Time for Bears' Smith to step in on d...

Time for Bears' Smith to step in on defense

There are 159 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 14, 2008, titled Time for Bears' Smith to step in on defense. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Bears defensive coordinator says Sunday's loss is on him. Fine. But it's time for Lovie Smith to stage an intervention.

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Bill

Naperville, IL

#1 Oct 14, 2008
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Dave, you must have conducted your research for this article on these forum threads.

Many, many Bears fans have been bringing up those very points.

Some have gone even further and called for the firing of Babich, and/or Turner, and/or Smith.

For once, they weren't calling for Angelo's head.......... Maybe NEXT week.

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BearsFan2

Bradenton, FL

#2 Oct 14, 2008
In comments, everybody wants to turn on Mike Brown, Brian Urlacher, and the rest of the defense for loss, but Bears lose to 11 other teams last Sunday scoring only 20 points (go look). Doesn't this mean anything to anybody in Chicago?

So next time Orton gets all excited scoring only his 20th point with 11 seconds to go in the game, someone needs to tell him that isn't getting the job done.

But as all genious's say, "he didn't throw a pick." Well, the offense is about 10 points a game behind what they scored when we went 13-3, won two play-off games (scoring more than 20 in both those those) and got to a SuperBowl. In those days, we didn't have to worry too much about 4th quarter comebacks against us.

Fact is, if we don't start scoring more points on offense like real teams do (and we did in 2006), we may eak into play-offs at 10-6 or 9-7, but with an early exit. It's time to man up offense and don't be afraid to try and win big.
Rocket Man

Liverpool, NY

#3 Oct 14, 2008
Dave: I've been saying that for weeks in these blogs. You owe me one beer.

The squibb kick was the right thing to do. It Steltz would have just let the guy run farther and head out of bounds, the Falcons would have had essentially no time left. The defenders should had tried to just hold the guy up and gang tackle him to let more time run off the clock. The reason the Bears lost is the same reason they lost their other two games: they could not pressure the QB like they needed to pressure him in critical situation. They should have blitzed at least one cornerback on that play. But, they didn't. I would also have had Idonije, Brown, Anderson, and Ogunleye in on the play. Maybe they did. It all happened so fast.
GLJ

United States

#4 Oct 14, 2008
The Bears coaching staff is proving they are the worst game day staff in the NFL; however, Bears organization is cheap and won't make any changes. It appears that the D-line is a bunch of high-priced underachievers. How much that is a function of a poor defensive scheme we don't know. But it is obvious to me that Tommie Harris needs to be benched or cut. His job is to play football and he gets paid very well to do it. We really don't care about his excuses or religious beliefs.

Since: Oct 08

Dane, WI

#5 Oct 14, 2008
its time for this team to take more control on the field and play mean football, the word is attack the QB and let the secondary take care of the rest! our offense can score if they let orton play the game with his arm and let the hands do the rest, we have clark,olson,booker,davis! so what is wrong with the whole picture here? and the defense should just explode! now we win out and maybe go to the big game because we will meet one of these loses in the playoffs, maybe beat or division to stay on top because we know it a weak one
mike

Kent, WA

#6 Oct 14, 2008
Dave,
Kicking the ball deep would have been the wise move to make. We seen the end result of the squib kick, Again great coaching decision. Why do you want Lovie to step in on defense. He runs the Open-1, oops; I mean Cover-2.Having him step in on defense is like giving a whale a Tic-Tac for bad breath! As a Bears fan I have been accustomed to seeing a defense unravel, only to hear a list of excuses longer than the Great Wall of China from this staff! They are not that good at gameday decisions.
John

United States

#7 Oct 14, 2008
Lovie,
There is a coaching vacancy that will be open soon in Detroit. I will be happy to give you a lift there.
Patrick

