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Old 12-30-2003, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default Who will take over as head coach in the Windy City?

Who will take over as head coach in the Windy City?

It was only a matter of time before Dick Jauron's fate was sealed. Just two years after coaching the Chicago Bears to a 13-3 season and their first division title in 11 years, Dick Jauron has been fired.

The decision was hardly a surprise, given that Chicago had combined only 11 wins in the past two seasons, and never matched the competitive level of Jauron's 2001 team. While the Bears did play hard down the stretch, winning four of their final six games to flirt with the .500 mark, most figured it would not be enough to guarantee Jauron's job. In his five seasons as head coach, Jauron, 53, compiled a 35-46 record, including 0-1 in the Postseason.

"Speculation about Jauron losing his job has been rampant since his Bears' team went from 13-3 in 2001, to 4-12 last season," said BetCBS Senior Odds-Maker, Dan "The Man" Johnson. "His team played hard for him, but in the end that was not enough to save him in today's win now or get packing environment. The Bears have a very young and talented team, so this will be a very coveted job, with many high-profile coaches in the mix."

BetCBS has released odds as to who will take over as head coach of the Chicago Bears:

Dave McGinnis (Former Coach Arizona Cardinals) +200
Jim Fassel (Former Coach New York Giants) +400
Nick Saban (Current Head Coach LSU Tigers) +400
Dave Campo (Former Coach Dallas Cowboys) +500
Charlie Weis (Current Offensive Coordinator Patriots) +500
Mike Mularkey (Current Offensive Coordinator Steelers) +600
Tom Caughlin (Former Head Coach Jaguars) +600
Romeo Crennel (Current Defensive Coordinator Patriots) +600
Jim Johnson (Current Defensive Coordinator Eagles) +600
Jim Mora Jr. (Current Defensive Coordinator 49ers) +600
Maurice Carthon (Current Offensive coordinator Cowboys) +800
Bill Cowher (Current Head Coach Steelers) +1000
Jim Mora Sr. (Former Head Coach Colts) +5000
Pete Carrol (Current Head Coach USC Trojans) +8000
Buddy Ryan (Former Head Coach Eagles) +15000
Mike Ditka (Former Head Coach Bears) +20000
Dick Butkus (Former Linebacker Bears) +40000
Jim McMahon (Former Quarterback Bears) +50000
Field (any other candidate not listed above) +600

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Old 01-02-2004, 03:32 PM   #2
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Chicago has a good young QB in Grossman and some talent like Urlacher, but they are a ways away from being in the playoffs, I think. I personally think Coughlin is going to the Giants, and the job isn't good enough to get a college coach like Saban or Carrol away.
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Old 01-05-2004, 08:25 PM   #3
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Didnt Spurrier resign for the "Deadskins"?
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I think that the job is one of the best in the NFL, and it could easily attract those big college names. The problem is that the Bears don't like giving huge contracts to coaches, and therefore they wouldn't be able to lure away Caroll or Saban. I am not even sure that the Bears would match LSU's 2.5 million salary for Saban, never mind increase it by 2 mill, which is what would make Saban leave for it. However, I do like a college guy to get the job, Ralph Fridgen of Maryland. I think he would go there, provided they pay him enough, which is always a question for da Bears. They sell there coaches on the fact that once they come there (and suceed), they will be making millions in endorsments, and making up for the salary defecit compared to other coaches. I garuntee that Mike Ditka has made more on endorsments then he did coaching, and it is all because he had a tough guy Chicago personality, much like Fredgen does.

And Marc, why is that job "good enough"?
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Coughlin appears to be going to the Giants, it's the word im getting as of this second.

I think Mularkey will get the job, he would have lots of fun with the depth at wideout for the Chicago Bears.
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Mularkey reunited with Kordell? Interesting. Mularkey's best year as an OC was not coincidentally Kordell's best year as a QB...

And, then, there's always Grossman at QB, too.

My greatest concern with Mularkey is this year: he coached like a putz. Seemed to always be outthinking himself, always had the wrong personnel in for the wrong plays. Too cute.

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And the winner is....

Lovie Smith. I guess when you're the last team to hire a head coach, you end up with the defensive coordinator of a lousy defensive team.
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You never know, he may be able to turn this team around
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The 2003 Rams defense was much improved over the last two years' versions, jn.
No one, you notice, is pointing out that Smith abandoned the heretofore invincible Cover-2 for more man coverage, of course. And he abandoned it the year after the scheme won a Super Bowl.

Sometimes, it's the scheme. And, sometimes, it's the talent in the scheme.

Other times, it's Greg Robinson's D getting flattened like last week's pancakes.


BTW, there remains one more team on the hunt for a head coach: Oakland.

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