Lovie Smith admits squib kick was mistake

Coach Lovie Smith was willing to second-guess himself a day after the Bears' 22-20 loss in Atlanta. Read more
simple

Franklin Park, IL

#1 Oct 13, 2008
Hell yeah it was a mistake. You would think Devin Hester was back there for the Falcons. 11 seconds, kick the ball deep!!! Idiots!!!
Gee

AOL

#2 Oct 14, 2008
Man, I was about to give Lovie a little CREDIT for being stand-up guy about yesterday's ame, untill he DEFENDED the decision to play that stupid Tampa-2 "D" on the last play of the game.
For him to admit the call was wrong, would be akin to him condemming his "Hommey" Babich and setting himself up for more scrutiny.
Shame you couldn't stand-up and be a man Lovie. Don't know how much it really matters, but your Credibility amongst the fans is slipping Lovie.
Thank Goodness you got that extension eh.
32dutch

Chicago, IL

#3 Oct 14, 2008
Taking blame for the sqib kick is rediculous - it was a fair call poorly executed, probably because it isn't practiced. But being unable to stop third and long throughout the entire game, now there's a real problem. When our coach is supposed to be a strong defensive coach and he has his hand picked defensive coordinator and they can't stop a single third and long the entire game, now there is something for which to accept blame. Hire Mike Singletary!!!!!
Gimy

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Oct 14, 2008
well DUH! if anything, you do what teams wanted to do with deion and you put hester on the kickoff team to ENSURE the guy doesn't run it back. 11 seconds and a squib? thats idiotic unless you kick it far, which the bears didn't do. you only squib when its the last, or second to last play FOR SURE of the game. you don't do it when they could have great field position
macko14

Thomaston, GA

#5 Oct 14, 2008
" but you don't all of a sudden start changing things you believe in."

No matter how many times it fails???

That, my friends, is the problem with Lovie Smith. Adjustments are a part of football. Some may say it is the most important of a good team. He probably has a good game plan, but most coaches have that. Being sharp enough as a coach to make adjustments is the key to winning and losing in the NFL. We don't need this "all, shucks" attitude that Lovie has.
macko14

Thomaston, GA

#6 Oct 14, 2008
32dutch wrote:
Taking blame for the sqib kick is rediculous - it was a fair call poorly executed, probably because it isn't practiced. But being unable to stop third and long throughout the entire game, now there's a real problem. When our coach is supposed to be a strong defensive coach and he has his hand picked defensive coordinator and they can't stop a single third and long the entire game, now there is something for which to accept blame. Hire Mike Singletary!!!!!
No, the squib was what gave the Falcons there only breath of life. Without if we're still talking about one of our best come backs in franchise history. With it we're still begging for changes by a GM who can not see, a coach who can not coach, and a defensive coordinator without a clue.

Sigh.
truth talker

West Chicago, IL

#7 Oct 14, 2008
No sh__, Sherlock! That is obvious to say the least! Do you really know how long 11 seconds is even with slow clock that is obvious now. Also, the other day you said it was a squib kick because the coverage team was tired. Now you say it was the "state of the injury riddled coverage team" whatever the hell that means? What the hell are you really saying? Sounds like to me you don't know what you were doing so you just tried something no matter what it was. Not a good way to be a professional head football coach. You need to do something else, like go back to Texas and be a high school coach then you would be right at home huh, Lovie!
WrecksAlwaysSux

King Of Prussia, PA

#9 Oct 14, 2008
Lovie Smith's excuse is so reminiscent of that one after getting burned by Steve Smith.
Orlando

Glen Allen, VA

#10 Oct 14, 2008
Hey Lovie, I think we are going to re-evaluate your contract. I mean you've been coaching long enough to know that you don't ever squib a kick with that much time left on the clock and when a team has timeouts to use. This is inexcuseable. Also Ron Turner needs a pep talk because he's on his way out here along with you. Let's get it together or you two will be hitting that unemployment line together.
1bearsfan

United States

#11 Oct 14, 2008
Not giving Lovie a free pass for some poor decisions this year.He does seem to take the blame alot for players mistakes.To be honest Robbie Gould needed to get that kick much deeper & failed to do so,as he admitted.He should have been able to get that kick at least to the 20.but he only got it to the 35 or so.If Gould gets it to the 20 or 25(which is a conservative distance & not great),the game is over.A great squib would have gotten it to the 10 to 15 yard line.Also I sure hope the league reviews the clock management in that game & punishes the Refs for not reviewing the time in such a crucial game changing situation! Chalk up another huge mistake by referees this year that cost a team a loss on bad officiating!! THIS IS EXACTLY WHY TEAMS SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES OF THE GAME!! That rule is stupid.In the most crucial time of the game,teams cant challenge?? At least we are still in 1st in our division(finding a positive). Take Care. God Bless! GO BEARS! TAKE IT OUT ON THE VIKINGS THIS WEEK!
John

Farmington, MI

#13 Oct 14, 2008
That lovie for you..........Don't change what you believe in no matter what.

