Last year, our defense's biggest problem before the lack of a pass rush at the end of the season was the much lower number of turnovers than 2011. On Sunday, our biggest problem was missed tackles. During one of the game threads, someone (I'm sorry, I couldn't find the comment to see who it was) suggested, probably jokingly, that we hire Lovie Smith to teach our team how to tackle. I found it kind of humorous, but I got to thinking, and I eventually arrived at a conclusion: Why not hire Lovie Smith as Supreme Allied Commander of Tackling and Turnovers?
In 9 seasons, Smith's Bears averaged over 30 takeaways, despite changes in every aspect of the coaching staff and front office. Literally no coaches or major front office members from 2004 (Smith's first year) were around in 2012. This leads me to conclude that Smith has been majorly responsible for that sustained greatness. Additionally, the Bears were a top 15 defense in 7 or 8 of those years in terms of yards and scoring, in large part because of incredibly consistent tackling. Again, Lovie Smith is responsible for this. And he's unemployed. There's a reason for that, but that is his offense and his head coaching skills. He wouldn't be head coaching or coaching the offense here. He would make a fantastic defensive assistant focusing entirely on creating turnovers and making sure we tackle consistently. What do you think?