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*These are some of my ramblings I thought I'd share with you all. There are possibly wrong assumptions or other flaws in this piece, I’m not an expert by any means.
Just for a second, think back about the end of last season, what the public opinion was about this Bears team.
This season there's been talk about replacing Tice, which leads to talking about who's responsible for this offensive debacle, Lovie Smith. When things don't go as well as thought, people tend to call for change, heads need to roll. I don't think Emery will fire Lovie Smith and I don't think he should.
Sure the goal has to be to win the SB every year, but let’s be real for a minute. The last couple of seasons the results weren't that great at the end of the season. A lot of good games were played, but when it really mattered Chicago didn’t came through. There were things Lovie should be held accountable for and things he couldn't do anything about. I don't see the reason why things should change in Halas Hall, the most important change has already taken place in the admission of Phil Emery.
The Bears still seem to be a team with great cohesion and the Bears are a very respectable franchise with a talented roster, a good locker room and a HC players play hard for. Why would you want to change that? In my opinion continuity is key here.
The question you have to ask is, will the alternative be better? And the answer is, most likely not. There are a lot of teams in this league who are looking for stability for years, going through all sorts of management and coaching changes. And most of them, don't get it right. For all the Lovie doubters I'd say, put your thoughts aside for a minute and realize what a great opportunity we have here. A new GM in Phil Emery, who thus far seems a lot more capable than Angelo, has a chance to mold this team as he sees fit. This man is really running the show, not Lovie Smith.
I remember at the end of last season, the morale here was very low. There was a lot of talk about "bridging the talent gap" with Green Bay and Detroit. Outlook was that the Bears could likely not contend for a playoff spot for a couple of seasons, with the NFC North being so strong. But look where they are now. Sure there have been things this season no one likes to see. The Bears for years in a row, are having a sub par o-line again. Now people should realize changes don’t happen in one season, it takes a little time. Give Emery a couple of season to get this right. We were spoiled early this season by the stellar play of our defense and the occasional flashes of brilliance from our offense, in our minds we were crowned SB champs already. This makes it easy to forget the end of last season. A time people were talking about having 8-8, 7-9 seasons for coming years or even worse. Think about that for a second and then look at what the Bears have done this season. Not too bad, right?
Have patience and just go with it during the season. The Bears aren’t a team that will make a lot of big and crude changes during the season, they like to handle their business during the off season. Change in mid season is only going to get you so far. Look for Phil Emery to change things up after the season, when he has evaluated this years performance.