You know why I have faith in Emery? It was just a little while ago here on these boards that lots of folks were worried or claiming that no way was Lovie gonna get the axe. No way Emery had the "real power". No way would ownership eat his big contract money. No way would HH allow their "golden boy" go. No way could you fire a HC who won 10 games. Yada Yada Yada. I said Lovie was a dead man walking unless he made a deep playoff run. I knew Emery was different. The guy has BALLZ and pulled the trigger without hesitation. He impressed the heck out of everyone in his presser when he explained everything in detail and showed tremendous command of the situation, the facts, and articulated a well-thought plan. Lovie was all but fired when he lost to Green Bay at home and lost the division in the process. Emery doesn't put up with bullshit and he doesn't tolerate mediocrity or excuses. Love him.
He knows where we have fallen short on and off the field and I have every confidence that he will attend to it very diligently. This isn't the Lovie-Angelo show anymore. We are on the right road finally.
Btw, Christian 'quacking duck' Ponder is out of tonight's game...
[sorry for getting sidetracked on the threads original topic]
He makes decisions for intelligent reasons, but I want to see what he does in FA and Draft for another year or so, before declaring him the savior.
Regarding the intent of the original post. I do think Cutler needs to improve. It is, however, impossible to determine whether all the offenses woes are Cutlers' fault. The weakness of the O-line impairs both the running and passing games. This is due to one feeding off the other.
For me, it isn't that I have given Jay a pass, rather more of a "judgement withheld pending more specific data" kind of thing. Two reasons for this. One, the well known problems with the O-Line, and the impact this has on the run game, which in turn affects the passing game. This is in addition to the direct impact on the passing game as well. Two, if the O-Line can't run block or pass protect well, then ANY quarterback put behind the line will under perform. Should that QB be a recently drafted player, it could very well ruin that QB.
I see it this way, whether Jay is or is not the Bears Qb of the future, the O-Line has to be improved first. If this is done, and Jay continues to play as he currently does, then we know where the problem lies, and can either A: fix it (improve the player), or B: get a better player (Replace Jay). If this is not done, then whomever the poor bastard that's stuck behind the line will be awful, and we will be back on the QB merry-go-round all over again. Oh, and the O-Line will STILL need fixing.
Jays' QB rating with the Bears has been in the high 70s (78?) to mid 80s (86?) off the top of my head. The upper end of that range is good enough to win a lot of games. I am of the opinion that with improvements to the o-line Jays' performance will improve as well. Most likely to the tune of that 7 to 10 points of QB rating.
Jay does have his faults, he does seem to like to "key in" on one receiver a fair amount. He could stand improvement in progressing through his reads (my opinion). He has a bad habit of throwing off his back foot from time to time. He could be better at play action. And sometimes it seems he just tries to do too much, holding out for something better (deeper), and getting sacked when he could have gotten a short completion or simply thrown it away. This is at least partly related to being a bit distracted in the pocket, mostly likely due to having to ask himself "Is my O-Line still protecting me?" starting at around 0.25 seconds after the snap. Hopefully, we get a coach that has the patience to help Jay with these problems.
Jay's gonna be all right, as long as we get one of the more strong minded Offensive minds at the top of the list. Honestly, they could've simply opt for an oc to make the team adequate. They instead fires Lovie and are talking to multiple OC's from around the league, and have more to talk to. In all likelihood, there's going to be 50% or more turnover in coaching staff; they are scorching hell on earth, it seems. Personally believe a lot more coaches will stay, but that seems what the consensus thinks.
The Bears shouldn't be blamed for Lovie's failure. In fact, I commend the Bears organization for having the guts to fire Lovie. The fans won here. We have a shot now at being a great team. If they had kept Lovie Smith, he would have continued to put the same type of teams on the field - 3rd place in the NFC-N.
The fans deserved better than that.
I wish Lovie all the good luck in the world. Hope he lands in a great situation. I like the guy a lot, and will always appreciate the fact that he tried his best for the Bears. Unfortunately his best was not good enough.
It came down to either accepting mediocrity, or taking a shot at being a better team. One that can win a Super Bowl, and maybe even multiple Super Bowls. That's my 2-cents worth anyway.
Lovie was hired VERY LATE, and all the good OCs were taken. That is how we got Terry Shea. He was fired after one year and Turner was brought in. Turner was pretty good, but fans hated him because he could not turn crap (Grossman and Orton) in to stars. Enter Cutler who hates all OCs not named Bates (apparently) and Turner is gone. Lovie in a contract year (more or less) needs a new OC. No OC worth a damn is going to come in to what might be a one year situation, so we got stuck with Martz. Cutler got Martz fired, and once again in a contract year Lovie needs a new OC. Same problem as last time. No OC worth a damn wants a one year gig, so Tice got promoted.
The problem with Lovie and the OC, was he was always behind the 8-ball when it came to hiring his OC.