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The Positional Quick 3: Offensive Coaches

| June 14th, 2018

I’m traveling in Dingle, Ireland years ago and I’m exhausted. This was my first day ever in Europe and I couldn’t keep my eyes open at 4:30 in the afternoon. My uncle turns to me and says, “Have a quick three. You’ll be fine.” I drank three Guinness in the span of a half hour. Seven hours later I’m dancing to a shitty Irish house DJ with Jenny Pye, a local lass who dreamed of being an EMT in New York City.

I’m very tired of this 2018 off-season. And incredibly eager for the season to begin. So I’m taking the quick three approach to each position group as we head into the summer. Not grading the groups or anything. Just making some points.


Offensive Coaches

  • The Bears have an offensive coordinator in Mark Helfrich who has been working the sideline for 21 years but none of those have been in the NFL. While Matt Nagy will be calling the plays, Helfrich will have tremendous influence on the offensive philosophy and the development of the club’s most important asset: Mitch Trubisky. It’s okay to be skeptical about Helfrich’s concepts and whether they’ll be successful in the league where they play…for pay.
  • Mike Furrey might have one of the trickiest gigs on the staff. The Bears’ receiving room is going to be six guys who – with the exception of White and possibly Bellamy – haven’t played together. Molding them into a cohesive unit will not be an easy task.
  • It’s impossible not to be excited with the way Matt Nagy has handled, well, absolutely everything. The Bears haven’t had a young, exciting head coach in their entire history. Ditka, Wanny and Fox were football lifers – necessary but uninspiring hires. Jauron and Lovie were bores. Trestman was weird. Nagy’s hiring brings to Chicago the optimism of youth. It’s infectious. But now it has to translate to wins or nobody will remember these first few promising months of his tenure.

Next Week: The Other Side of the Ball

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  • Big Mike

    Lovie Smith was an exceptional Head Coach.

    • The No Guy

      No.
      NO.
      NO!!!

      He was unexceptional as a Head Coach. His time in Tampa and UIUC is testament to that.

      He was a good coach in his system, with the right players. That system is obsolete, and without the right players, the system failed. He was too much in his players’ corners, not willing to make hard choices. Sure, the players were loyal to him, but he was too loyal to his players when it was time to move on, make changes, or shake up staff–because those things might break the cosy relationship he had with his players.

      He hamstrung his offense as a result. He pushed good coaches out the door as a result. He was mired in mediocrity.

      So I hope you’re being sarcastic. Lovie was NOT exceptional.

      • Big Mike

        Your foolish. Look at his record. Look at how players developed. Were you ever embarrassed by the Bears when he was coach? Bears’s fans love to hate Lovie, but it is mis placed. Did the game pass him by at the end of his NFL career, probably. It happens. But he was a leader, motivator and was the best in the business on defense.

        • ButtonShoes

          I remember being embarassed by him. Every time he misused his time outs. Every time he got pantsed by A-a-ron. Every time there was a game he had to win and instead lost it. Yup, plenty of embarassing times with Lovie.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Lovie was…he was who we thought he was. Bad at in-game adjustments; decisions might have cost the Super Bowl…but that was a team that almost had no business being there in the first place. He did get us there, though.

            Not a Hall-of-Fame coach, but a good one. Got long in the tooth by the end.

          • BenderMcLugh

            “no business being there”……good lord man, seriously??

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            okay, an overstatement. Fantastic defense, mediocre or worse offense with the D and Hester runs bailing the team out. A lot of games won just barely.

            Could have beaten overrated Indi though.

            Christ, game manager Orton might have had a decent chance to win if he had started.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            (looking back at the box score of the game I almost entirely wiped from memory)

            The only second half scores by Indi were 56 and 62 yard field goals from Vinatieri, and the ominous 56-yard Grossman pick-6 early in the fourth quarter.

            Shit.

            Fuck.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Damn…Chicago had only 11 first downs the entire game with Grossman.

            (Indi had 24.)

          • Johnnywad

            The Grossman pick is squarely on Lovie.

