Despite a 5-8 record and a third straight season of missed playoffs in a year of expectations much higher than that, Bears coach Lovie Smith will return in 2010, according to John Mullin of CSN Chicago. (Thanks for the tip, BlogdownChicagoBears.com.)
Citing “two highly placed individuals within the organization,” Mullin explains that there will not be a change at the top of the organization, due in part to concerns regarding a work stoppage in 2011.
Mullin also explains that the team will likely be making no announcements in this regard, and that the proof will flow from the fact that Smith isn’t fired when the season ends.
The report says nothing about the status of offensive coordinator Ron Turner. If he isn’t fired, we recommend buying stock in any companies that sell pitchforks and/or torches in the greater Chicago area.