Lovie Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Chicago Bears came into the 2012 NFL Season with a goal, to once again become Super Bowl Champions. The Bears missed the playoffs last season due to a handful of injuries and a poor offense. They lacked an elite play making WR and a consistent Quarterback.
So the Bears made a statement in the past NFL off-season. They went out and snagged a top-notch WR in Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins. Marshall had a Pro Bowl season with his short stint in Miami, as he recorded 81 catches for 1,214 yards and six scores.
The Chicago Bears went out and filled their biggest hole in the offense. Brandon Marshall has played with Bears starting QB Jay Cutler before. With the Denver Broncos, in 2008, Cutler and Marshall hooked up for 104 passes for 1,265 yards and six TD’s. They rent into the 2012 Season looking to repeat the same success that they had with each other in Mile High stadium.
Now that there is chemistry and an elite WR on the once struggling offense, the Bears started off strong in 2012, winning their first seven of eight games. With Marshall and Cutler, clicking right away, the Bears were leading their division. The defense was no slouch either, often compared to the ’85 Bears defense. Even the rushing game was coming alive, as Matt Forte carried the rock for the Bears. Everything looked good for Chicago, and another Super Bowl Title was in the near future.
After the Bears hot start, things started to slow turn, and were going downhill. Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in a Week 10 loss at home to the AFC favorites, the Houston Texans. This caused Cutler to miss a crucial game against a dangerous San Francisco 49er’s squad, who also had their starting QB Alex Smith out due to a concussion.
Jason Campbell, Bears backup quarterback, did not gel with the Chicago offense as the 49ers and their now starting QB Colin Kaepernick shined against an injured Bears team.
Things went from bad to worse, as the Bears then went on to lose three out of their last four games; two to division foes, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bears had high hopes coming into the 2012 NFL Season, and started out strong. Once again injuries have cost Lovie Smith‘s squad. Or is it the head coach himself?
Lovie Smith has been a stellar coach for the Chicago Bears, reaching the Super Bowl in 2006, and reaching the NFC Championship in 2010. He’s always been known to be on the hot seat in previous years, but many people are stirring on whether or not this will be Smith’s last season as Bears Head Coach.
With a 7-1 start, his squad was almost guaranteed a spot in the postseason, now they are fighting for their lives. If Lovie Smith doesn’t make some changes quick in hopes of a playoff run, this very well could be Lovie Smith’s last year as Head Coach of an elite franchise in the Chicago Bears.