Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Bears general manager Phil Emery said today it was Lovie Smith’s inability to build an offense that led to his firing (Credit: AP Photo) During his nine seasons as the Chicago Bears coach, Lovie Smith was able to build top defenses year after year. Unfortunately for Smith, defense never won the Bears a championship. Today, while addressing the media, Bears general manager Phil Emery spoke on his decision to fire Lovie Smith. According to Emery, it was Smith’s lack of ability to build an offense that led to his firing. “Our No. 1 goal always has to be to win championships, and to win championships we have to be in contention on a consistent basis, and to be in contention we have to make the playoffs on a consistent basis. We’ve had defensive excellence, but during the course of coach Smith’s years here we’ve had one offense that was ranked in the top 15.” Emery went on to mention that Smith failed to build a top offense despite changing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks on more than once occasion. He also discussed that the Bears’ owners gave him the power to make the decision about Smith’s job and that he decided Smith was not getting the job done. “I made the decision to move forward in a different direction with our head football coach,” Emery said. To be fair to Lovie Smith, he did have to work with quarterbacks like Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman, Brian Griese and Chad Hutchinson. Jay Cutler was the only quarterback that brought some stability to position. How Lovie Smith was able to take Rex Grossman and make the team 13-3 in 2006 is still beyond me. Why the Chicago Bears fired Lovie Smith is beyond me as well. The post Bears GM: Lovie Smith failed at building the offense appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.

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