offense gets a field goal for the lead hand the ball off the rest of the game. he hired the worst oc’s there were to hire. it is no coincidence Cutler is having his best year since they got him now that lovie is gone. it is like they looked at what he did in denver and said sorry we do not do that here. from running the martz 19 step drop offense that has not worked since the greatest show on turf days to the disaster that was the tice offense lovie has no clue what to do on offense.

  56. conormacleod says: Oct 25, 2013 12:09 PM

    THE VIKINGS?!?!?! That makes absolutely zero sense. Lovie is a defensive minded coach, lousy on offense, lousy at hiring coordinators, has no fire in his belly, no emotions to speak of, didn’t appear to even be coaching during the game, makes zero adjustments during the game. Does this sound like anybody we know? LESLIE FRASIER!!!! So, somebody tell me, why would the Vikings fire their current coach and then hire another coach that would be exactly the same?!

  57. sportnorcal says: Oct 25, 2013 12:15 PM

    I think he is one of those guys that really excels as a coordinator, but maybe isn’t the best as a HC. There are plenty of them around.

    Not everybody is meant to run the show – some are just brilliant Xs and Os guys.

  58. aceben3 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    This would be a GREAT hire. I still don’t know why he got fired after the Bears went 10-6, and I don’t know why he wasn’t instantly hired. They have great defensive personnel and Lovie would be just the right guy to make them play to their potential.

  59. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    What exactly is Pete Carroll’s success in Seattle? No division championship and ONE playoff win in 4 years? How is that successful?

  60. aceben3 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    (my above comment refers to the Bucs)

  61. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    Lovie could be a good coach, but he’s the kind of coach you select if you don’t want to do an investigative job to find an ELITE coach. The Bears already spent a LONG time finding out that he just isn’t good enough. You don’t win at football by recycling the old ideas from teams that already failed with those ideas.

  62. chiadam says: Oct 25, 2013 12:22 PM

    Mike is our quarterback.

  63. axespray says: Oct 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    itsateamgame says:
    Oct 25, 2013 12:02 PM
    “All 6 of those games were in years 2011-2012. The first one was officially in the 2010 season, and the Packers won the super bowl after barely getting by Chicago 10-3. The Packers went on to be 26-6 in the 2011-2012 seasons. Everybody in the league had problems beating them, not just Chicago. The Bears at least kept it respectable.

    In Lovie’s first 6 games against Green Bay, he went 4-2. That includes a 35-7 and 26-0 (in Green Bay) beatdown.”
    —————————————-
    So an injury ravaged team owning a contending bears team these last couple of years = not impressive…

    But a loaded bears team owning a gutted and rebuilding Packers squad = Beatdown?

    lol – enjoy another decade of not having the bears win a superbowl.

  64. vikesindividual says: Oct 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    No, Florio. No no no no no.

    He doesn’t make sense for the Vikings. Why fire one defensive minded head coach for another? They need an offensive guru, a QB coach or o-coordinator. Someone who can work with a young QB. One way or another, Minnesota will have a young QB: Ponder, Freeman, or a draft pick.

  65. itsateamgame says: Oct 25, 2013 12:40 PM

    axespray says:

    So an injury ravaged team owning a contending bears team these last couple of years = not impressive…

    But a loaded bears team owning a gutted and rebuilding Packers squad = Beatdown?

    lol – enjoy another decade of not having the bears win a superbowl.

    —————————————-
    I didn’t say it wasn’t impressive. Because it is go beat a good team with you are playing with backups.

    What I did say is that everybody in the league had problems beating Green Bay in 2011-2012. And don’t forget that the Bears had a lot of injures too.

    btw, beatdown represents the score. In my book, winning by more than 3 TD’s qualifies as a beat down.

  66. farvite says: Oct 25, 2013 12:52 PM

    Tampa?

    Lovie will be able to do MUCH better for himself!!

  67. realitypolice says: Oct 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Just what a team that can’t score needs. Lovie Smith. Possibly the only coach in football who pays less attention to his offense than Rex Ryan.

    Or even Buddy Ryan.

  68. ydousuk says: Oct 25, 2013 1:39 PM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says:Oct 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    What exactly is Pete Carroll’s success in Seattle? No division championship and ONE playoff win in 4 years? How is that successful?
    ———————————————————-

    You jealous bro?

  69. howiehandles says: Oct 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    “This guy got fired after a 10-6 season. ”

    Will Lovie be able to bring Toeb, the best special teams coach in the game, with him? Lovie was fired because hebl only made the playoffs three times. Not good enough.

