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GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears watches warm-ups before a game against the Green Bay Packers on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears started 7-1, but since then they are 1-4. At one point in the season it was a sensible to think the Bears had the NFC Central wrapped up early. However, a late surge by the Green Bay Packers helped pass the Bears for the top spot in the division and the Minnesota Viking are only one game behind. Jay Cutler is banged up again late in the season and Lovie Smith once again is sitting on the hot seat. However, this season may be different as the fans are fed up with late season injuries and swoons that take high expectations and throw them in the trash. Tom Cruze of the Chicago Sun-Times writes: A statue could literally do what Lovie does. And post game and pregame? Couldn’t Smith one time say, ‘‘X better get his butt in gear or he’ll be raking leaves Monday,’’ or ‘‘we stunk like old socks in the fourth quarter!’’ The point of that opening coach-to-sportswriter-to-coach story is that there isn’t time to be empathetic or overly thoughtful in the harsh world of the NFL. Entertain us properly or get somebody who will. Lose and the anthem becomes, Fire the coach! It’s not a thoughtful chant, but it’s real. Ouch..He continues: Smith loves to break games and seasons down into quarters. Thus, the Bears have entered the fourth quarter of the 2012 season. In Lovie’s nine years as coach, the Bears have gone a mere 15-18 in the final quarter of all seasons. That’s not good. That’s troubling. That doesn’t bode well for the playoffs or anything else. That’s why people are wondering if it’s time to do that old thing: Fire the coach. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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