Bears would appeal to Cowher
Esiason: Bears would appeal to Cowher - chicagotribune.com
I'm not as down on Lovie as a lot of people, but I think Cowher would make an excellent Bears coach. Players respect Lovie, but he's too unemotional and seemingly detached.
Esiason: Bears would appeal to Cowher
NFL analyst Boomer Esiason shared his thoughts Monday on the Chicago Bears' need to commit to the passing game and whether he ever could envision Bill Cowher coming out of retirement and perhaps pacing the Soldier Field sidelines.
“The only two coaching spots that I think that he would ever come out of retirement for ... one would be the New York Giants and the other one would be the Chicago Bears, because he’s that type of guy,” Esiason said of Cowher, his CBS Sports colleague, on "The McNeil and Spiegel Show" on WSCR-AM 670.
“Being so close to him over the last few years and watching him go through his total personal-life upheaval with the death of his wife and watching how he’s handled that with great dignity and professionalism, I’m just telling you, there is no dirt on that man. This guy is as good as he seems. He’s everything that you’d expect him to be.”
Esiason was asked what he expected from the Bears' offense this season with wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery added to quarterback Jay Cutler's arsenal.
"To me, it really comes down to Mike Tice,” said Esiason, referring to the Bears' new offensive coordinator. “Is Mike Tice going to be (stuck) in tradition, and run the ball and keeping it simple, or is he going to spread it out and join the rest of the NFL and utilize the new weapons that they have? It’s great to have weapons, but if your coaches and your coaching staff can’t put those weapons in positions where they can win and actually go out and get a championship, then it doesn’t really matter who you have."
Esiason said the kind of modern NFL offense on display in places such as Green Bay and New England needs to be embraced in Chicago.
"The traditional way of doing things in the NFL has gone by the wayside," Esiason said. "I know that Mike Tice, a former offensive line coach and all this other nonsense, is going to be about protection first and running the ball. You're going to win your share of games doing that ... but if you want to join the NFL, in this day and age, you'd better spread it out and learn to throw effectively. ... And I'm not sure that's in his DNA makeup.
"You've got to throw the ball, and you've got to throw the ball effectively. And you've got to do it at least 25 to 35 times a game. It’s not about running the ball 25 times and playing defense. I know you have a great running back there in Matt Forte, but if you want to win, if you want to get to the next level, your quarterback and your offense have gotta do it.”
Anyway, I hope Lovie and the Bears will go all the way and win that trophy down in NOrleans. Then we don't even need to start speculating about his replacement.