Found January 12, 2012 on Chicago Bears Weblog:
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Any of these guys do anything for you? I didn’t like Dick Jauron as a coach. But at the end of the 2003 season, as much as Jauron was doing nothing for the Bears, at the time I thought “why fire a guy unless you KNOW you have targeted a better replacement.” I didn’t want the Bears to keep Jauron, but as much as I felt that way, I thought it was stupid to fire him for the sake of firing him unless the due diligence was done to identify an upgrade. What did the Bears do at the time? They fired Jauron then flopped around like a fish out of water trying to find anyone to take the job. As we all know, Jerry Angelo pursued Nick Saban first. Saban said thanks but no thanks when Angelo wouldn’t share personnel control. Then the Bears’ GM embarked on a cross-country tour to talk to college coaches Jeff Tedford and Kirk Ferentz, who both turned down the offers to interview. In my opinion the final candidates in Lovie Smith and Russ Grimm were underwhelming. Has Lovie Smith as head co...
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