Bears GM Phil Emery informed Smith that he would be releieved of duties as the Bears head coach. A move that has a lot of fans happy, while others hope Emery made the right decision.
Smith addressed his team for the final time this morning in a speech that lasted five minutes as he thanked the players for his time here in Chicago. Many players are confused as to why Smith was fired and leaving them in question of their job. One of those players might be linebacker Brian Urlacher who struggled with injuries this past season.
According to Brad Biggs, Devin Hester has seemed to take it the hardest as he’s “considereing retirement” from the NFL. Hester also went on to say that Bears fans “Got what they wanted” by the firing of Lovie Smith.
In his nine seasons with the Bears, Smith finished 81-63 with three division championships and an NFC Championship. This season the Bears started 7-1 but finished 10-6 and failed to make the playoffs.
During his time, the knock on Smith was his inability to establish a solid offensive threat to go along with a dominant Bears defense. The offensive line continued to be a major problem for the Bears the past few seasons leading the Bears to struggle on the offensive side of the ball.
Even with playmakers like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, the Bears couldn’t pose a threat on offense to opposing teams this year and it might have coasted them a playoff spot this year.
Since Lovie took over in 2003, the Bears have ranked higher than 23rd in the NFL in offense only once. While they have ranked 28th or lower in four of Lovie’s seasons here in Chicago.
As Lovie exists Chicago, the offensive coaching staff is expected to follow suite as Phil Emery will have a press conference Tuesday morning at Halas Hall.
The question is now will Phil Emery bring in an offensive minded coach to Chicago? It’s a high possibility with names like Kyle Shanahan, Mike McCoy, Chip Kelly and Jon Gruden being floated around as candidates for the Bears job.
One thing certain though is the Bears head coaching job will be one of the most attractive jobs in the NFL.