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(ESPN)   Lovie fired by Illinois. Thurston Howell III distraught   (espn.com) divider line
    More: Sad, National Football League, Lovie Smith, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Illinois' head football coach, Chicago Bears, American football, Big Ten Conference  
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2020-12-13 8:53:59 PM  
The Detroit Lions are about due for a new coach...it's been a couple weeks.
 
2020-12-13 9:12:12 PM  
Is the next drop all the way to a Springfield high school, or just some random Division III team near Chicago?
 
2020-12-14 12:26:17 AM  
Getting fired during covid seems harsh
 
2020-12-14 12:31:29 AM  
Not to say the record wasn't abysmal, but damn...Lovie has had some shiatty firings.
 
2020-12-14 1:05:11 AM  

italie: Not to say the record wasn't abysmal, but damn...Lovie has had some shiatty firings.


The bears have gotten what they deserved since that firing.
 
2020-12-14 1:44:41 AM  
THIS will be the moment the football program at Illinois will turn around.

/not really...they're destined to perpetually suck
 
2020-12-14 2:55:49 AM  
Great headline
 
2020-12-14 5:39:16 AM  

JolobinSmokin: italie: Not to say the record wasn't abysmal, but damn...Lovie has had some shiatty firings.

The bears have gotten what they deserved since that firing.


Oh bullshiat, he had time and he consistently proved he couldn't take us to the promise land.

Just season after season of unhelpful mediocrity
 
2020-12-14 7:14:11 AM  
Wish it worked out differently, really nice guy from the handful of times I met him around campus. Always liked him, didn't like the Bears firing him after a 10-6 season only to bring in 3 total losers and keep Cutler and expect improvement.

Illinois at least avoided embarrassment off the field in his tenure unlike the last one who was abusing players. I trusted his principles and he stuck by them for benching misconduct etc. Now bring in the next dumpster fire to distract ppl when the basketball program crashes out again.

/Used to hope they might win a bball championship in my lifetime, now I know better
 
2020-12-14 7:55:31 AM  

Axeofjudgement: JolobinSmokin: italie: Not to say the record wasn't abysmal, but damn...Lovie has had some shiatty firings.

The bears have gotten what they deserved since that firing.

Oh bullshiat, he had time and he consistently proved he couldn't take us to the promise land.

Just season after season of unhelpful mediocrity


Marc Trestman, John Fox, and Matt Nagy were able to come in and flip the switch, obviously.
 
2020-12-14 8:04:14 AM  
Since when are there "expectations" at Illinois?
 
2020-12-14 8:20:04 AM  
The hell?  They really didn't I've him a chance.
 
2020-12-14 8:31:13 AM  

Gonz: Axeofjudgement: JolobinSmokin: italie: Not to say the record wasn't abysmal, but damn...Lovie has had some shiatty firings.

The bears have gotten what they deserved since that firing.

Oh bullshiat, he had time and he consistently proved he couldn't take us to the promise land.

Just season after season of unhelpful mediocrity

Marc Trestman, John Fox, and Matt Nagy were able to come in and flip the switch, obviously.


I didn't say we weren't gonna just land in other shiat shows.

Take that up with the front office.
 
2020-12-14 8:52:04 AM  
Naido:

Worse, the lions, and not the BC lions
 
2020-12-14 9:41:30 AM  
Does anyone care?  Illinois was only OK when they had Simeon Rice and that was over 20 years ago.  If they stopped playing, would anyone notice?
 
2020-12-14 9:47:08 AM  
Whenever I see a B1G decision that is completyely unfair and makes no sense... anymore ,my first question is "How did this help Ohio State football?" and usually it becomes more clear.after a little while. Is Ohio State in the market for a DC? Will Lovie be the next head coach at TOSU's tomato can, Michigan? We will see soon enough.
 
2020-12-14 9:53:10 AM  

Axeofjudgement: JolobinSmokin: italie: Not to say the record wasn't abysmal, but damn...Lovie has had some shiatty firings.
The bears have gotten what they deserved since that firing.

