Interesting read. What do you guys think? Everyone has HUGE expectations going into this season. A lot of Chicago Bears fans are expecting a Super Bowl win. What if the offensive line ISN'T fixed? What if a couple of key injuries (Peppers, Urlacher etc etc) result in another 8-8 season?
Can Lovie Smith survive if this season doesn't meet the fans high expectations?
LINK to the article
7. Lovie Smith, Bears
2011 was so odd for Smith: He could've avoided a spot here if Jay Cutler hadn't been injured or even if Chicago had a capable backup. Of course, if they had a capable backup, Phil Emery wouldn't be the new GM in town.
And a new GM in town can always mean trouble for a head coach.
It was a little surprising to see Chicago retain Lovie, and it's going to be tough for him in 2012 with the NFC North theoretically only becoming stronger. The Bears have plenty of expectations as well, and went out and landed Brandon Marshall this offseason to reunite with Cutler, as well as picking up Jason Campbell to serve as the aforementioned capable backup. Serious defensive regression, injury or aging could spell doom for Smith, especially if the Bears don't challenge for the division title.