Originally Posted by zcoop
I agree with most of what you typed playa. But I must insert that Andy Reid, John Fox and a few others were no more successful than Lovie, yet they were given other HC opportunities after being fired. Whisenhunt has never been a good HC, so I can see why he was demoted to OC. Lovie did well with bums at QB in ChiTown.
The team had a right to fire him for performance. I'll give you that, BTW he had three playoff appearances.
Lovie had 3 playoff appearances in 9 years and only 1 in the last 6. The problem with the Bears is on the offensive side of the ball- they have been going through coordinators left and right to get the offense working and at some point the responsibility has to fall on the head coach. They brought in Trestman as head coach who is supposed to be a QB guru specifically to help the 28th ranked offense.
Andy Reid has gone to the playoffs 9 times in his 14 seasons with Philly. Reid is a good offensive coach which is what teams look for. His offenses have consistently been in the top 10 in the league.
John Fox is one of the most underrated coaches in the league and his success is very similar to Smith. He made it to the playoffs 3 times in his 9 seasons the same as Lovie, and to the superbowl once. His quarterbacks were Rodney Peete, Jake Del Homme, Vinny Testaverde, and Jimmy Clausen (who finally got him fired haha) in Carolina. In Denver he went 8-8 with Tebow last year and got a playoff win. John Fox did not get hired or fired this year.
Timing is everything and the job market is different for these two men.
Does anyone think Lovie Smith will not at some point be an NFL head coach again? There is an outcry because it didn't happen his first week after being fired? Sorry it does not work like that. Most of the fired NFL coaches are now coordinators or unemployed in the NFL. Andy Reid is the only exception and if Smith had made the conference championship 5 years in a row he would have a job as a head coach right now.