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They Didn’t Think Much of Lovie Smith in Illinois

A lot of people were surprised when the Chicago Bears fired coach Lovie Smith after a 10-6 season, but it doesn’t look like many of those people reside in Illinois.

As we’ve mentioned before, there were some Bears fans hoping the team would finish out of the playoffs so Smith would get fired. Of course, this attitude didn’t become prevalent until the Bears entered their annual late-season swoon.

Anyway, the Bears had some good years and even made it to the Super Bowl under Smith (first black coach to lose a Super Bowl!), but they made the playoffs just three times in his nine seasons. Further, Smith was 8-11 against the Green Bay Packers.

After winning seven of first of his 10 against Green Bay, the Bears dropped eight of the next nine.

So, while Smith’s 81-63 regular season record probably looks fine to most people, it isn’t fine for a place like Chicago. Three playoff appearances in nine seasons wouldn’t be fine in Green Bay either.

Still, this disparity of opinion is amusing.

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(Via Shutdown Corner)

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6 Comments

  1. nurseratchett January 2, 2013

    Last year it was their GM’s fault–Fire Jerry! Was a sign some friends of ours took to a Bears game last season. This year, its Lovie’s fault.

    Next year, they’ll have the ready-made excuse that its a building year!

    The Bears STILL SUCK.

  2. Greg January 2, 2013

    2 years of playing good football, with the eventual late season meltdown. It’s got to be beyond frustrating for Bears fans

    Main problem: can’t beat The Packers.

  3. brad January 2, 2013

    Said his main focus was to beat the packers = fail = fired.

  4. E. Wolf January 2, 2013

    Lovey Smith was not a bad coach–the problem was the GM and personnell on the offense.

  5. Packer Bob January 2, 2013

    Gotta love the NFL. Lovie Smith gets fired but Rex Ryan stays on.

    1. Vijay January 3, 2013

      Agreed Packer Bob, Agreed. Lovie is a good head coach. This was really the fault of promoting an O Line coach in Mike Tice to Offensive Coordinator. I mean let’s compare Mike McCarthy offense to a Mike Tice offense…see any issues from the Bears side? Yeah, the wrong guy was once again pegged the scapegoat. Well, at least for their sake, they likely won’t retain the services of Mike Tice.