I agree either him or John Gruden if he would come out of the booth. However Jeremy Bates should be OC IMO.
Originally Posted by ditka4ever
They might give Lovie a 1 or 2 year extension, but I don't think he is able to hire the right coordinators to bring a SB champtionship. I actually think Martz is better than many of the other OC's in the league including Tice. Martz brought the team to the NFC championship so how bad can he be? Green bay was just a better team that year with a better QB.
Lovie's time is up. Bring back Rivera as DC. Bring in Jay or Jon Gruden as Head Coach.
If we keep Lovie's contract, maybe we can trade him to another team like Dallas.
I think Marty Schottenheimer would be a cheap, but reliable option. The guy always makes the playoffs.
Lovie isn't a game day coach. When was the last time the Bears won a big game? The can't beat the Packers, 49ers, Pats, Texans, Packers, Falcons! I would say the last big game they won was the Jan 2007 against the Saints to go to the Super Bowl.
I like your post here. I mean the team loves him and they play hard for him. The problem has been the talent around us. Let Emery get that talent to better the team and people will be saying something different.....a better O-line, some receivers that can play off the bench, better T.E. and younger defensive players and we will be straight.
We all know Lovie's pros and cons and Emery sure does too.
Originally Posted by MarkBear
Respected by his players who do play hard for him
Continuity, wholesale re-vamping unnecessary
Consistently gets good production out of his defenses
Improving but still a below average gameday manager
Lost on offense, requires a quality OC to be effective
Can be overly loyal to players/coaches beneath him which clouds judgment when they're ineffective
Sure, better talent especially on O is needed. Specifically we need 2 new starters on OL and one additional pass weapon (WR or TE) plus some forethought at the LB position. But, if you're gonna keep Lovie (and I don't necessarily object to that), its imperative that he has a good and dynamic and influential OC at his side. Not just a yes-man. An OC who can gameplan and playcall properly and one Emery respects and listens to when Lovie is pushing too hard for more D players and neglecting the O, like he tends to do.
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We also need to start replacing our aging defense
Originally Posted by MPBears68
How? I don't see major changes as possible or even necessary this offseason. Most of the DL and secondary are young. Among those D players who are over 30, Tillman, Briggs, and Peppers are still playing at a high level. The first 2 are shoe-ins for the pro bowl again this year. The obvious exception is Urlacher. We don't know what's going to happen yet. He may retire. He may be able to play at a decent level (all that he adds considered in) for another year or two after a full offseason without further injury/surgery to his ailing knee which cLearly hobbled him all year long. We don't know yet. The best I could see us reasonably accomplishing this spring is drafting a ~ 2nd rounder to play SLB (maybe replacing Roach if he goes to MLB, maybe with a view to playing MLB himself after a year of mentoring).
Originally Posted by The Benjamin
Beyond that, the key moves this offseason have to be on O. That's clearly what has held this team back this year (and some key injuries which are unpredictable). The OL is a disaster I'm sure you would agree. We desperately need an LT in FA which would likely suck up most of the available cap space as far as major non-draft acquisitions go. We also need an interior OL starter as well. Ideally a 1st rounder who can play OG for a year and then slide over to OC to supplant Garza. Something along those lines. We also definitely need another receiving option to develop. Either a speedster WR (replacing the Hester/Knox role) or a legit receiving threat at TE. That's a tall order as it is being down a 3rd round pick as we are currently. Emery is going to have to be creative and that's why I see Hester as pretty much the only trade-bait we have that might be leverage-able for some value.
We just can't allow another year to go by without upgrading the O in general and the OL in particular. The D is largely going to have to wait to 2014 IMO.
Originally Posted by MPBears68
This is how I see it too.
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I believe that the D can be improved in the later parts of the draft and by FA just like the CB position was this season-by competition. I can't see why the DB and DE spots can't be bolstered that way. As far as LB goes it could be FA or roll w/what we have for another year. Meantime though there will at least be solid depth at the position if injuries come around again.
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We don't have $15 million in cap space this year like we did last. I'm all for "depth and competition" in FA but was just figuring realistically that a LT would take up the vast majority of available discretionary salary cap and that's the bigger need to fill if possible.