Chicago has tired of Lovie Smith's happy talk

Bears coach Lovie Smith is unfailingly, unflappably, nice.  Much like his mentor Tony Dungy, he rarely has a negative public word about his team.

Bears scribes that have watched the team deteriorate into mediocrity the last few years have had about enough of the happy talk after another sunny speech from Smith to open training camp.

Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago wrote Friday that “Tony Robbins doesn’t have a thing on Lovie Smith.”

Smith was asked what lessons he learned from the last three years.  He’s trying to forget.

“Those years you talked about, I have a hard time at 52 years old
remembering what happens in the past,” Smith said. “I feel like I
know what’s going to happen in the future. We have a good football team
right now. I’m not going to look to the past an awful lot.”

The Bears changed their offensive scheme and added big-time free agents, but they’ve let their defense decay.  And they haven’t changed the culture surrounding the team.

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune  wrote about eye-rolling statements and Smith’s sometimes “corny” words.

“Given the Bears’ recent failures, eventually it becomes fair to
wonder if the same voice we routinely have started tuning out publicly
resonates as much privately with players as it once did,” he writes.

We are trying to like the Bears as a sleeper team, if only because they have a decent amount of talent and no one is picking them.  (And because Jay Cutler should play much better than he did last year.)

But a battle is brewing in Chicago between Smith and the media, and only a playoff season will keep the wolves at bay. 

34 responses to “Chicago has tired of Lovie Smith's happy talk

  1. Who cares, this dope at the end of the year will be fired. Da Bears will suck again. It must be hard to be a fan of them, the last time they were any good was 25 years ago. Tough times in Chi-town. PS Bears fans that SB a few years ago was a joke and your team proved it.

  2. Chicago “has” tired of Lovie Smith’s happy talk….HAS?? Might need to proof read Greg…..

  3. Be careful what you wish for. I was in Tampa when the Bucs fired Dungy. It was the same story as this one. he was too nice to win the big one. I was also there when The Bucs won the next year under Gruden. Three years later, those same people who wanted Dungy fired, were begging for him back. Is Lovie making the personell decisions in Chicago?

  4. Wait, the Chicago media…gimme a break. Jay Mariotti and the no talent writers in that town ARE fools. No one holds them accountable because know one cares what second city reporters have to say.
    And as usual Gregggg Boreusall ruins another post by inserting “we” when he means “I” followed by an inane and out of place opinion that no one cares about.
    Thanks

  5. (And because Jay Cutler should play much better than he did last year.)
    Not unless there is a tremendous improvement on the offensive line. Cutler may be a bit better after a year in the system but if they can’t run the ball and the line doesn’t give the QB more protection….LOL!

  6. “Chicago “has” tired of Lovie Smith’s happy talk….HAS?? Might need to proof read Greg…..”
    ——————
    I don’t see the problem. But you have “Skol” in your handle, which means the only way to compliment you is “nice tooth.”

  7. “Chicago “has” tired of Lovie Smith’s happy talk….HAS?? Might need to proof read Greg….”
    Actually, it’s correct, you can “tire” of something … it’s used as a verb…

  8. I thought this team could maybe challenge for a playoff spot, but not anymore. That defense is just not even close to what it once was. They’re not even aging, their old. And not very talented, especially in the secondary. This is just not a very good team.

  9. Skol, “has” is the helping verb with “tired,” which is the action verb. “Has tired” is perfectly fine, here.

  10. it may have been a joke to you foopa but at least they went to it,what about your team?haven’t seen the cheeseheads there lately and won’t again this year either.

  11. “Bears scribes that have watched the team deteriorate into mediocrity the last few years”
    The last few years? They have been pathetic for the last 20 years with the exception on the one year when they somehow pulled that super bowl appearance out or their asses.

  12. As a Bears fan I can say this. I’m much more tired of the PFT hate towards the Bears. Another sucktastic and useless story. Grats!

