Players will make Bears coach good
LINK to the article Players will make Bears coach good When the Chicago Bears hired Mike Ditka as coach back in the early 1980s, I remember writing a column condemning the hire, claiming Ditka didn't have the experience to become a head coach.
We all know how that turned out.
I've watched with interest each time the hiring process has been cranked up since then, but tempered my opinion with the realization that who really knows what will make a good NFL coach?
Guys like Ditka, with little coaching experience, turn out great. Others with tons of college or pro success on their resumes turn out bad (see Dave Wannstedt).
I was never a big Lovie Smith fan. Some of the things he did I liked, others _ mainly his evaluation of personnel _ I didn't.
I don't have any strong feelings for who should be the Bears next coach but I'm encouraged that general manager Phil Emery acted swifty in deposing Smith and seems to be leaving no stone unturned in his search of a new coach.
It is certainly possible there are multiple candidates out there who could ignite the Bears offense, help rebuild an aging defense and work closely with the Emery in strengthening the roster through the draft. I'm just hoping he hits on one of those.
I remember one thing Ditka did when he took over, however. When Noah Jackson was the Bears most celebrated offensive lineman, he cut him even though the team had no one to replace him. He was that confident he could find somebody better.
In the NFL - and at other levels, too - it's most often the players who make the coach, not the other way around.
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 01-07-2013 at 01:59 PM.
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I'm not a big fan of the article. If the players are supposed to make the coach, why do we need a coach. I believe the exact opposite. The coach picks and grows the players. He molds them sometimes to his own personallity (dislike of the media) and sometimes to what he wants them to be. He needs to know the game, provide the fire and motivation to get them to play their very best and provide the coaches under him that can make the players better.
In every way, I think the coach makes the players. Right from the beginning where the coaches decide WHO will be their players (as the article states) to getting them to play disiplined, hard-nosed football at a high level.
Well, there was an article on the tribune recently that said Emery may want to keep Marinelli, so that an inexperienced HC wouldn't be getting overwhelmed. Either way, it's easy to see how this roster could get to 13 wins, and if the injuries that screwed us the last few years don't hit again this year, they will make him look better than he is irl.