          • Johnnywad

            You’re easily embarrassed. And Rodgers pantsed everybody.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Embarrassments:
          1. Any and All Challenges.
          2. Use of Time Outs.
          3. His uncanny ability to stare off at a cloud or something in the sky.
          4. His choices for OC.
          5. Firing the DC after a SB run.
          6. Hester as a receiver.
          7. We get off the bus running.
          8. Rex is our QB.

          I could probably go on but I think I made my point.

          • Big Mike

            I would argue that these are more myth than reality. What do you expect a coach to say about his starting QB? Hester as a receiver has as much validity as Cohen as a receiver. The bears were a run first team and so on.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            So you pick probably my 3 weakest points to contradict. Explain the rest. I dare you.

          • CanadaBear

            Rivera wasn’t fired. He got a couple challenges correct. Is #3 really a thing?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            My bad Rivera’s contract was not renewed. Why? because he pissed off Lovie.
            And yes 3 is a thing, that was one thing several of my friends (not Bears fans) would make fun of. They expected me to have an answer, the fuck if I knew what he was looking at.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m guessing if he won that SB, looking off in space wouldn’t be a big deal. Hell it’s not a big deal now. So what if he looks off in space. It really means nothing.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I understand that, but Big Mike asked “Were you ever embarrassed by the Bears when he was coach?” It was a source of embarrassment, thats why I included it in my list.

          • willbest

            Unless you are arguing the Bears never tried to use Hester the way they used Cohen, I don’t even understand this point. They tried to run Hester as a #1 or 2. Nobody has ever suggested that is what Cohen be.

          • John F

            Anyone who plays Rex Grossman in a Superbowl is, by definition, an embarrassment.

            Play Griese (or even Orton) and the Bears win that game ……….

          • Sactowns#1

            Orton would have been nice. The guy, while not particularly exciting, was solid.

          • Neckbeard!

          • Johnnywad

            Orton sucked.

          • 9. The “lovie prevent”
            10. Making Angelo draft CedDrunk then insisting on running him in the SB
            11. All the former Bucs and Rams (Lynch)
            12. “Shea played DE 50% of the time, so no he’s not moving to LB”

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Benson only had two carries in the Super Bowl. For -1 yards total.

            http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/history/boxscore/sbxli

          • Yeah, but he fumbled in one of those two carries and totally changed the momentum

            Unless my brain is misremembering that game after the 5th of jack i downed post SB….

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            No, your right. Looking it up, he lost a fumble in the 1st quarter on the Bears 43-yard line.

            Your brain on Jack remembers way way more about that game than me and I watched it sober.

            I look back at that game like I blacked out or was abducted by aliens and have to ask people what actually happened during that time.

            …but even after blacking out after alien abductions, a decade later I do now do recall how badly Cedric Benson sucked in the Super Bowl.

          • Johnnywad

            Lovie lost that game because he abandoned the run in the second half. Thomas Jones was fuckin grinding out a win. And Lovie decided to throw the ball in the rain. I’ll never forgive him.

            They were in that game. It was there to be won with Tommie Harris and Mike Brown on the sideline.

            I’m still pissed.

            PS. Tommie Harris was very special until he started tearing muscles away from his legs. He once took the ball from Phillip Rivers on a center/QB exchange with his heels on the 1 yard line. Bears ball instead of a touchdown. It remains one of my favorite Bears defensive plays of all time. His burst was amongst the best to ever play before he got hurt.

          • Tommie Harris’ burst was phenomenol. His 10 yd split was as fast as some secondary guys in the combine.

            That’s why I always use that as the gold bar for DT explosion.
            The only other DT who came close to it was Aaron Donald, which is why I was screaming at the TV to trade up a couple spots….ughhh

            (I think McCoy had a good 10 yd split too, though I would have to confirm)

          • Also, man , Bears used to have ballers…Harris doing that shit, Pepp INTs balls while being triple teamed, MB winning back to back games in OT INTs for TDs, Lach becoming Neo and being omnipresent, Hester running back missed FGs ….fuck…when was the last timme a Bear took over a game?