  13. Don’t believe what you read Rosenthal. The Chicago sports media has tired of Lovie because he’s bland and boring and doesn’t give them anything to work with, which is exactly what he’s trying to do. The fans are quietly optimistic, there’s plenty going on here to be hopeful about. That defense hasn’t ‘decayed’ at all, they added *Julius* *Freaking* *Peppers* and we get #54 back!
    Seriously, what league are you guys watching? Some of the stuff you write here is so asinine.

  14. Who gives a crap what the idiotic cheeseheads think. All they care about is screwing their sisters.
    Last year everyone was picking the bears to go to the super bowl. This year they have better talent and they’re suppose to suck? That makes sense. Those super bowl predictions will only be a year off.

  15. Lovie is not the only guy with the ability to motivate the team. The players are closer to their position coaches than the head man. And these are pro’s, they need Lovie to help put them in a position to win. They can get themselves geeked up. If they can’t, they need to find other work.

  16. FarvesFooPa says:
    July 30, 2010 10:30 AM
    Who cares, this dope at the end of the year will be fired. Da Bears will suck again. It must be hard to be a fan of them, the last time they were any good was 25 years ago. Tough times in Chi-town. PS Bears fans that SB a few years ago was a joke and your team proved it.
    ————————————————–
    ————————————————–
    Yes, its pathetic that in the last 40 years an NFL team has only won 1 NFL championship and only appeared in 2 championships during that time period. HEY WAIT A SECOND, THAT”S THE PACKERS !!!
    The stupidity of hillbilly, white trash, cracker….i mean Packer fans.

  17. # Ruvell100 says: July 30, 2010 10:48 AM
    I thought this team could maybe challenge for a playoff spot, but not anymore. That defense is just not even close to what it once was. They’re not even aging, their old. And not very talented, especially in the secondary. This is just not a very good team.
    Listen to this man!. Ruvell100 knows his football, he’s the same guy who wrote that the packers have the deepest secondary in the NFC with the addition of Burnett. Never mind last year’s Pittsburgh and Arizona disasters, they’ve got a rookie 3rd rounder to save the day!

  18. I don’t know about his players, but I sure can’t stand to hear Lovie talk. He sounds…ummm..mentally challenged.

  19. Hey Plankshelmet,
    Keep all you FIB phucks out of our state then. No more Lake Geneva, Door County, Miller Park, for you scum bags. I don’t think you pigs could handle that.
    Keep you racial comments of the internet you ignorant Loser!

  20. I didn’t realize that a defense was considered “old” when the average age is around 27(maybe 28). I believe the team as a whole will be improved. However, with a difficult schedule, they may only be a .500 team. I have hope they will fare better, but I’m also a realist.

  21. This story is a waste of everyone’s time. Lovie Smith is a good coach. Considering last year the linebacker core was in and out with injuries all season, the d-line played poorly, Cutler was thrown into a new system in a short amount of time and expected to win, the secondary was injury prone. Wow. Do I need to keep going? The Bears could have won the NFC North last year if it wasn’t for injuries and Cutler not having a lot of time to learn the system. This team is really good at many positions. INCLUDING RECIEVER. Which is the position that everyone seems to be bashing. Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Devin Aromashodu. These may not be house hold names but all of them are solid recievers. Yeah good luck cheeseheads. Can’t wait to watch Da Bears pummel you this year. Look out Cowboys fans too! Bears are going to dominate Jerry’s house this year. Let the season speak for itself. GO BEARS!

  22. ” so when there is a quality player out there that would step in and make a minor difference then we dont spend”
    Ummm, they just spent a ton on Julius Peppers. They overpaid Moose and John Tait. All of these players were “need posistions” and they were the top FA available. Show me another team that does that.
    lol@wisconsin residents hating on the city of Chicago.

  23. “It must be hard to be a fan of them, the last time they were any good was 25 years”
    @FavresFooPa- you’re either retarded or 9 years old. The Bears were just in the SB four years ago. Do you even know how many teams have never even made it to the biggest game in sports? It’s plain as day you know nothing and should be weeded out of society.

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