Blame for Bears' defensive failures m...

Blame for Bears' defensive failures misplaced

There are 166 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 7, 2009, titled Blame for Bears' defensive failures misplaced. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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Tucson, AZ

#1 Jan 7, 2009
Well said, the Bears are merely trying to shift their defensive woes away from the real problem. Its ashame Lovie appears to be incapable of admitting when he's wrong, which has been a frequent occurrence since the Super Bowl loss.

Mundelein, IL

#2 Jan 7, 2009
alas ...someone speaks with knowledge...maybe u should write about the Bulls...

Houston, TX

#3 Jan 7, 2009
This is like trying to apply Band-Aids to a massive injuries. This staff needs to be amputated.

Verona, WI

#4 Jan 7, 2009
I hate to say it because it will never happen in this town, but how exciting would it be to think of the Bears actually hiring someone established to run their defense like the Packers are doing with Mike Nolan? Personally, I would like to see that along with the idea of switching to a 3-4 defense. The d-line would need to be revamped, but you have to love the idea of lining Briggs and Urlacher up at the two inside LB spots. That alone would be worth the price of admission.

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jan 7, 2009
Hit the nail on the head. Its a shame Angelo is using the position coaches as scapegoats. His potential hiring of Marinelli as D-line coach is spineless and just doesn't want to ruffle Lovie's feathers. If he really wants to change, hire him as D-coordinator and get rid of Babich. At least, there would be some hope the "D" would improve but like your article states - just changing position coaches - is like changing bulbs on a house that has bad wiring! Its incredible to me that other teams fire coordinators in a blink of an eye but Bears management keep doing the same thing over and over again. That's insanity!

Canton, GA

#6 Jan 7, 2009
Lovie is an idiot if he holds onto Babich. And my whole opinion of Lovie just turned to Mud. One good thing though. After next seasons dismal record and defensive and offensive failures, Lovie and the whole staff will be fired!

Chicago, IL

#7 Jan 7, 2009
I agree.

Olympia Fields, IL

#8 Jan 7, 2009
This whole mess is crazy!! How could Lovie Smith have this much power?? You would have thought that Lovie Smith have won a Super Bowl!! I think it is crazy for us Bears fans to go through another year of this bad football team because we have a coach who is to stubborn and insecure to change scheme or bring in coaches who can get these players to play he belove Cover 2. One good thing comes out of this though, when the Bears suck next, year Lovies butt is gone.

Morgan Hill, CA

#9 Jan 7, 2009
two worse experiences for me from watching Bears' games last season: lost the game and Lovie's clueless look on the sideline. Hey, not holding the right people accountable is a trickle down effect starting with Angelo refuses to hold Lovie accountable for team's performance. On firing coordinators, look at how teams done that in the past by first fired the head coach. New head coach will build his own coaching staff. Thus, Babich would be gone before the position coaches get replaced. Lovie admits that he is a bad head coach? That's like Angelo admits he is a bad GM!

Morgan Hill, CA

#10 Jan 7, 2009
I'm praying for Lovie to buy a winning Lottery ticket so he retires. Him continues as the Bears head coach kills me in every way. This guy's personality fits to be head coach for team like Seattle Seahawks. Bears need a head coach like Mike Ditka, period. Ditka will meet face-to-face with a player did not execute assignment or complete a play like catching or holding on to the ball immediately. Doesn't matter on how much that player is paid. Lovie is the opposite. He looks away and uses an excuse line in post game interview - we keep it within the family. What a crock a bull!!!

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 8, 2009
Amen, praise be to the Lord...
Bob in Breckenridge CO

United States

#12 Jan 8, 2009
It all starts up front. If the D-line cannot pressure the QB, and the Bears D-line CANNOT, you have to rely on blitzing, and you'll get burned doing that by the better QB's in NFL. No pass rush means the LB's and DB's have to cover their guys longer, which is why those two positions, with the exception of Briggs and Mike Brown, were terrible. Ogunlele needs to go. He's too small and gets pushed around most of the time. And find another starting DT to play along side Tommy Harris!

Verona, VA

#13 Jan 8, 2009
Congrats David, you got this one right. Fire Lovie's old bunk buddy Babich now! Babich must be a good cuddler.

Mount Dora, FL

#14 Jan 8, 2009
Lovie is obviously a delusional moron. If the guy can't look in the miiror and tell himself who is really at fault he shouldn't be a head coach. He is really really pathetic and in obvious denial. He definitely hasn't heard that Denial in not just a river in Egypt.

Aurora, IL

#15 Jan 8, 2009

Now you're talking.
This is exactly how the fans feel.
Now, if you only could repeat this article or some form of it everyday until the start of the season to make sure it reaches the higher-ups of the Bears organization. Otherwise, it will be forgot or unread. Maybe we should organize a protest in front of the McCaskies home with 10,000 fans +.
I'm afraid that all we will see is another so-so season, another wasted year....and much more un-fans of Lovie and Angelo.
Somebody has to speak for the fans. Thanks for speaking.

Chicago, IL

#16 Jan 8, 2009
Angelo & Lovie are incompetent. Poor evaluation of talent and poor draft choices along with poor coaching and schemes will make the Bears the next 0-16 team.

Urlacher's talent is being wasted. The D-Line is fair at best and the O-line which is fair is getting old.
Michigan Bear fan

Nashville, TN

#17 Jan 8, 2009
DieHard wrote:
Lovie is an idiot if he holds onto Babich. And my whole opinion of Lovie just turned to Mud. One good thing though. After next seasons dismal record and defensive and offensive failures, Lovie and the whole staff will be fired!
I was holding off on berating Lovie too, but this has convinced me whatever he had he lost. Most evidence points to he lost Ron Rivera and is reaping his reward. Angelo, Lovie and Babich all need to go. Urlacher needs to hang it up. But the way it is looking the present Bears brain trust (?) is going to be hiring all the fired Detroit coaching staff so we will be joining the Ford family for fight for last place. Congtrats to the McCaskey family for once again milking the profits out of the team while sending in to the basement of respectability.

Since: Oct 08

Dane, WI

#18 Jan 8, 2009
Lets just hope Jerry wakes up today and say See you later Bob! And if Lovie don't like it send him on his way, Because he shows nothing on the sidelines THAT A REAL CHICAGO BEARS COACH! Remember good old Abe when he threw stuff or Papa Bear when he went OFF ? How can this family forget the basic Bears Coaches that got pissed off, the 70's in Chicago football sucked but we still stood behind or coach

Channahon, IL

#19 Jan 8, 2009
If there's anything i loathe in a coach is a stubborn belief that the "system" is more important than the people running it.

Lovie is providing a daily affirmation that he is just that kind of coach.

Lovie, this is not a high school team wherein you can recruit people to fit the system. The system must be adapted, CONSTANTLY, to fit the players, not the over way around.

Then, we might not have to blame coaches who can't possibly be the problem.

Olathe, KS

#20 Jan 8, 2009
No doubt, you got that right David! You see Rivera succeeding in SD while our defense continues its struggl'n ways! I'm not saying those guys shouldn't have been fired, BUT the main guy calling the plays should have been the first to go or at least have been demoted. This defensive scheme does not suit our team and for them to continue to use it is just going to hurt us. Angelo needs to step in and says something to Lovie or he goes out the door with the rest of the bums!

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