(Source) ROBERT KLEMKO: Bottom line—Why fire Lovie Smith?
PHIL EMERY: We were in a position where if he stayed, he would be picking his fifth offensive coordinator. Part of it was because I really believe looking at a team that if you’re going to have success, the most important relationship is between the head coach and the quarterback. I like our quarterback. I think Jay Cutler is very talented. He wants to improve. I know he needed to improve for us to be a championship team. When we were looking at making a change we knew that if we were going to do it we were going to make that the focus point. We had to work from that end.
So this story is floating around right now. Phil Emery suddenly breaking the silence on the Lovie Smith firing. Or at least that’s how the media is playing it. I can already see it now, ESPN Coors light hot seat “Did Jay Cutler force Phil Emery to fire Lovie Smith?”. What’s confusing about this though is that anyone who watched the Lovie Smith era Bears knew this all along. Lovie was a defensive coach. A very good one at that. The National Football League is a Quarterback and Offensive driven league (say that sentence in the Jaws voice for full effect). Lovie Smith basically had a revolving door for OC’s. He hired Mike fucking Tice for christ sakes. He didn’t give a fuck about the offensive side of the ball and seeing it grow. That’s it. Plain and simple. Again, this is something every person in Chicago already knew yet I guess it’s news now? Lovie Smith era is done guys, yes Cutler’s success under Trestman is THE story for this Bears Season but looking back does nothing, Bears have Coach Slugworth now, time to get weird as fuck on offense.