It's Lovie's Turn To Step It Up
This happens every year. Looks like they are going to be fielding a good team, a competitive team. A team that should make some noise during the season. But I hold back my hope and excitement because I have been a Bears fan too long. I still remember ALL the words to the Superbowl Shuffle. I, like many others, still live back in 1986 and the glory days of the Bears, with Walter, the Fridge, and Jim McMahon. And while the Bears have shown glimpses of success for the past almost thirty years, their Superbowl appearance a few years back was painful.
But with a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback, a solid defense, a good corps of running backs, a spectacular wide receiver, it is time. It is time for Lovie Smith to show that he has what it takes to get the Bears over the edge of mediocrity. It is time for the Bears to be great. To blow out the teams that stink, win the close games, be strategic but not stupid.
Now, Lovie may be a good coach. I am not a believer. Word is Smith is a "player's coach". Thats all well and good if it ends in success. And from what I have seen, Smith is quick with excuses. Injuries, broken plays, communication breakdowns. Always seems to be something. I have never seen the attraction to him as a coach.
I guess when I still look at Ditka as my football coach of choice, I'm not sure who could stand strongly next to him. But I do know that this year, all the pieces look to be in place. The offensive line is the one area that remains a bit tenuous but I have confidence that Mike Tice will figure out a way to give Cutler time to do what he does best-pass the ball, hopefully to Brandon Marshall.
But, does Lovie Smith have what it takes to really coach a good team? I have my doubts. But I will be watching. Not hopeful or committed but watching. I hope he doesn't take us for a ride-I want to believe. I do. But Smith just hasn't shown me that he has what it takes to take the Bears all the way. I'm rooting for them, hoping I'm proven wrong. But I have my doubts.