Lovie Doesn't Love 2013
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is planning to sit out the 2013 season
. Reports are coming out today that confirm a prior report from Michael C. Wright on January 16. It seems that it may be premature to give up on the year 2013 before it is a month old, but this year certainly has not been kind to Smith.
Despite a 10-6 record last season and career winning percentage above 56%, January 1, 2013 began jobless for Lovie Smith. The Tampa 2 specialist, who was able to convert his defense enough to keep up with the offensive trends in the league, simply did not draw a ton of interest. The Bears finished 3rd in points per game allowed and saw both of their starting corners go to the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, the coaching hiring season has not been kind to someone with defensive credentials.
Also, the lack of minority hires this month has led to rumors about an extension of The Rooney Rule to coordinator positions. Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy became the first two black head coaches to face each other in Super Bowl 41.
Only one defensive-minded coach has been hired to the 8 open coaching positions around the league. Two teams, the Eagles and the Saints, still have defensive coordinator openings. Smith did interview for head coaching vacancies in Buffalo, San Diego and Philadelphia. Each team hired an offensive-minded coach after meeting with Smith.
The true reasons are unclear as to why Smith has decided to sit out. Perhaps he got sick of the process. Perhaps he has been told his system is tough to sell. Of course, that doesn't matter. The NFL will move on this season while Smith stays put.