Bears' Lovie Smith deserves more respect

Bears' Lovie Smith deserves more respect

There are 252 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 8, 2009, titled Bears' Lovie Smith deserves more respect. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Rank Lovie Smith in the bottom half of NFL coaches in terms of rhetoric and not an eyebrow in Chicago would be raised.

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Wheaton, IL

#1 Jun 8, 2009
The ranking sounds right on to me. Smith's stubborness and resistance to change has been his downfall from day one. If the press or fans suggest a change in personnel, staff or game plans, he will implement the suggestions only as a last resort long after the wound has continued to bleed. It's his fear that others may say "I told you so" and desire to appear more knowledgeable about his team than all others that keeps him at the bottom of the rankings. Smith and his staff have done very little with the players he has been given during his tenure.
Crazy Bear Fan

Mesa, AZ

#2 Jun 8, 2009
Great piece David I am more impress with your zeal for backing coach Lovie as oppose to the story which is (bu$%%^&#%^sh^&t) I love it because, like I am sure many Bears fans would agree this is more of an incentive to dominate because of this slight.

Roselle, IL

#3 Jun 8, 2009
Whisenhunt, Mike Smith, Harbaugh, Sparano OK, But Childress, Turner, Phillips, Del Rio, Jauron? Joke. Childress, Turner and Phillips have talent loaded teams that go nowhere. Lovie Smith should be 10-12th best coach in the NFL today.

United States

#4 Jun 8, 2009
The cover too-late defense has worked as well as the Chicago handgun ban.
Dominic AZ

Peoria, AZ

#5 Jun 8, 2009

Akron, OH

#6 Jun 8, 2009
omg, i actually agree with haugh. Smith should be ranked in the 10-15 range, and really ranking coaches based on one year of success or failure is difficult. Just another newspaper ploy to generate discussion during dead times int he sporting world

Chicago, IL

#7 Jun 8, 2009
I agree 20 is too low given the quationable value of many ahead of him. But I am no Lovie fan despite being a Bear fan since the 60s. The late game mismanagement that you alluded to (far more cases of it than should happen for a top ten coach) and his reluctance to acknowledge obvious weaknesses until much too late prevent him from being considered a top talent league-wide.
That guy

United States

#8 Jun 8, 2009
20 is extremely generous. Terrible, terrible clock management, stupid, stubborn personnel decisions, has to work with lackeys and bootlicks as assistants, NO in-game adjustments... Smith should have been gone a year ago.

Bettendorf, IA

#9 Jun 8, 2009
Way to go HOMER, quit trying to kiss the Bear's [email protected]@... TSN just showed what the rest of us already know Lovie is a TERRIBLE head coach. It's not about the win loss record it's about all the other things he can't do: Babich, no Rivera, Turner, Grossman as the Starter, the Atlanta game, the Houston game, and that is from the last 2 years alone. He is a terrible head coach who only made the Super Bowl because of Rivera.

San Francisco, CA

#10 Jun 8, 2009
I agree with Lovie's ranking. We are out-coached regularly and Lovie has never shown that he can make adjustments at half time. A great example is the playoff game against Carolina where I think Steve Smith is still being single covered and catching passes. I don't feel that Lovie is a good Xs and Os coach at all. His time clock management borders on pathetic at best. I feel the Bears win inspite of Lovie and no because of Lovie.

Oak Forest, IL

#11 Jun 8, 2009
Smith's inflexibility and reluctance to admit the "cover 2" is inherently attackable... along with the Rivera-Babich fiasco alone... justify a low ranking. Didn't he also think Adam Archuleta could play? I don't know about 20, but there's no way he should be in the top half. Dungy and his staff pantsed Lovie in the Super Bowl, too. Talk about not ready for primetime...

