Yesterday on CBSSports.com, Senior NFL Blogger Will Brinson revealed his 10 hottest coaching seats in the NFL. And to no ones surprise Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith made the list. When the Bears hired general manager Phil Emery, he was hired with the understanding that he would retain Lovie as his coach for 2012. After that it's his call.
With a new offensive coordinator in place, a few new weapons for quarterback Jay Cutler to throw to, and a talented defense returning, there's no reason the Bears couldn't be a playoff team this season. But is it playoffs or bust for Lovie Smith? After the jump a look at where Brinson had Lovie on his list.
7. Lovie Smith, Bears
2011 was so odd for Smith: He could've avoided a spot here if Jay Cutler hadn't been injured or even if Chicago had a capable backup. Of course, if they had a capable backup, Phil Emery wouldn't be the new GM in town. And a new GM in town can always mean trouble for a head coach. It was...