Biggs: Angelo opens door for Bears' coaching change
Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo didn’t have much positive to say about his coach Lovie Smith on Sunday, and that was prior to watching his team get pummeled 31-7 by the Baltimore Ravens, the eighth loss in the last 10 games for the Bears.
It raises legitimate questions about whether or not Smith will return in 2010 as the Bears (5-9) are out of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Angelo said a full evaluation will be made after the season, something that takes place every year. But he also said that money—Smith is owed $11 million over the next two years—would not play a factor in any decision, opening the door for possible for change for those who are clamoring for it.
The blowout loss to the Ravens was the fourth time in the last nine games the Bears have been defeated by 20 or more points. That’s the most blowouts the team has had since 1997 when Dave Wannstedt went 4-12 as coach, lost five games by 20 or more points and returned to lead the team for one more season.
“I know we’re not in the playoffs, obviously we didn’t meet expectations, but when we sit down and we go through everything that we need to talk about because we did have some problems, and I want to make sure that I focus on the first and foremost to make sure we understand what went wrong, and then what we need to fix it,’’ Angelo said. ``I don’t look at money in those times. It’s not about money, it’s about doing what we feel we need to do to be a better football team.’’
Smith didn’t seem fazed by the news after the game that the general manager had passed when given the opportunity to issue him a vote of confidence.
``What’s a vote of confidence at this time?’’ Smith said. ``I am sure what Jerry said is what I’m saying right now, disappointed in our play and probably let the season play out. That’s the way you do everything. You don’t talk about things like that during the year except what’s going on on the football field. That’s enough to talk about, what’s going on on the football field.
``I haven’t been concerned about my job security every day I have come to work. Come to work same way each day, trying to do the best job I possibly can. If you can do that, you don’t think about job security.’’
The subject hasn’t been lost on the players, either. They know what is going on.
``There is a lot wrong with the whole organization, but it is not Lovie,’’ center Olin Kreutz said. ``You can’t concern yourself with their job, but you can’t help but think about it.
``It has to be fixed from top to bottom,’’ Kreutz continued. ``You can’t just keep changing the same positions and then asking what’s wrong. Hopefully, they figure it out. I’ve got an idea (where it starts), but it’s not my place to say.’’
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