Bears Firing Lovie Smith Isn’t Stupid, but Ditka Is Right to Be Concerned

January 1, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Mike Ditka thinks firing Lovie Smith after a 10-win season is stupid.
I won't go that far, but I do think it's a big risk.
I've been on the fence about the firing of Smith since it happened Monday.
While there were murmurings that it was possible, I really didn't think it likely. While I understand the reasoning behind it—missing the playoffs five out of six seasons and a mediocre-at-best offense for nine years—the more I think about it, the more I think it was a risky move.
And the wrong one.
I totally see how Ditka can feel the way he does, and he's probably right—if the Packers had beaten the Vikings, allowing the Bears to make it into the postseason, I can't imagine Smith would have been fired.
The poor offensive output, losing six out of the last eight games, the offensive line—all would have probably been forgotten. Whether that would have been the right move can be debated but it's the likely outcome.
So firing Smith, wh...

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