Is 2012 Lovie Smith’s last stand with the Chicago Bears?
After back-to-back seasons that ended in disappointment will 2012 be the last stand for Lovie Smith with the Chicago Bears?
The Bears enter the season appearing to have awoken from hibernation as an organization that is hungry and on the prowl. Long gone are offensive coordinator Mike Martz and General Manager Jerry Angelo; two individuals who were thought to be responsible for the bulk of the Bears misfortunes. Martz was stubborn and often out thought himself in attempt to recapture some the magic he created in St Louis with the “Greatest Show on Turf.” Angelo pinched money and wouldn’t pay star players or pursue big names in free agency. He did go out and get quarterback Jay Cutler via trade in 2009, but last season brought in Roy Williams, Sam Hurd and Marion Barber from the Dallas Cowboys as a supporting cast. We all know how that worked out.
In 2012 Mike Tice will run the Bears offense and new GM Phil Emery acquired WR Brandon Marshall, RB Michael Bush and backup QB Jason Campbell. These were three holes that cost the Bears dearly over the course of the last two seasons as both Cutler and Matt Forte were injured with inept replacements available on the Bears roster. Additionally Emery was able to work out a long-term deal with Forte that guarantees the Bears offensive workhorse will be in camp on time and happy at the start of training camp later this week. That’s all great news for Chicago fans, but with the good always comes the bad.
With all of the internal changes that the organization has made in order to make a championship push, the one remaining constant is head coach Lovie Smith. If the Bears should falter in 2012 Lovie should and most likely will be fired. He will be the singular point of blame if the Bears don’t live up to expectations as he has been given a team that is more than capable of going deep into the playoffs.
So can Lovie lead the Bears back to the NFL promise land in 2012 or will he fall short and be fired? Only time will tell so until then and as always…Bear Down!
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