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Lovie’s Ego Remains Unchecked at Angelo’s Peril

By Drew Hays

Lovie Smith’s unwarranted arrogance is now to the point that his nickname should be “The Situation”. GM Jerry Angelo has clearly failed to put Smith’s ego in check. Unfortunately for Bears fans, the decision to “promote” assistant head coach Rod Marinelli to Defensive Coordinator shows Lovie not only unable to admit that his defense is bad, but that he feels there is no need nor possibility to improve or question his football genius.

That’s bad news for Jerry Angelo as well, because if this team continues on its current trajectory, he will most likely follow Lovie out of Halas Hall for good.

Remember that awkward post season press conference? You know, the one where everyone admitted massive changes needed to be made, but left all principle parties responsible for three playoff-free years in place.

But it was also the one where team president Ted Phillips went out of his way to tie – possibly to an anchor – Lovie and Jerry together. Phillips went out of his way to note how well Angelo and Smith worked together. And that together, they would right the right the ship back to the postseason.

Angelo has clearly forced his will in the past, but only in player personnel. As Smith’s supervisor, it is within his responsibilities to put quality coaching personnel in place as well. The circus that became the Martz hiring was designed to fool everyone into thinking that Angelo had Smith examining all options. In the end, Smith got the coordinator he wanted to begin with, and the (dis)organization became the league laughingstock.

At least this time, they did not try to insult everyone’s intelligence. But they are testing fan and -- if you take the nebulous leadership at their word – ownership patience. If Smith does not get the job done (again), Angelo has no one to blame but himself.


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