9:40 AM CST, December 31, 2012
It’s not that difficult: Identify what’s wrong with the Bears and find a coach who can fix it.
The offense is what’s wrong with the Bears.
Jon Gruden can fix it.
Lovie Smith never fixed it. That’s one of the reasons he was fired. Smith continually fired offensive coordinators for failing to fix it and continually hired offensive coordinators who also failed to fix it.
Today’s NFL demands that offenses score points. Smith’s offenses couldn’t. That resulted in collapses the last two seasons. Smith also failed to make the playoffs five of the last six seasons and never won a Super Bowl in nine years. That’s the object of the exercise. Smith failed. His offense failed. His choices failed.
That’s why the Bears need to replace Smith with a Super Bowl-winning coach who knows offense.
Don’t bring me another hot defensive coordinator. We’ve seen that with Smith, Dick Jauron and Dave Wannstedt. How’d that work out for everybody?
The NFL has rigged the game. The offenses get every break, every new rule, every questionable call.
And despite that, the Bears offense remains awful. Connect the dots, people.
Connect the dots, Phil Emery.
The Bears have gone defense in their head-coaching hires. The Bears have gone with promoting assistants. The Bears have gone without a Super Bowl since Mike Ditka.
If you’re going to make a change, then make it a big one: An accomplished offensive head coach.
The NFL rewards offensive creativity, and believe me, Gruden knows offense.
After his first year in Oakland, his offenses ranked eighth, third and fourth in scoring. His quarterback was Rich Gannon. Do you think Jay Cutler has more physical talent that Gannon?
Yeah, me, too.
His offenses in Tampa Bay, frankly, ranked in Bears territory. Those numbers might be the biggest argument against hiring Gruden.
But he won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, beating the Raiders team he put together. In Tampa, Gruden inherited a great defense that allowed him to develop an efficient offense run by Brad Johnson.
Do you think Cutler has more physical talent than Jonson?
Yeah, me, too.
The bigger question might be this: Is it believed around the league that Cutler is uncoachable and ultimately a coach-killer to the point that smart offensive minds are too smart to take the job as his boss?
I don’t know if Gruden can solve Cutler or even wants to. I don’t know if Gruden could be lured out of the “Monday Night Football’’ booth for the Bears job. I don’t know if the Bears have the appetite to pay the kind of bidding-war money it probably would require. I don’t know if the Bears believe it’s important to bring in a coach who has won what the Bears haven’t since 1985.
But I know that the way the Bears have gone about it since 1985 hasn’t worked.
I think it was George Santayana who said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to losing to Green Bay. Something like that.