Coming off a 7-9 season – causing some observers to wonder whether Bears coach Lovie Smith should be replaced – the Bears have restocked their organization for what they hope will be a Super Bowl run.
As the Chicago Tribune writes, the front office expects results. And it wants results now.
From Tribune reporter Brad Biggs:
Three things have changed since the offseason began with President Ted Phillips announcing general manager Jerry Angelo and Smith were returning but that the "status quo wasn't acceptable."
First, Smith cleaned house with his offensive coaching staff. Next, ownership opened the vault like never before, dropping $55 million guaranteed in free agency. Finally, there was significant turnover in the front office.
All moves have Smith at least coming across as impervious to the win-or-else situation in which he finds himself as he maintains his goal is not merely to compete for a playoff spot but rather to win the Super Bowl.
In response to a third-place finish in the NFC North, Chicago added DE Julius Peppers on defense, and on offense, the Bears have married QB Jay Cutler and new offensive coordinator Mike Martz in what they hope will be a harmonious relationship.
"We know what a good football team looks like," Smith said. "And this is a good football team."
He’d better hope that’s the case. Otherwise, his seat might begin to feel warmer.
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