You Decide: Best Head Coach / Manager in Chicago

BOURBONNAIS IL - JULY 30: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears watches as his team stretches prior to a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30 2010 in Bourbonnais Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A couple days ago the Chicago Sun Times scored the five Head Coaches and Managers in the city of Chicago in ten different categories.  The scores ranged from 5 (the best) to 1 (the worst).  In two categories, championships won and playoffs appearances they gave either a 5 or a 0, with no gray area.  Using their criteria they had Lovie Smith 4th with Blackhawks head honcho Joel Quenneville at #1.

Dead last, and no surprise, was Cubs skipper Mike Quade.  White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was #2, and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was #3.

Lovie Smith had good scores in playoff appearances (5), player-relationship presence (5), leadership skills (4), trustworthy (4), and plays nicely with bosses (4).  Here's what Sean Jensen had to say about Coach Smith;

‘‘Lovie Smith is among the NFL’s most-tenured coaches because of his knack for earning the trust of his players. Because he treats them like adults, his players, by and large, aim to please him. In contrast, though, Smith has rotated through assistant coaches, struggling to find the right mix, and the Bears have failed to win big games, most notably Super Bowl XLI and the NFC title game at Soldier Field in January.’’

 

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