Bear Fans you now know from Lovie's own quote why the offensive or defense changes during the game..........

Lovie does not want to chnage anything that he beleives in regardless of whether it is working or not.

WHAT A JOKE THIS GUY IS!!!!!!!!!!
George

Gaithersburg, MD

#14 Oct 14, 2008
The squib kick was not the real mistake, Lovie is. The loser has out lived his usefulness. I would fire the sucker before he mucks it up worse. There are some better coaches available out there. In my job, if I made a mistake that big, I would be gone.
Phxjeff

Phoenix, AZ

#15 Oct 14, 2008
why doesn't someone ask Lovie why they believe in the cover two in that situation? What are the positives Lovie? What are you hoping for in that situation? QB mistake, poor throw? Poor route running? Help us understand Lovie...because Bears fans like tough aggressive defenses...knock your block off smack ya in the mouth defense...help us Lovie why should we like cover two? Please explain.
Steve

Lakewood, CA

#16 Oct 14, 2008
Duh. Is this really print worthy? Did we really need Lovie to fess up to this? I mean, give me a freaking break here. EVERY fan that watched that botvhed call knew the coaching staff had just "Lovied" this team to another heartbreaking loss. We have not won a close game this year. Good teams win close games. We have lost three games, each of which we were leading with at least 4 or 5 minutes remaining. I think it's pretty clear we have quality football players. I think it's clear we have coaches that will be outcaoched by the opposition in close game the vast majority of the time. The Three Stooges need to show they can improve and learn from their mistakes each week as the players have shown. The defensive scheme against the Falcons was deplorable. No pressure on a rookie QB? He picked us apart. The best receiver is Roddy White? Come on. Orton finally puts together an incredible last minute drive to win the game and then you rip his and the rest of the teams heart out by botching that call. You're going to lose them Lovie if you can't show them you can make good decisions.
Arnie

Verona, WI

#17 Oct 14, 2008
I have no problem with the squib kick...a properly executed one eats up 4 or 5 seconds just bouncing around deep in the opponents end, not including any time spent by the return team trying to run it back a little. If it had been executed correctly, the Falcons would have had the ball on about their own 20 or 25 at most, with about 5 seconds to go. Nothing more than a hail mary to defend at that point.

After the kick was botched though, the defensive call was still terrible. Since there was no nickle back available, and you really needed to be in a three deep zone (NOT 2 DEEP), you bring Hester in as your third safety. He played DB his whole life, and he's your fastest player. Let him play a deep center field, lining up about 25 yards off the ball. Then you have Brown and Payne sitting on the hash marks 20 yards off the ball. Corners underneath play bump and run to disrupt the receivers at the line of scrimmage. That prevents a long sideline completion every time. Then you trust the speed of Urlacher and Briggs to make any tackle on an underneath play, with Hester in the middle, deep as insurance that a short completion doesn't break for a long touchdown. With your four down lineman rushing, you forget normal positions and run your four fastest guys out there with a couple of crossing stunts to get pressure. Tommy Harris should not have been on the field. The rush should have been Ogunlye, Anderson, Idonoje and Alex Brown. With the amount of time between the tying touchdown and the completion of the squib kick, there was no reason that Babich and Lovie could not have drawn that up in the sand on the sideline.

Finally, if worst comes to worst, have the CB's up on the line and tell them to tackle the wide receivers as they leave the line of scrimmage. It would have eaten up at least 5 seconds, and it's only a 10 yard holding penalty on the defense with an automatic first down. Atlanta is still well outside of field goal range with one play to go...they could attempt a 65+ yard field goal or throw a hail mary.

I'm sorry, but football is not rocket science...it's about knowing the situation and being aware of what needs to be done, and then simply having the coaches drill that into each players head before sending them out on the field.
BIGBRI

Orlando, FL

#18 Oct 14, 2008
OK BEARS FANS WE TO START TALKING ABOUT HOW OUR DEFENSE SUCKS AND OUR DEFENSE LOST THE GAME FOR US YET AGAIN AND AGAIN! LOVIE SMITH NEEDS A REAL SECONDARY AND NEEDS TRADE OLD BEAT UP MIKE BROWN! ROOKIE MATT RYAN HAD A FIELD DAY AGAINST OUR DEFENSE AND LOVIE AND THE DEFENSE NEVER COULD FIQURE IT OUT! DA LOVIE ? HAVE YOU HEARD OF PRESSURE ON THER ROOKIE QB??? HOW CAN U LET ROOKIE MATT RYAN JUST LOB THE BALL IN THE AIR PLAY AFTER PLAY AFTER PLAY FOR A JUMP BALL TO THE FALCONS WIDE RECIEVERS? LOVIE YOU LOST THE GAME FOR US WITH A HORRIBLE GAME PLAN. TERRIBLE FINISH, AND MORON SQUIB KICK TO FALCONS OWN 45 WITH ONLY 10 SECONDS LEFT ,THEN U LET ROOKIE MATT RYAN WITH NO BLITZ AGAIN THROW THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD FOR A CATCH AGAINST WASHED UP SAFETY MIKE BROWN! I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DIDN'T BLITZ MATT RYAN EVERY OTHER PLAY THEN CALL YOURSELF A DEFENSE COACH! INSTEAD U LET MATT RYAN CONTROL THE GAME AND OUR DEFENSE LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF PIP SQEEKS! DO ME A FAVOR LOVIE AND GO BACK TO ST LOUIS WITH YOUR MORON MOVES SHOW NO EMOTIONAL STYLE COACHING MOVES!
HOLY CRAP IF THE FALCONS PUT AS MUCH PRESSURE ON KYLE ORTON AS THE BEARS DEFENSE DID AGAINST ROOKIE MATT RYAN, ORTON WOULD HAVE SCORED 50 POINTS!!!!!
daaaaa bears

