The idea behind this post has nothing to do with the loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and everything we've seen from this team. Honestly, this has more to do with tenure than this year's team, this opinion is simply a reflection that the Bears should end the madness.
While ultimately the decision to fire Lovie Smith will be made based on wins and losses and the Bears likely getting into the playoffs we should look much deeper.
When you look deeper into Lovie Smith's tenure, each and every season has been marred by chaos in one form or another.
Start with the offensive coordinator problems the Bears have had over the last nine years. Terry Shea, Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice; none of them have managed to the Bears' offense to perform at a high level over a long period of time. Shea's offense was deplorable and it lasted for one season before getting the boot. The Ron Turner offense was the most consistent offense the Bears had, but the Rex Grossman/Kyle Orton saga destroyed the championship window that was open with this defense.
The Rex is our quarterback saga morphed into Devin Hester is a number one wide receiver, which morphed into we're happy with the group of offensive linemen we have. There is absolutely no leadership, no direction and no accountability and no discipline on the offensive side of the football.
Punishing a good season by Thomas Jones by drafting Cedric Benson and bringing chaos to the locker room with a selfish personality. Benson was a draft selection that should have never have been made based solely on the solid production Jones had in 2004.
The Rex Grossman Kyle Orton saga, as if you need any reminder was one of many low points in Lovie Smith's tenure. Grossman, the mental midget could not take care of the football, often times looking like a clown with his idiotic decision making. Smith meanwhile seemed to insist that Good Rex from the first five games of 2006 would return. That Grossman never did return as defense identified his faults and weaknesses and exploited them. This led to the Bears missing the playoffs for two straight years before deciding to go out and trade for Jay Cutler.
Cutler came in and plays behind a bad offensive line, a bad receiving core and a bad defense. Again Lovie Smith insisting that Tommie Harris would return to the Tommie Harris of old and that his knee was fine. Harris' knee never returned to health and the Bears lacked a pass rush would put even more pressure on the defense and offense. The lack of pass rush that snowballed based on Lovie's insistence that Mark Anderson was a starting defensive end. Punishing Alex Brown for being a strong starter at defensive end by promoting Mark Anderson.
The Bears went out and spent a ton of money to land Julius Peppers and hired Mike Martz to run the offense. Martz in turn insisted on finding his players, deciding Brandon Manumaleuna was a better help to the offense than Greg Olsen. Olsen had his faults, but he was a weapon that could have been used in this offense. Instead the loss of this weapon is costing the Bears now.
The Bears' offensive line consistently leads the league in penalties committed by an offensive line, or has been among the worst in other years. That lack of discipline by the front five has led to numerous momentum killing penalties at critical times when the offense is building some of their first momentum of the game. The offensive line has been a revolving door of players including a washed up Orlando Pace (and likely ruining Chris Williams learning curve as a LT) paying a lot of money for a backup LT and then trying to turn him into a guard.
Relying on raw prospects to fix the offensive line while getting the franchise QB killed behind that forever developing offensive line with no direction or consistency. Mike Tice has played musical chairs with the line and has no firm idea what starting offensive line to go with. He's moved players to new positions thus weakening the overall strength and growth and chemistry of the unit.
The revolving door at safety where Smith drafts a new safety every year and can't seem to find a decent starting tandem until nine years into his tenure. No direction in the secondary, punishing players for good play and then forcing those players to win starting jobs.
There seems to be one consistent theme to define Lovie Smith's tenure in Chicago, at one position or another there has been a high level of dishevelment. There has never been a level of peace and growth and consistency to this team in the nine years that Lovie Smith has been year.
This year is no different than year's past with no direction or creativity on offense, and disarray on the offensive line that has led to a regression of the running game and yet another year in which Cutler gets beaten to a pulp.
Now, after nine years the time has come to make a change, to find peace and harmony and end the whirlpool of madness that exists in the Windy City. New leadership and a new direction is needed and Lovie Smith has to go.