Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/24/13
As the Marc Trestman era dawns with the opening of Chicago Bears training camp tomorrow, there is one more chance to vent about the scandal that never was regarding his languid predecessor, Lovie Smith. Yes, Smith’s regular season record as Bears head coach was a successful 81-63.  Yes, he led the Bears to three playoff appearances in his nine-year tenure, including a berth in the 2006 Super Bowl and an appearance in the 2009 NFC Championship game. Nevertheless, given how Lovie Smith appallingly quit on his team in a crucial regular game in 2007, something I have never witnessed by a football coach at any level, let alone the most competitive in the world, all of his accomplishments pale in comparison. In fact, on his Bears’ coaching tombstone, only the word, “Quitter” deserves to appear.  And almost as appalling is the fact that the Chicago media barely covered what should have been the biggest Chicago sports scandal since the 1919 Black Sox (perhaps only slightly hyperbolic). On ...
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