I'm not at either extreme with the issue of keeping or firing Lovie. I just try to look thoughtfully at the potential advantages/disadvantages that will be the consequences of either decision. I want to see us have a class franchise like the elite franchises of the NFL that have won multiple Super Bowls, and are often making deep runs in the playoffs.
It's not a simple formula for getting there. Otherwise we'd have 32 franchises performing at that level. Instead we have maybe 3 or 4.
It's not simply changing coaches either. Often the teams that perform the best over time are the ones who don't change coaches very often. Fans love to change coaches, thinking it is the fast track to a Super Bowl. Kind of like thinking that buying more lottery tickets will make them rich. It doesn't always happen that way. I look at teams like Detroit and see what "change" can do for a team. Granted, there is a time when it pays off to change coaches. This is what Emery needs to decide this off-season, and it's not a black and white decision IMHO. There are shades of gray here.
I believe the quickest route to a Super Bowl win, is to build on what we now have. To me, our weakest link was Jerry Angelo. Others disagree with me about this, and that's fine. I just believe Lovie Smith will take this team to the next level (quickly) with the kind of talent Emery has acquired, and will continue, to bring in. I love what he's done so far. He clearly understands football talent better (light years better) than Angelo.
The problem is that he's only had a few months to begin digging us out of the hole Jerry Angelo dug for this Chicago Bears team. But he's got a great start.
The fans often want instant gratification. Some have already complained here in this forum about Emery's moves. I guess they think getting yet another GM is the answer. Like buying another lottery ticket is the answer to their financial woes. Well. Life isn't always an "instant gratification" thing.
I think that bringing Emery here, coupled with us getting significantly better talent, coupled with us having a solid defense, special teams, and an offense that has the beginnings of being solid (an oline, TE & OC, away from being solid IMHO) then why would we want to bring in a new head coach, and certainly there would follow, the influx of all new coordinators and coaches (I'd be shocked if any sub coaches remained except for maybe Cutler getting Bates a pass), and new schemes on offense, defense, and special teams, and then getting the correct players to optimize those schemes........well, I begin to think there is some downside here. And the end result could be a worse situation than what we have now. Ask Detroit how this scenario can play out.
I don't believe that building on what we now have is "accepting mediocrity" but it could simply be a smart move on Emery's part, and taking the quickest and most direct route to having a class franchise for years to come, and win multiple Super Bowls.