Found January 01, 2013 on 60 Max Power O:
PLAYERS: Mike Ditka
TEAMS: Chicago Bears
The title is all you need to read to see how former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka felt when he heard the news of the team firing longtime head coach Lovie Smith. "I think Lovie is a very good coach," Ditka said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Everybody is a little bit different in their manner. I think that's a 10-win season. They started 7-1. This team, there's a reason they lost some games in between. A lot of the wins they got in the 7-1 run were because of turnovers by the defense were turned into points. The offense didn't score enough points in those other games. That's the bottom line." "If Minnesota would have lost last night and the Bears were in the playoffs this wouldn't have happened. That's a fact. So how stupid is it then? It really is stupid. If they would have made the playoffs this would not have happened. They did what they did. They took care of their business and Minnesota played a ...
4 Comments:
  • Sorry Ditka, You were a good coach and that's why Lovie needed to go. We don't need a SOFT coach. We need someone who can put the fire in and under the players. He didn't make the players work hard enough. That's why they all wanted him to stay. Now lets get down to some real nitty gritty football.
  • It was time to get rid of Lovie.He wouldn't get another quarterbacck to either replace cutler or a good one for back-up.After last year that was quite evident.His offense really lacked any leadership.The defense needed a whole bunch of help in both safety positions
  • I believe that Bears management were stupid to fire Lovie. Remember one thing. Lovie is the coach not the player. The players knew what they had to do on the field. Why didn't they just do it. Coaches should never take the blame for what the player decides to do what he wants to do. And some players just do that. Mike Ditka is right. Didn't Green Bay make a final mistake causing the Vikings to win? And you can't blame the coach for that. Coaches cannot read players mind as to what move they are going to make and shouldn't make. Get a grip.
  • I believe it was time for a change, there was poor decisions made on the choice of offensive coach and it was obvious he should have taken more control or fired him early in the season. To average around 24th or so in the league on offense over the last 9 years is not acceptable. I think he is a very good coach but lacks the confidence to pull the trigger when it is needed to make positive changes. Coachs observe the talent and when there are players lacking motivation, yes that is on the player, drops the ball, that is on the player, but the coach doesn't have to put up with that. It is his job to motivate their employees to excel or get left behind, Bench them or trade them. Look at 49's with their kicker- LOVE IT! There is someting positive to work with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, but they need serious help, if they see the strong leadership they will be more motivated. No excuses with the defense there was no reason the Bears should not have made a serious run for the superbowl.
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