Bears defensive coordinator Bob Babich on the hot seat

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Given its dismal yearlong performance, the Bears' defense figures to feature several new faces next season.
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“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#1 Dec 28, 2008
At least Clark didn't sugarcoat it with horseblip. This team is soooooo far away from the SB. I still 2006 was a fluke (as it is proving to be) the NFC was exceptionally weak that year.

Like I said before, get used to it cause nothing is gonna change until Mother McCaskey kicks the pylon.
punchy

AOL

#2 Dec 28, 2008
Ok. season is finally over and I think all will agree that 9-7 is not disappointing all things considered.

However, our defense needs big changes and that needs to start at middle linebacker. Urlacher is washed up. At this point he is serviceable at best. You CAN NOT pay a serviceable linebacker what he is making. Trade him for whatever you can get and move on. Next we need to find safeties who actually played the position in college not some tweeners we try to plug in who can't cover or tackle. As for our defensive coordinator he needs to get fired ASAP.

On offense we have #18 for another year he doesn't deserve an extension so don't give him one. If by some miracle he plays well next year then you bite the bullet and place a franchise tag on him if not let him go somewhere else with his 75.0 QB Rating.

Ron Turner was able to get a mediocre offense from complete garbage. For that he gets to keep his job.

We need 2 WR's lets start with Anquan Boldin and draft someone else as well. This draft we need a linebacker, safety and a guard. We also need to draft a legit #2 RB to protect Forte.# 29 needs to be back on special teams where he belongs.
allchifan

United States

#3 Dec 28, 2008
Babich shouldn't be on any hotseat...he should be out the door already..it shouldn't take any evaluation time to realize that under him the defense has declined to one of the bottom dwellers of the NFL, which should mean "not for long" in terms of keeping Babich....and on his way out of town he should take Turner with him, and Lovie and Angelo and Phillips...then we could really start over and begin winning with pride again....our management team sucks big time....get rid of all of them....
Creighton

Evanston, IL

#4 Dec 28, 2008
"It has definitely had an effect on him, no question about it," offensive coordinator Ron Turner said. "Not to make excuses or anything, but it definitely had an effect. It had an effect on his throwing. Pep ( Hamilton, Bears quarterbacks coach) and I have been talking about that a lot. You can see that he is not really driving the ball like he was earlier."

Orton threw his deepest pass of the season this game and his only completion of 30 yards or more this season. So I guess he was able to get something on the ball with his good ankle bad ankle. His passing percentage has not even changed much sense he was injured. Teams just figured out he struggles in man coverage and he leads recievers. Now the Bears can try and force feed this clown to the fans for the next season. Now that teams have film on the guy good secondaries will be mugging our recievers for picks and Orton will be looking right at the guys he wants mugged.
greylion

Lemont, IL

#5 Dec 28, 2008
Babich certainly has not helped the defense get better. Lovie Smith didn't help the defense get better either, because he wanted Babich calling the defense. What about the defensive line? They gave every QB too much time to throw the ball all season long and that isn't coaching, it's just bad players. You can't tell me a new coach will help this group of players, they need several new lineman.
Bear Fan in Syracuse

Syracuse, NY

#6 Dec 28, 2008
We really need to start over with this team... I hate to say rebuild but we need to. This team has invested so much into the defense and for the past two years it has been a dissapointment. Babich has to go, Tuner has to go, and that leads to Lovie he needs to go. This Cover 2, bad offense, no development of a QB, letting (firing) Ron R go, 2 disappointing seasons, the games we lost in the 4th quarter and OT. AP from MN running all over us.... the list goes on. I like Orton, but he is not going to take us to the next level keep him around and draft a QB, draft a OL that will actually start the season. This season was fustrating, and the D's inablity to make a stop to give the Bears a chance just summed up the '08 season. A 9-7 record is not great when we had a 0-16 team in our divison.
TLL14532

Saint Peters, MO

#7 Dec 28, 2008
Def coordinator candidates who will be fired from their HC jobs in the net few days (Not saying they are the best for the job, just that there are plenty of soon-to-be-fired head coaches who were D coordinators)
Jim Haslett
Wade Phillips
Romeo Crennel
Marvin Lewis
Rod Marinelli
Also Gregg Williams, a guy who was in line for HC job 2 years ago and is on the street.
Buddy ryan

Wheaton, IL

#8 Dec 28, 2008
The Bears are screwed if Babich is not gone. There is just too much talent on defense for it to play poorly, and that is for one reason only: bad coaching. Problem is Babich is a good friend of Lovie. Will Lovie reassign him? If not Lovie may well find himself out the door after the next season.
KPR

AOL

#9 Dec 28, 2008
Babich's defense brought back haunting memories of John Shoop's offense! Enough already, time for a new Defensive Coordinator and dump the COVER NONE/ TAMPA SCREW scheme!
Tom Bartos