Toledo, OH

#19 Oct 15, 2008
bonehead coaching
Bill

Plainfield, IL

#20 Oct 15, 2008
Arnie wrote:
I have no problem with the squib kick...a properly executed one eats up 4 or 5 seconds just bouncing around deep in the opponents end, not including any time spent by the return team trying to run it back a little. If it had been executed correctly, the Falcons would have had the ball on about their own 20 or 25 at most, with about 5 seconds to go. Nothing more than a hail mary to defend at that point.
After the kick was botched though, the defensive call was still terrible. Since there was no nickle back available, and you really needed to be in a three deep zone (NOT 2 DEEP), you bring Hester in as your third safety. He played DB his whole life, and he's your fastest player. Let him play a deep center field, lining up about 25 yards off the ball. Then you have Brown and Payne sitting on the hash marks 20 yards off the ball. Corners underneath play bump and run to disrupt the receivers at the line of scrimmage. That prevents a long sideline completion every time. Then you trust the speed of Urlacher and Briggs to make any tackle on an underneath play, with Hester in the middle, deep as insurance that a short completion doesn't break for a long touchdown. With your four down lineman rushing, you forget normal positions and run your four fastest guys out there with a couple of crossing stunts to get pressure. Tommy Harris should not have been on the field. The rush should have been Ogunlye, Anderson, Idonoje and Alex Brown. With the amount of time between the tying touchdown and the completion of the squib kick, there was no reason that Babich and Lovie could not have drawn that up in the sand on the sideline.
Finally, if worst comes to worst, have the CB's up on the line and tell them to tackle the wide receivers as they leave the line of scrimmage. It would have eaten up at least 5 seconds, and it's only a 10 yard holding penalty on the defense with an automatic first down. Atlanta is still well outside of field goal range with one play to go...they could attempt a 65+ yard field goal or throw a hail mary.
I'm sorry, but football is not rocket science...it's about knowing the situation and being aware of what needs to be done, and then simply having the coaches drill that into each players head before sending them out on the field.
.

Your post makes WAY too much sense !

There's NO WAY that Lovie, or Babich could have thought of it !

.

Since: Apr 08

Brookfield, WI

#21 Oct 15, 2008
Arnie wrote:
I have no problem with the squib kick...a properly executed one eats up 4 or 5 seconds just bouncing around deep in the opponents end, not including any time spent by the return team trying to run it back a little. If it had been executed correctly, the Falcons would have had the ball on about their own 20 or 25 at most, with about 5 seconds to go. Nothing more than a hail mary to defend at that point.
After the kick was botched though, the defensive call was still terrible. Since there was no nickle back available, and you really needed to be in a three deep zone (NOT 2 DEEP), you bring Hester in as your third safety. He played DB his whole life, and he's your fastest player. Let him play a deep center field, lining up about 25 yards off the ball. Then you have Brown and Payne sitting on the hash marks 20 yards off the ball. Corners underneath play bump and run to disrupt the receivers at the line of scrimmage. That prevents a long sideline completion every time. Then you trust the speed of Urlacher and Briggs to make any tackle on an underneath play, with Hester in the middle, deep as insurance that a short completion doesn't break for a long touchdown. With your four down lineman rushing, you forget normal positions and run your four fastest guys out there with a couple of crossing stunts to get pressure. Tommy Harris should not have been on the field. The rush should have been Ogunlye, Anderson, Idonoje and Alex Brown. With the amount of time between the tying touchdown and the completion of the squib kick, there was no reason that Babich and Lovie could not have drawn that up in the sand on the sideline.
Finally, if worst comes to worst, have the CB's up on the line and tell them to tackle the wide receivers as they leave the line of scrimmage. It would have eaten up at least 5 seconds, and it's only a 10 yard holding penalty on the defense with an automatic first down. Atlanta is still well outside of field goal range with one play to go...they could attempt a 65+ yard field goal or throw a hail mary.
I'm sorry, but football is not rocket science...it's about knowing the situation and being aware of what needs to be done, and then simply having the coaches drill that into each players head before sending them out on the field.
....or you could of kicked a normal HIGH deep kick giving time for your coverage team to run up the field stuffing the return man, then go out and get drunk...

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