The Chicago Bears deciding to fire Lovie Smith was a bit surprising. It goes without saying that a given team missing the postseason in five of six years isn’t particularly impressive, but that can’t be the sole measuring stick by which personnel changes are made. Extenuating circumstances have to be taken into account. Talent on the roster, division foes, schedule – all of these things play a role in how a team ultimately performs.
What’s done is done, though. The Bears severed ties with Smith, and while he didn’t get the Buffalo Bills job, it is a virtual certainty that he will land on his feet somewhere.
Where Chicago goes from here is far more uncertain.
Early this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Bears were bringing in nearly a dozen head coaching candidates for a second round of interviews. That group, coupled with the folks they haven’t interviewed yet that are still on the agenda, should tell you everything you need to know about how wide of a net ownership is casting.
One interesting name to emerge over the past 24 hours:
Singletary’s great playing career with the Bears is a matter of public record, however, it also doesn’t in any way qualify him to take over the team as head coach. During his brief stint as the San Francisco 49ers play caller, the only thing of note he ever did was drop his pants in the locker room in a failed effort to rile up his troops.
Seeing as the Niners ultimately went 18-22 under his reign, it’s probably safe to say that the tactic didn’t work.
When you get rid of a coach like Lovie Smith, you better get someone really good to step into his shoes. Singletary, as entertaining as he definitely is, isn’t the head coach Chicago needs right now.