Are Bears tuning Smith out?

Are Bears tuning Smith out?

There are 124 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 22, 2008, titled Are Bears tuning Smith out?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Charles Tillman taking a swing at Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton was the most impulsive, indefensible punch in Chicago sports since former Cub Michael Barrett slugged White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski ...

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“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#1 Sep 22, 2008
David, right on! The line, Some NFL coaches use the podium as a bully pulpit; Smith uses it as an armrest. Is freakin' brilliant and funny as hell and describes this brain-dead coach perfectly! If Wolfe and Bennett don't get more playing time this week, then this coaching staff is indeed dead.

Fort Myers, FL

#2 Sep 22, 2008
David, your articles are getting better and better. great points on earl bennett, williams and adams.

Guadalajara, Mexico

#3 Sep 22, 2008
right on david! this team has killer instinct, but it's suicidal. the defense is great until it really needs to be. maybe those nice contracts for core players have made those guys too comfy.

Troutville, VA

#4 Sep 22, 2008
Amen!!!! Our coaching staff are a bunch of clowns.

Rochester, MN

#5 Sep 22, 2008
Excellent analysis. Davis deserves to be cut. Bench rich man Tommy Harris. He's doing a Benson on us. Put in Anthony Adams. Some fear of real world consequences needs to be unleashed on this bunch of underachievers. They are stealing the fans money.
Brandon Davis

Chicago, IL

#6 Sep 22, 2008
Grossman would have won this game!!
Brandon Davis

Chicago, IL

#7 Sep 22, 2008
Grossman would have won this game!!

“Lets Put a Smile On That Face”

Since: Sep 08

La Grange, IL

#8 Sep 22, 2008
Of course his players are tuning him out. A corpse has more life than Lovie Smith. I'd say once baseball season is over have either Ozzie or Lou coach this group of overpaid, no heart, athletes. Id have to say that until the McCasky family no longer owns this team, they will continue to suck!!!!!!
I will play QB

La Junta, CO

#10 Sep 22, 2008
To bad Bears fans paid hundreds of dollars to watch Vasher get beat,(Watch the inside slant maybe)Tillman run 15 yards to get involed in a penalty. And another year of sad play at QB. Just think if the offense moved the ball the defense would not have had to live on the field on Sunday. Any D in the league would lose energy. What's worse the Cubs not getting to the world series until this year or the Bears owners never drafting a solid QB. It's not easy being a Bears or Cubs fan. Go Cubs!!


#11 Sep 22, 2008
But,alas, Lovie has a few years left on his contract and if he were fired Bears management would have to pay 2 coaches.

One thing that I think is interesting this year is that Lovie seems to have the same fear in his eyes that he got after the Bears went south last year.

Can you imagine being in his shoes for the next 3 months? Even if he doesn't get fired, the fans will make his life miserable.

Hopefully, they will keep it close vs the Eagles. If the D gives up 40 and we only manage to kick a couple field goals, I predict an ugly scene at Soldier Field next Sunday night.

United States

#12 Sep 22, 2008
This loss was a team effort, not the fault of Charles Tillman and a bad call by the refs.

I don't know whether or not they are 'tuning Lovie out', because I am not in the locker room nor meetings, and neither are any of the other people posting here.

A little support for the team would be helpful right now, right?

Go Bears!
Bob from Salem WI

Salem, WI

#13 Sep 22, 2008
Looking forward to the playoffs for the Cubbies......Right now that's what matters most.

Georgetown, TX

#14 Sep 22, 2008
Great comments...I guess great minds do think alike! I posted earlier on a Sun Times Blog something to the same effect.

There is a discipline/leadership problem stinking up the locker room. There is nothing but Ego being served by Tillman's comments. A true team player would have taken a punch to win the game...see Gruden's players. This mess really started back in the Benson era and while the coaches maintained the players needed to win their jobs...I really think it is the coaches that need to earn back their players is gone and Lovie is a creampuff...not at all like the coach he was when he came on. Too many entitlements and not enough hunger and competition....why on earth did ever even enter a players mind to throw a punch...let alone at that point in the game in that situation!!!! Lack of discipline and not being focused on what is important and that is defined as winning.

Chuck D of Valpo

Valparaiso, IN

#15 Sep 22, 2008
Very nice article, David Haugh. The Bears have too much talent to let this happen to them. A lil' discipline and a few more wind sprints would help. Philadelphia could wind up being the make or break game of the season. Today is Monday, September 22, 2008. The Cubs and White Sox are in first place. Life is good. Jump on the bandwagon, Bears. Make this a year to remember.

Glenolden, PA

#16 Sep 22, 2008
Orton has the safest job in football, they dont have the guts to go back to Wrecks.
Jim in Green Bay

Johnson Creek, WI

#17 Sep 22, 2008
Excellent column by Haugh. No player in his right mind could defend Tillman for his ridiculous penalty. And Harris has been little more than a high-priced blocking dummy the first three games. It's time Harris starts playing at a high level and stops talking about how good he can be whenever he decides to start showing up.

Chicago, IL

#18 Sep 22, 2008
My response to the pathetic Bears...

Lets Go Hawks! Lets Go Hawks!
AJ in Los Angeles

Glendale, CA

#19 Sep 22, 2008
Great Column David,
The best line was about how we Bears fans want Lovie to care as much as we do. That's why we all loved Mike Ditka. After a game like last Sundays... he would have slammed his fist on that podium just like we all slammed our fists on our coffee tables. I watched all the post game interviews, and no one seemed angry. Why not??? Is it just a job to all of them? Only Mike Brown seems to care... and these Bears are just about due for another "Right now, We stink" line from him.

Palmetto, FL

#20 Sep 22, 2008
Orton is serviceable and that is good for you Haugh?

So lets all scream and yell at the guys that make plays all the time for screwing up a few times, and ignore the guy that rarely makes plays because he was only expected to be 'serviceable'

Kyle Orton throws a pick-six off his back foot, which in effect was worse than a missed 49 yard FG (because Gould doesn't dictate where the ball is when he is called out, Orton and the O does), and was worse than a wrongfully called penalty on Tillman even though he WAS stupid.

Did everyone somehow forget that Tillman, once again, caused a fumble that should have led to another 7 points since it left us at the Bucs 38?

Did everyone somehow forget that a Briggs and Urlacher INT left us at the Bucs 15 and still Orton couldn't get us in the end zone?

But please, tell us about how 'serviceable' Orton is. Maybe, if you repeat it enough, you will actually start to believe it.
Rocket Man

Liverpool, NY

#21 Sep 22, 2008
This team is about as fun to watch as having a root canal. AT one time I thought Lovie Smith was a good coach but his lack of emotion and inability to bench anyone else but Grossman for bad play is beyond my comprehension. Orton can manage a game well can't he? Manage it well enough so they don't trust him and they eventually do nothing on offense and lose the game, along with the help of an extremely over-rated defense. I personally do not see how they are better off with Orton compared to Grossman, who can at least threaten the opposing defense with the ability to hit a pass longer than 15 yards. Hell, even old man Brian Greise showed up the Purdue reject. Lovie Smith better wake up and shake up his team before it is too late. Oops, it is already too late.

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