Lovie Smith: NFL Coach of the Year?
December 6, 2010 by Rex Jaybels
It’s hard to believe I have actually typed those words, but I did, and I’m not the only one.
What has happened this season, whether it has been pretty or not, has to have Lovie Smith in the discussion for the honor of Coach of the Year, and I’m sure it brings mixed emotions to Bears fans all over.
Prior to the season, the Bears hadn’t been given much respect in the minds of the prognosticators:
Fox Sports (6-10) – “Mike Martz says he is committed to the run. If you believe that, I have an island to sell you in the Caribbean.”
NY Times blogger Andy Benoit (7-9) – There’s too much talent here for this team to fail completely, but there are also too many flaws (offensive line, receiving corps, Martz’s system, secondary) for it to succeed.
Clark Judge CBS Sports (7-9) – “…I think Chicago is much closer to fourth than it is second.”
Bill Simmons ESPN (3-13) – “…Rams, Bills, Broncos, Seahawks, Bucs and Bears as the league’s doormats…”
Don Banks Sports Illustrated (5-11) – “…there was something entirely listless and directionless about the 0-4 Bears this summer, and I do believe that bodes for big trouble in Chicago.”
ESPN didn’t have one expert who had the Bears finishing any better than third in the division, and Adam Schefter even had them finishing behind the Detroit Lions.
Instead, the Bears are 9-3, and depending on which week it is, they seem to be real contenders in the NFC.
How has this happened?
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It's been a nice run so far Gzan but let's see what the final quarter of the season brings. If Lovie and his crew and coach this team to a 3-1 finish and 12-4 overall I might consider throwing away my "Dump Lovie" lapel pin but until then he's just another coach with his back against the wall. To me it's playoffs or bust and that's as far as my support of him goes.
I don't think so...he definitely should be mentioned, but Rahim Morris the Bucs coach should probably get it
I think Childress was in that discussion a year ago.
Todd Haley needs a mention.
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