There are times when a coach overstays his welcome with a certain team. That time has come in Chicago with the Chicago Bears and coach Lovie Smith. The Bears are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons, and coaches just don’t get the benefit of the doubt after so long.
The Bears started the 2012 season with a 7-1 record, but have fallen to 8-5 after losing four of the last five games, and now face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. This season is slipping away very quickly from the Bears and away from Smith just like last season did, after Jay Cutler got hurt. Cutler is hurting again this season and while the Bears did get a backup quarterback in Jason Campbell, Campbell hasn’t played up to expectations. There were fans who were screaming at their televisions Sunday when the Bears were down two touchdowns and never went to a no-huddle offense as time continues to tick away against the Minnesota Vikings. That is bad coaching at its best there.
There is no way, if the Bears do finish this collapse and miss the playoffs, that Smith should return next season. There are injuries everywhere that people will cite, but Smith and his staff should have come up with a plan to overcome those. This was a team that had little margin for error to start the season, and now are past that margin as the past five weeks have shown. It will be time for a new coach in the Windy City for 2013.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.