Turner takes the fall for Bears
So long, Ron Turner.
We knew someone was going to take the fall in Chicago for the 7-9 season and, more importantly, for the 26 interceptions Jay Cutler threw this season. The fan fare in Chicago after the mega deal pulled off by GM Jerry Angelo to bring Cutler over from the Broncos had Bears supporters thinking playoffs — at worst — and Super Bowl at best.
However, this season was a disaster in Chicago, and only a late season win on Monday night over the NFC North champion Vikings and Brett Favre brought any sense of hope to the shores of Lake Michigan.
Turner wasn’t the guy for Cutler, because like most big-arm quarterbacks, Jay wanted to throw the ball outside of the numbers and down the field. That isn’t Turner’s scheme, and unfortunately, the former offensive coordinator never adapted to having a big-arm QB. Instead, we saw the same offense that former Bears QB Kyle Orton ran — off-tackle running plays with limited success and long third- down situations.
But, that is in the past, and now this organization can move on, as can head coach Lovie Smith, who stays on for another season with Turner taking all of the blame.
Talking to people in the league, there is speculation everywhere you turn as to what direction the Bears are going to go when it comes to finding a new man to call offensive plays. But one name that keeps coming to the front of the discussion is Charlie Weis, the former Notre Dame head coach and New England offensive coordinator who is looking for work. There is some talk that Weis has already been contacted by the Bears to gage his interest in the OC job, and we know that GM Jerry Angelo is high on the play caller who would bring Super Bowl rings with him. However, don't count out Jeremy Bates of USC.
But, like any of this talk, it is just speculation until the Bears pull the trigger. However, one thing we do know is that former Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, who served as the Bears defensive line coach this season, will take over as the defensive coordinator in Chicago.
What does all of this mean?
It is pretty simple: Lovie Smith was on the hot seat in Chicago, and to keep his job, the Bears are putting the blame on Turner for the offensive struggles and putting the defensive struggles on its own head coach. Yes, Lovie will keep his job and the Bears will go into the offseason with an unloaded gun for the draft thanks to the Cutler deal and try to move on.
But, then again, that is what happens when you bring in a new franchise QB — and play in a defensive football town — and finished the season with a losing record.
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