Arlington Heights, IL

#12 Jun 8, 2009
The rankings are meaningless.
Smith's relutance to address the
quaterback situation until recently
shows he has no control or input when
it comes to picking the best players
Word in Chicago is "mediocrity is a bar we can reach and be comfortable
Let's see how Cutler does with the
dull, conservative offensive scheme
of things.
Bears will not make the playoffs again
and with a Blackhawk team with more
guts and drive than the Bears who
really cares?
John K Anderson

San Francisco, CA

#13 Jun 8, 2009
right on david. coach smith deserves better, even though i am not a huge fan. ranking jauron, turner, phillips, childress and del rio above him, baffles me. no rational/objective person could do that. like you said, let's see how lovie does in the cutler era...
btw...i'm not convinced lovie was in support of the cutler deal. my view is that angelo pushed that...

United States

#14 Jun 8, 2009
It's about right. He should be in the 15-20 range.
He, pretty much, always makes the wrong call in crunch time.
His refusal to go away from his baby, the Cover None, has cost the Bears a few games. And as a few earlier post mentioned, the Bears are always lagging when comes to in game adjustments.

Hey wait, I think Lovie just gave the ball to the fullback on fourth and short.

Come to think of it, 20 might be to high.

Carbondale, IL

#15 Jun 8, 2009
I certainly have to agree with your assessment of those who have been coaching the same team less than three years - not enough time for the coach to show what he can do with his own team. However, after that point it is meaningless sports discussion as to whether Lovie is the 10th ranked coach or the 16th. I personally would not rank him as one of the top 10 if for no other reason than to look at what has happened to the defensive unit which is THE area in which Lovie has built his reputation. I believe that statistics will show that each year over the last 3 years the defense has progressively gotten worse.
What about management of the game. Your article mentions one of the many boneheaded coaching moves he has made. There are enough others to fill a small book. You point out Lovie's limited communication skills. Is it possible this deficit also is a cause of concern in communicating with the team and coaching staff as well as the media and the public?
Talk about the consistency of the Bears all you want and then tell me how far they have gone in the playoffs during the same time period. You can say the same thing about Lovie as you said about Orton - he manages the game well. Would you rank Orton as one of the top quarterbacks in the league? For the same reason Lovie Smith is not one of the top coaches in the league.

Fort Wayne, IN

#16 Jun 8, 2009
How about in game coaching decisions..........or any othwer type decision he makes.........each and every one of them Lovie makes poorly! Lovie wasn't too good int he playoff game against Seattle, was he? Calling that timout was brilliant, maybe he should be in the top 5 of this list based on that!!!!

Chicago, IL

#17 Jun 8, 2009
I think the scouts were being kind. Besides win/loss record (remember Bears play 8 games in a weak division) how can you quantify Lovie being anywhere above 20? Player development? Rotten. Defense? Quickly deteriorating. In game coaching? Out coached every week. Offense? What offense?! Clock management? I think that has been covered here. Really, what is Lovie's coaching strength? He is not a defensive genius, doesn't seem to develop any players. By what criteria can you realistically state that he should be ranked in the top 10? I haven't heard one.

Chicago, IL

#18 Jun 8, 2009
Some of the picks are stupid in comparison, especially the new coaches, but Lovie is ranked about where he should be. He is a servicable coach, but not great. Perhaps they are down on Lovie because they have seen what he does, and know he's not going to get any better. His bread and butter is defense, and that has been falling apart for years, and people know how to pick apart his schemes. His offense sucks. He's been all over the place with playing quarterbacks.

Springfield, IL

#19 Jun 8, 2009
Lovie is a lousy coach. Like others here, I attribute Lovie's win-loss percentage to Ron Rivera. The defense has been horrible since Rivera was shown the door. Two reasons why Lovie Smith is the worst coach in the league: 1) the cover-two defense. It does not work! Lovie wake up! 2) Rex Grossman is my quarterback. The man had one good game for every 10 during his tenure with the Bears. I've never seen a quarterback fumble so many snaps. Also, any bit of pressure, he threw an interception. Good riddance! The best thing the Bears could do, besides getting a quality receiver, would be to get rid of Lovie Smith.
Albert in Tucson

Tucson, AZ

#20 Jun 8, 2009
And are not the Sean Payton Saints 0-3 vs. The Lovie Smith Bears?

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