Granite Bay, CA

#10 Dec 28, 2008
Pep Hamilton, Who ???? Orton locks on to his receivers like a heat seeking missile. Everyone in the stadium knows who is going to throw to. So why hasn't good old Pep, worked with him about this problem. This is not Brain surgery. Both Turner and Pep need to go. They have done nothing to help Orton with his weaknesses.
TVGUY

Buffalo Grove, IL

#11 Dec 28, 2008
THE COACHING STAFF HAS TO TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY THAN THEIR AVERAGE LIP SERVICE. IF LOVIE CAN'T SEE HE NEEDS TO MAKE SOME COACHING CHANGES, MAYBE HE NEEDS TO GO.
Tom Bartos

Granite Bay, CA

#12 Dec 28, 2008
Lovie like Jauron just cannot manage people who are his friends. His hiring and keeping Babich shows he is not a top notch coach.
Ryan M

Kemp, TX

#13 Dec 28, 2008
Fire Babich immediately. I was at the game today and the defense was embarrasing. Absolutely no pressure from the D line; Schaub had all day to throw; Andre Johnson ran circles around the secondary. At least there were a ton of Bears fans at the game....probably 40% Bears Fans 60% Texans fans.
macko14

Thomaston, GA

#14 Dec 28, 2008
Babich should have been gone at the end of last year. Lovie should have sucked it up and kept Rivera. Rivera was the reason the Bears made it to the Super Bowl, not Lovie. Same thing with Ditka. As much as a like Mike Ditka, it was his D coordinator who put them in that Super Bowl, too. See what happened when he left? If Lovie can't fire Babich, then he needs to go, too. I personally we have a clean sweep. This staff has had its time to put us back where we should be. They failed. Let's move on with some new folks.
Cyclone

United States

#15 Dec 28, 2008
Bob Babich is completely worthless as a coach. This guy isn't fit to be an assistant to an assistant coach for a pee wee football team. With the talent that this guy has available to him, there is no excuse for the display we've seen this season.

Lovie hired Babich because they're buddies, when in reality Bob isn't qualified to clean the urinals at the Bears' practice facility. Fire this clown now, so we can at least bring in someone who isn't a completely useless human being and waste of oxygen.
haha

North Brunswick, NJ

#16 Dec 28, 2008
whos this Babich guy anyway. Fire his ass off!
georgiabear

United States

#17 Dec 28, 2008
Babich and his undisciplined group of defensive players cost the bears possible wins against Tampa, Atlanta, Greenbay, Minnesota, and today against Houston. This does not include the terrible defensive play calling in each of these losses. It's obvious that there is a lack of attention to detail by both coaches and players. With that said changes are in order for the entire defense. Management needs to call out Ron Turner and ask him what is going to be different next year on the offensive side of the ball.(4th and one fullback dives) If the answer sounds the same as the one you have heard the last two years he may need to call San Diego and see if his brother has any job openings. Find someone that can develop quarterbacks. Who is Pep Hamilton anyway? As a longtime Bear fan I'm tired of the lathered up excuses the coaching staff delivers after every bumbled loss. Every starting quarterback in the NFL has some type of lingering injury so sore ankle or not performance is the bottom line. I won't begin to mmention all of the positional areas that need upgrade. Let's face it this years team was exactly what it's record reflects 9-7.
_Floyd

Brooksville, FL

#19 Dec 28, 2008
Maybe now that the Lions have reached imperfection by going 0-16 they will fire Rod Marinelli and Lovie could hire him as the bears new defensive coordinator. Marinelli was lovie's first choice for defensive coordinator when he was first hired by the bears but was over ruled by Jerry Angelo who wanted Ron Rivera. The bear defense does not need a complete over haul, but it does need tweaking. Urlacher had his best seasons when the bears had big guys like Traylor & Washington in the middle of the D-Line instead of these under sized guys that Lovie prefers. Those big guys kept O-Linemen off of Urlacher who only had to run to the ball instead of fighting off blocks. Anthony Adams & Marcus Harrison would definitely help in this area if the coaching staff would play them. This coaching staff seems to have a hard time figuring out who should be playing and who should be sitting. I would like to see the bears play 5 down lineman against the vikings and other running teams in obvious running situations instead of putting 8 men in the box, also i would like to see Urlacher moved around and used as a stand up end in passing situations, this is more suited for his skill set. It would also help if the D-backs could play more physical and occasionally bump opposing receivers on the line of scrimmage instead of giving 10 yard cushions.
Larry

Olympia Fields, IL

#20 Dec 28, 2008
This team is garbabe, fire everyone!!
Chicago Jim

Arroyo Grande, CA

#21 Dec 28, 2008
Babich and Lovie Dovie need to go ...quickly ...please Lord please

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