Smith to toughen Bears' practices

Smith to toughen Bears' practices

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 22, 2008, titled Smith to toughen Bears' practices. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Bears coach Lovie Smith vowed to make the next few practices more like training camp, with his players competing for positions.

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Mike

Kent, WA

#1 Aug 22, 2008
Why bother having competition for a starting role now going into the final pre-season game. That's pointless. How can you possibly hold a competition when he won't allow them to tackle in practice. He must of found Babich's tag football guidelines and decided to use it! That explains all the missed tackles. They were looking to pull the flags off of the Niners. When they didn't find them, they just let them go by! Great coaching, love your philosophical approach! Is meditating on-field being practiced as well!
Mierda Pura

Orlando, FL

#2 Aug 22, 2008
You don't get chicken salad from chicken ****
dennislvsdabears

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Aug 22, 2008
Lovie vowed to make it more like training camp! Take it easy on the team Lovie! Wow, your really upset about that loss. Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan have to be laughing hysterically after reading this article. Your defense is to soft. I'm sure Babich is extremely proud of this unit! That pop warner guideline he follows works wonders for this team. Cleveland wants to know if this really a defense? They would be willing to loan "Da Bears" a corner if they need one, since Tillman likes extra attention!
thomasrules1

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Aug 22, 2008
New slogan for chicago
"One City, One Team, One Orton; Another Loss"!!!!
Bearsnut

Dane, WI

#5 Aug 23, 2008
maybe the cover 2 should just leave chicago ! this defense work for two yrs now let it go just like the o-line did to Rex! THESE COACHES SUCK they better start showing there mean side so these Bears start to
Goldielocks

College Station, TX

#6 Aug 23, 2008
Fire Sleepy Smith....Hire Bill Cowher....

End of story....
DLT

Hortense, GA

#7 Aug 23, 2008
Smart head coaches surround themselves with the best offensive and defensive coordinators. Smith hired Turner and Babich, enough said.
PCK

Princeton, WI

#8 Aug 23, 2008
Goldielocks wrote:
Fire Sleepy Smith....Hire Bill Cowher....
End of story....
Great idea. And I will bet Bill has his players tackle in practice to get ready for the season BECAUSE THATS HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME! No tackling in practice. Ridiculous. But it explains a lot.
PCK

Princeton, WI

#9 Aug 23, 2008
DLT wrote:
Smart head coaches surround themselves with the best offensive and defensive coordinators. Smith hired Turner and Babich, enough said.
And really smart coaches get the team to the Super Bowl, hold the team up for a huge, way too long contract that leaves no money in the alleged budget to hire experienced, quality coaches, so we get the likes of Bobblehead Babich, Ron Turnup and Peppy Hamilton. Oh joy.
RAO

Peoria, IL

#10 Aug 23, 2008
Lovie is a bust...I love the Bill Cowher idea, too bad the L-ster is under contract for 4 more years.
Walter Butch Brzeski

AOL

#11 Aug 23, 2008
Lovie wants guys 'competing for positions? Whaaaaaaaaatttttt?

Gimme a Break! This is as 'almost' bad as Lovie copapring the Bears to the NBA Champion Boston Celtics

The only 'real' fighting for positions is for roster spots, the practice team, and IR spots.

You have to wonder about 'our' Lovie. Did he eat any of those 'really' hot peppers that made him think he's in another world?

Besides, strong safety and the battle between Brandon McGowan and Kenny Payne, there's really only (2) positions to compete for:

(1) WR spot opposite Rashied Davis with Brandon Lloyd looking to be the default winner over Mark Bradley, Earl Bennett, and Marty Booker

(1) Guard spot with Josh Beekman the 'front-runner' for his consistent play this pre-season over Anthony Oakley, Tyler Reed, and the injured Terrence Metcalf. In fact, all (3) challengers could be cut. If Chris Williams was healthy, John St. Clair would have been the starter, but, that's not the case.