  70. chargerdillon says: Oct 25, 2013 1:58 PM

    I respect the hell out of Lovie, but he’s not being questioned as a coach because of his coaching ability

    He’s questioned up and down for one reason only.

    Because of who he’s picked as his Offensive Coordinators.

    Mike Marts? Mike Tice?

    THIS is why people worry about Lovie. He brings in people to work below him that are completely awful at what they do.

    Martz is an offensive genius who gets qb’s killed and Mike Tice is an offensive line coach who has no business calling offensive plays.

    If Lovie gets good people under him, he can go far. If he brings back these types of characters, his next job will be his last.

  71. purple28mvp says: Oct 25, 2013 2:05 PM

    vikesindividual says: Oct 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    No, Florio. No no no no no.

    He doesn’t make sense for the Vikings. Why fire one defensive minded head coach for another? They need an offensive guru, a QB coach or o-coordinator. Someone who can work with a young QB. One way or another, Minnesota will have a young QB: Ponder, Freeman, or a draft pick.

    NORV TURNER

  72. pftmaniac says: Oct 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    Sometimes coaches have to get fired in order to understand what they did wrong. Tony Dungy was also famous for poor choices as offensive coordinator (Mike Shula, Les Stecker, Clyde Christianson) and that led to his dismissal in Tampa. He learned his lesson and kept Tom Moore as offensive coordinator and allowed Peyton Manning to sling the ball all over the place.

    I would like to see the Bucs hire Lovie Smith, but the new GM and ownership would have to pick the offensive coordinator and the new QB.

  73. bdog2013 says: Oct 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    Zimmer.

  74. realfootballfan says: Oct 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    For those saying he doesn’t know how to pick an offensive coordinator, Mike Martz has won some games calling plays in the league. He’s definitely stubborn, but I doubt that he forgot how to call a game, and just maybe his offensive personnel (again, back to the job Smith didn’t do) was not that good. Angelo put together one of the worst offensive lines in football the last few years of Smith’s tenure and never addressed the receiving position during his time as GM. And the QB room has been a joke, but he still won consistently with Bear fans actually believing that Jay Cutler is anything but a slightly above average QB.

    Also, when he hired Tice, he did try to hire Hue Jackson (who last time I checked, was pretty good at the offensive coordinating thing, too) but he went to Oakland with designs on their top job, undoubtedly swayed by the weak coach, Tom Cable, that he was walking in under.

    Furthermore, the Bears could barely get anyone else through the door to interview for the job because they are notoriously cheap, which is why you ended up just promoting Tice as the fall back after Jackson went to Oakland.

  75. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 25, 2013 3:18 PM

    Lovie should have gotten a job last offseason anyway. Replace Schiano with him.

  76. fanme57 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:30 AM

    Jacksonville is in year 1 of a new coach, with a lot less talent than last year. At least Jacksonville plays hard, something that couldn’t be said last year.

    Tampa may be a landing spot for L Smith, he’d better bring in a fantastic offensive coordinator.

    The Lions? A badly run franchise for an extended period of time… I doubt it…maybe the Texans.

  77. bbk1000 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:21 AM

    Indeed it’s a copycat league…..and right now offensive minded head coaches are in……

  78. chazatlas says: Oct 26, 2013 12:29 PM

    Who is Greg Schiano anyway? Or rather who was Greg Schiano…

  79. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 26, 2013 1:35 PM

    Gus Bradley is doing a good job with the empty cupboard that he has. Henne is serviceable, Jones-Drew is washed up, but the only playmakers are Blackmon and Posluszny? Tough to win like that.

  80. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 26, 2013 4:49 PM

    Change the name.

    No one wants a coach named “Lovey”.

    Lovey should be more like a millionaire’s wife who is stranded on a desert island.

  81. razon04 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:39 PM

    Please have the Vikings or Lions hire him. He can make his famous season for the second time of his 1st goal each season to beat the Packers.

  82. htown1035 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:16 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Smith in Houston – he may not be great for offense, but we’ve had an “offensive guru” as a head coach for 7 years now and I think the entire city is ready for a change.

  83. jameslucas5879 says: Oct 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Jerry Angelo as GM & Lovie Smith(HC) & Steve Mariucci (OC), Brett Farve (OL/Qb) Rod Marinelli (DC) MINNESOTA for 2014= SuperBowl 4sure. If I was a betting man I would go all in with this team !!!!

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