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Lovie Smith made the correct choice by deferring to the Green Bay Packers this past week.
Bears head coach Lovie Smith has been catching a lot of flak this week about deferring the coin toss against the Green Bay Packers and allowing them to receive the ball to start the game.
The overwhelming criticism about the decision is the rhetorical question, “Why would you give the best offense in the league the ball first?”
In fact, Pro Football Weekly publisher and editor Hub Arkush said on WSCR 670 The Score this week, “One team you don’t want to defer to is Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. You’re almost certain to be trailing, 7-0.”
My response to Hub, and to all those who wonder why Smith deferred, is simply this: “What makes you think the Bears offense would have marched down the field on the opening drive and put points on the board — on the road, nonetheless — when they hadn’t been able to move the ball effectively in the previous four games?”
If Hub and others were so convin...
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Lovie Smith snapped at a reporter who asked about Mike Martz's future. (Chicago Tribune)
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1. I’ll say it again, in my 33 seasons (God, I’m not that old, am I?) of watching the Bears, never have I witnessed one like this. Yes, in 1995 the Bears had their best offense since the 1940′s, started 6-2 and finished 3-5. But never...