The only other positions with a 'battle' is the DT spot opposite Tommie Harris. And, if Dusty Dvoracek will be the 'man' if he can stay healthy because Anthony Adams spends too much time 'on roller skates' into the secondary on runs and seems to be 'frozen in time' on pass rushes.

And, Greg Olsen is the starter at TE with Desmond Clark hurt.

I suggest Lovie stay away from the cactus juice as he sounds goofy.
thomasrules1

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Aug 23, 2008
RAO wrote:
Lovie is a bust...I love the Bill Cowher idea, too bad the L-ster is under contract for 4 more years.
Let's not go crazy here, Cowher will never come to coach this team! He see the circus here and wants no part of this, who would? Unfortunately were stuck with the PASSIVE,LEAST AGGRESSIVE, football minds in the NFL!
dennislvsthebear s

Phoenix, AZ

#13 Aug 23, 2008
Mike wrote:
Why bother having competition for a starting role now going into the final pre-season game. That's pointless. How can you possibly hold a competition when he won't allow them to tackle in practice. He must of found Babich's tag football guidelines and decided to use it! That explains all the missed tackles. They were looking to pull the flags off of the Niners. When they didn't find them, they just let them go by! Great coaching, love your philosophical approach! Is meditating on-field being practiced as well!
I thought ther was more looking for flags than meditating, maybe Urlacher can use the excuse of meditation the next time he blows a sure tackle!
RAO

Peoria, IL

#14 Aug 23, 2008
thomasrules1 wrote:
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Let's not go crazy here, Cowher will never come to coach this team! He see the circus here and wants no part of this, who would? Unfortunately were stuck with the PASSIVE,LEAST AGGRESSIVE, football minds in the NFL!
I don't know...management has shown they're willing to spend $$$, they just don't spend it right. Cowher may think he could have a positive impact on personnel decisions as well as the obvious deficiencies in coaching. All just idle speculation....looking for any reason to hope.
dirty bong water

United States

#15 Aug 23, 2008
anyone else think lovie has no clue how to be a head coach?

no tackling in practice that's real smart. why not stop practicing running plays as well.

nice call with babich as def. cord.

bears are turning into the laughing stock of the nfl.

what we really need is "hard knocks" to be at the next training camp so we can see what really goes on at practice and behind closed doors.

someone needs to start " canlovie.com "
Vicroy 27

United States

#16 Aug 23, 2008
"Gang" as Ditka use to say, Lovie is a bad hire but least we forget the other part of the dream team Jerry Angelo. I read the current Bear press guide which is full of third rate coaches from Junior College. We are already playing for 2009 draft choices so how bad do the Bears have to be before we get rid of the entire front office and coaching staff.

Everything leads back to the McCaskey's but we can't fire the ownership.
MDK

Mount Pleasant, SC

#17 Aug 23, 2008
"Bears coach Lovie Smith vowed to make the next few practices more like training camp, with his players competing for positions."

Well what the hell was Lovie doing before then; goofing around? His coaching is pathetic. What he's saying now: Okay guys, lets start playing for real now. What a joke of a team!!!!
LPJ

Chicago, IL

#18 Aug 23, 2008
Ron Rivera will be the next head coach of the Bears. He knew Grossman was "soft" years ago as he evaluated him the other side of the ball in practice--unlike Soft Lovie. But, it ain't all Lovie fault. As good as Angelo was building depth leading up to the Super Bowl, he has been just as bad in the offseasons since. Taub is the only one worth keeping--as the special teams come prepared to play. Sad and pathetic!
chicagofootballc hili_com

Lemont, IL

#19 Aug 23, 2008
Where I really want to see fighting for positions is at the number 2 QB position. I believe Grossman needs to get a fresh start somewhere else, and the sooner the team lets that happen the better. Let Caleb Hanie duke it out with the as-yet-unsigned veteran for the 2 slot, and let's move on with life.
slimBodidicus

Neosho, MO

#21 Aug 23, 2008
McGowan, Payne. It doesn't matter. Bears are toast.

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