Did Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith Really Do a Better Job in 2010?

January 6, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Last year at this time, Lovie Smith, GM Jerry Angelo and team president Ted Phillips were at the podium, explaining that they were very disappointed that the team hadn't made the playoffs for the past three seasons and that heads would roll, just none of theirs.
Heads did roll, including offensive coordinator Ron Turner and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.
Fast forward to Jan. 6, 2011 with the Chicago Bears in the playoffs and sitting home this weekend with a bye.
Were the powers to be right? Did the Bears just need to tweak a few things and Super Bowl here we come?
The big free-agent pickup was defensive lineman Julius Peppers, a contender for Defensive Player of the Year honors. Though his stats aren't mind-blowing, the impact he has had on the Bears defense has been monumental.
With Peppers playing in front of him, Brian Urlacher looks like he's 22 years old instead of 32. It's his best performance since 2006, and Peppers is unquestionably the main reaso...

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