Why did Phil Emery fire Lovie Smith?

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery recently did a Q&A with Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback, and he explained exactly why he relieved Lovie Smith of his head coaching position.

On MMQB, the new Sports Illustrated website dedicated to all things NFL, they asked Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery some straight to the point questions about his former coach, his current coach, and his roster building philosophy. Here are some highlights from the Q&A.

Emery on the thought process of moving on from Lovie Smith.

We were in a position where if he stayed, he would be picking his fifth offensive coordinator. Part of it was because I really believe looking at a team that if you're going to have success, the most important relationship is between the head coach and the quarterback.

If you're scoring at home those coordinators were, Terry Shea, Ron Turner, Mike Martz, and Mike Tice. Neither Shea nor Turner has run an NFL offense since their departures, and I would be surprised to see Martz or Tice put the O.C. headset on again either.

Back on New Years Eve I shared my thoughts on Lovie's exit in this article, Lovie Smith's inability to find an offensive coordinator was his downfall.

Here are some of Emery's ideas on building a team.

...in the end whatever it takes to assemble that talent for that year, that's what we're going to do. We're going to plan ahead, obviously, but what's important is right now. The goal is to win championships. Anything else would be unfair to the fans, and it would be unfair to the players.

In today's NFL, it is possible to remain relevant year in and year out. It's a matter of identifying the core group of guys, and building around them. It's good to see Phil Emery emphasize wanting to win every year.

Be sure to check out the full Q&A, because he has some great stuff about Marc Trestman too. Then come back here to let us know what you think about everything.

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