Oh bullshiat, he had time and he consistently proved he couldn't take us to the promise land.
Just season after season of unhelpful mediocrity


9 seasons -- 3 titles and a SB appearance.  Not exactly "mediocrity."  The problem was the GM decided to sell everything for Cutler (because he was going to be amazing you'll see someday) and the offense, destroying the defense that made them great in the first place.  Multiple offensive coordinators, wide receivers and head coaches later and it turns out maybe Cutler wasn't that great.

/Good thing they traded up to get Trubisky, that one season he played in college was pretty good so everything about this pick was intelligent and good
 
2020-12-14 10:11:04 AM  

lennavan: GM decided to sell everything for Cutler


He was still the best QB since probably Luckman and definitely McMahon.  That doesn't mean that I like Cutler.  Nobody likes Cutler.  It's just a sad fact.

The day after the Trubisky pick, I was wearing my Bears hat in Publix, and some guy stopped me to tell me that he felt sorry for me.
 
2020-12-14 1:15:07 PM  

Rapmaster2000: lennavan: GM decided to sell everything for Cutler

He was still the best QB since probably Luckman and definitely McMahon.  That doesn't mean that I like Cutler.  Nobody likes Cutler.  It's just a sad fact.

The day after the Trubisky pick, I was wearing my Bears hat in Publix, and some guy stopped me to tell me that he felt sorry for me.


Cutler was a tease. He had all the physical skills but never could put it all together.
The main constant for the Bears- even going back further than my lifetime-is that they're crappy on offense. Even their 1963 championship team was fairly one sided. Sid Luckman was a HOF QB, one of the first all time greats. Is it telling that he's still the best QB they've had? Absolutely, but it's not a black Mark on him. Luckman would probably be the best QB in several other teams' histories, not just Chicago.
But the Bears overall consistent crappulance on offense as a whole was also the main offense against Smith. He had a very successful run as head coach, but it could have been better if they'd manage to sort out the offense. They ran out a bunch of coordinators,  were inconsistent at QB. We laugh at Cutler and the Rex Dragon, but when you're working with Mike Tice and his pencil behind the ear, what do you expect? They had Mike Martz, the architect of The Greatest Show on Turf, and he sucked. If the team management and Smith had managed to get the offense going at all, he'd have lasted longer.
 
2020-12-14 1:48:35 PM  
And then there is Gus.  There is a real headscratcher.   The guy only beat Saban when hardly anyone else could.

Kevin is an easy explanation.  Lovie, eh...maybe yes, maybe no.

Why Harbaugh still has a job?  No freaking idea.

ADs and Alumni/Boosters can be some real idiots sometimes.
 
2020-12-14 2:52:10 PM  

Your_Huckleberry: Rapmaster2000: lennavan: GM decided to sell everything for Cutler

He was still the best QB since probably Luckman and definitely McMahon.  That doesn't mean that I like Cutler.  Nobody likes Cutler.  It's just a sad fact.

The day after the Trubisky pick, I was wearing my Bears hat in Publix, and some guy stopped me to tell me that he felt sorry for me.

Cutler was a tease. He had all the physical skills but never could put it all together.
The main constant for the Bears- even going back further than my lifetime-is that they're crappy on offense. Even their 1963 championship team was fairly one sided. Sid Luckman was a HOF QB, one of the first all time greats. Is it telling that he's still the best QB they've had? Absolutely, but it's not a black Mark on him. Luckman would probably be the best QB in several other teams' histories, not just Chicago.
But the Bears overall consistent crappulance on offense as a whole was also the main offense against Smith. He had a very successful run as head coach, but it could have been better if they'd manage to sort out the offense. They ran out a bunch of coordinators,  were inconsistent at QB. We laugh at Cutler and the Rex Dragon, but when you're working with Mike Tice and his pencil behind the ear, what do you expect? They had Mike Martz, the architect of The Greatest Show on Turf, and he sucked. If the team management and Smith had managed to get the offense going at all, he'd have lasted longer.


If he could have gotten a decent offense going then he probably would have won a SB. But that's part of his problem as HC, he doesn't understand what it takes to make a competent offense. Shuffling OCs out every year did nothing for Cutler(though I don't think anything would have), nor the rest of the offense.
 
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