United States

#8 Oct 14, 2008
BearsFan2 wrote:
In comments, everybody wants to turn on Mike Brown, Brian Urlacher, and the rest of the defense for loss, but Bears lose to 11 other teams last Sunday scoring only 20 points (go look). Doesn't this mean anything to anybody in Chicago?
So next time Orton gets all excited scoring only his 20th point with 11 seconds to go in the game, someone needs to tell him that isn't getting the job done.
But as all genious's say, "he didn't throw a pick." Well, the offense is about 10 points a game behind what they scored when we went 13-3, won two play-off games (scoring more than 20 in both those those) and got to a SuperBowl. In those days, we didn't have to worry too much about 4th quarter comebacks against us.
Fact is, if we don't start scoring more points on offense like real teams do (and we did in 2006), we may eak into play-offs at 10-6 or 9-7, but with an early exit. It's time to man up offense and don't be afraid to try and win big.
When the team allocates about 60% of its payroll to the defense it is a fair assumption that they consider that the strength of the team. It is obviously not. The defense is a sham. The secondary is strictly reactive and seems incapable of making plays. Urlacher has done nothing to suggest he is the same player, same with Mike Brown and Tommy Harris is playing himself to the bench. Outside of Alex Brown, Dusty and maybe Briggs, no one is making plays. They are overrated!!

To blame the offense is laughable just like all of your posts. They came into the season with potentially the worst offensive line, receiving corps and QB in the league. Anything they get from the offense is a bonus. Keep up the good work and keep taking those meds.
Jay

United States

#9 Oct 14, 2008
Bring Ron Rivera back and get rid of Babich, already.
Gimy

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Oct 14, 2008
haha, "stage an intervention"...SOOOOMEBO DY watched How I Met Your Mother last night.

the bears deserve to lose if they keep up the stupid game plans they've had at the end of games. with better coaching, and better mentality...this team would be undefeated. i guess the bright spot is we're still in first place but still, the losses this year have been nothing short of pathetic.
Stupidity

United States

#11 Oct 14, 2008
Glad I DVR'd the game, and then didn't watch it. This coach is average, most of the team is average. It will be an average season. Better than below average I suppose. I think we fans deserve better.
cause n effect

Elk Grove Village, IL

#12 Oct 14, 2008
BearsFan2 wrote:
In comments, everybody wants to turn on Mike Brown, Brian Urlacher, and the rest of the defense for loss, but Bears lose to 11 other teams last Sunday scoring only 20 points (go look). Doesn't this mean anything to anybody in Chicago?
So next time Orton gets all excited scoring only his 20th point with 11 seconds to go in the game, someone needs to tell him that isn't getting the job done.
But as all genious's say, "he didn't throw a pick." Well, the offense is about 10 points a game behind what they scored when we went 13-3, won two play-off games (scoring more than 20 in both those those) and got to a SuperBowl. In those days, we didn't have to worry too much about 4th quarter comebacks against us.
Fact is, if we don't start scoring more points on offense like real teams do (and we did in 2006), we may eak into play-offs at 10-6 or 9-7, but with an early exit. It's time to man up offense and don't be afraid to try and win big.
In 2006 our defense scored points as well so be real Grossman didnt score 30 points a game himself. Also i'd rather have a solid Orton than an eratic Grossman. Even you cant deny after the fifth game nobody knew what they were gonna get from gross.
dummy

Springfield, IL

#13 Oct 14, 2008
Please forward this to Lovie!!! Quick!!
Johnny

Thornton, IL

#14 Oct 14, 2008
Spot on. Babich has no business in the NFL. He is ruining what could be a great season for both the team and the fans. The right thing for him to do would be to resign.
Michael Mellom

Plover, WI

#15 Oct 14, 2008
I have been wondering that the whole season. Even an average quarterback like Griese can hurt you without a pass rush. Sometimes the argument seems to be that you don't blitz because you can get burned deep, but against atlanta we continually got burned anyway, so why not go down bringing the pressure instead of letting the quarterback sit back there all day?
MDK

Mount Pleasant, SC

#16 Oct 14, 2008
Everybody seems to know the gist of the problem with the Bears; coaching, except the front office.

Do the McCaskey's even watch the games? Are they even aware of the bad decisions their own staff makes?

If I screwed up this much at work, I would be fired.
Doug

Highland Park, IL

#17 Oct 14, 2008
Actually the Bears did want to provide a police escort for Jenkins, but couldn't get the cops onto the field in time. They're working on speeding up the process in practice this week.
Adam Drexler

San Antonio, TX

#18 Oct 14, 2008
Great article. I really expect the defense to step up this week against a division opponent at home. AP must be stopped..........first priority. Need to get in Frerotte's face taking the pressure off what could be a depleted secondary. Bear down!
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#19 Oct 14, 2008
Poor teams make lots of EXCUSES. Winning teams don't.
Darien

Bossier City, LA

#20 Oct 14, 2008
Time for the bears to get rid of Lovie Smith!!!!!

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