Originally Posted by HoosierCowboy
what did Smith do with some very good Chicago teams?
I realize that "performance relative to expectations" is the standard way to evaluate head coaches, but it's a pretty nonsensical one. Coaches have less impact on the outcome of single games than that of a single lineman or safety; the correct way to evaluate coaches is whether a team is consistently good (or improving, if the coach inherited a project).
The fact that Lovie Smith had good Bears teams (after he'd been there more than a few years - you can inherit good teams but keeping 'em good is tough) is about 1000x more relevant than the playoff success or failure of those teams.
I'd love to have him in Dallas, and I still can't believe Chicago was so dumb as to fire him.