            (Sad indian tear…)

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        was this the subject that pushed the YES Guy over the edge?

      • Bwhaha MB, is that you mofo?

        Let’s test it

        Fox was underrated
        Hardin is a better S than Mike Brown
        Fake tits suck…

    • ButtonShoes

      Nope. He’s OK. A good defensive coordinator. But he knew nothing about offense and didn’t care to know. He’s definitely not exceptional.

      • The thing is, did Lovie’s D really do well vs playoff caliber teams? I seem to remember the Pats putting up like 50 on them or something.

        Lovie’s downfall was his pride. Like Martz he thought his system could overcome everything else. He was too dogmatic about. It worked when he had a stud pass rusher like Tommie or Pep, and Lach, but once those were gone, he didnt want to adapt.

        That’s why Chico is the better coach. He basically runs the same system but he was more flexible anc aggressive. You dont see the Lovie prevent much in carolina

    • CanadaBear

      Lovie was a good coach but that’s all. He chased off Rivera for Babich and couldn’t find an OC to save his life. He really connected with the players and that helped him as much as #54. He’s been the best Bears coach in the last 20 years. Hopefully Nagy will end that streak. Nothing against Lovie. I always had a lot of respect for him. Unlike the last two HC’s.

      • AlbertInTucson

        After Trestman and Fox, he SEEMS “exceptional”.

        • willbest

          Can I wait until game 1 before I commit to one extreme or the other?

          • AlbertInTucson

            I was referring to Lovie.

            I, too, will reserve judgement on Nagy.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Nagy needs to be that third Goldilocks option….from Trestman, to Fox, to “…just right.”

      • Johnnywad

        Lovie is a really good person. And getting to the Super Bowl is no small thing. But “exceptional” is a stretch.

        The Super Bowl was winnable. And while getting there is a hell of an accomplishment; he lost the Super Bowl despite being spotted a touchdown.

        • CanadaBear

          No argument from me.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I think someone needs to be drug tested, and depending on results be suspended from the blog for a couple weeks.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        …is it Jeff???

        his twitter: “It’s the United States motherfucking Open!”

      • CanadaBear

        For god’s sake don’t test me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • BenderMcLugh

          btw….got my legal card! we made cana butter….egggssellent

          • CanadaBear

            Do you have a magic butter machine?

          • BenderMcLugh

            yeah, it’s got all these flashing lights on it too so you can trip out while making it lol

          • CanadaBear

            Awesome sauce! Edibles are a good thing!

          • BenderMcLugh

            as you’ve said many times, the preferred ingestion method. I really like the tinctures too, the “Feel” collection is excellent.

          • CanadaBear

            Up here the dispensary I go to has a dab bar, restaurant and live music. No alcohol. Right now pot isn’t legal but the RCMP’s have given up so it’s like the wild west. The only reason the owner doesn’t mess with alcohol is due to the other bar owners. He knows they would go insane (rightfully so). Nothing like having a dab or two and listening to a rocking band!

          • Irish Sweetness

            I do. Works every time.

    • AlbertInTucson

      …in the pantheon of Bear coaches.

      • Big Mike

        There you go.

  • AlbertInTucson

    June 14, 2018. Flag Day. Just put mine up.

    • Irish Sweetness

      “Hey buddy, my daddy died for that flag.”
      “Really? Cause… I bought mine. Yeah, they sell them at K Mart.”
      “He died in the Korean War.”
      “Wow, what a coincidence, mine was made in Korea.”
      No one and I repeat no one, has ever died for a flag. They may have died for freedom, but that is also the right to burn flags if you want to.”
      – Bill Hicks.

  • AlbertInTucson

    @dabearsblog
    “It’s the United States motherfucking Open!”

    That’s what Phil, Rory and Speith are saying as they shake their heads.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Come on it is just the US Open, it’s not like it’s the Catalina Fucking Wine Mixer.

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