#10 Trading Thomas Jones
#9 Hiring Ron Turner
This one might just be a personal issue with me. I’ve never liked Ron Turner being hired. He seems to be a classic example of someone elevated just above their competency level. I didn’t like when I ran the Bears offense the first time, I didn’t like him being the head coach of the Fighting Illini and I didn’t like him during his return stint with the Bears. He was the most successful offensive coordinator Lovie had but that aint saying much.
#8 Devon Hester as a wide Receiver
#7 Signing Jonathan Quinn
I am a bears fan, this means I’ve seen a lot of bad quarterbacks in my time. Henry Burris, Rick Mirer and several others have bumbled their way around the Soldier Field turf. But the worst I’ve ever seen was Jonathan Quinn. New Offensive Coordinator Terry Shea was bringing an exciting and different offense to Chicago. He demanded a competent backup who knew the system in case Grossman got hurt… again. Shea sold everybody on Jonathan Quinn, a fourth year player that had rarely seen the field. It quickly became obvious why he hadn’t been playing. Quinn didn’t seem to know the basic rules of football. He didn’t seem to have clue what plays were called. He would fall back look around confused as if he had never seen a football field before and then get sacked by large men.
#6 Not Retaining Ron Rivera
#5 Signing Adam Archuleta
To secure the success of his friend, Lovie signed safety Adam Archuleta to a three year contract. Archuleta had been a very good player in his prime, but most NFL observers said he was past it and had lost a step, or two, or three. Lovie, ever loyal to his friends, rewarded Archuleta. Archuleta was horrible and ended up being benched not long into the season.
#4 Hiring Mike Martz
At the end of the 2009 campaign after three seasons of missing the playoffs, the calls for Lovie to be fired where thunderous. Many fans thought it was a sure thing. Somehow Lovie convinced the Bears to keep him but fire the entire offensive coaching staff. So Lovie was looking for his third O coordinator and also a defensive coordinator since we would no longer be allowed to call his own defensive plays. Lovie targeted some big names to be the new coordinators. There was one problem though. Everybody knew Lovie was on the hottest of hot seats and it was playoffs or unemployment in the coming year. Who would want to take a job with a high chance of losing it in only one year. That doesn’t look good on your resume. So after over a month, Lovie finally called up his old buddy Mike Martz and offered him the job. Lovie initially rebuffed Martz and wanted to look elsewhere. Best of all, after specifically saying that d-line coach Rod Marinelli would not be considered for the d coordinator position, Lovie hired Marinelli because no one else would take the job.
#3 Hiring Mike Tice
Beginning to sense a theme? After the 2011 season Mike Martz was forced to resign because of “philosophical differences” with Lovie. The “differences” being that once again Lovie was in the desperately trying to save my job mode. A new sheriff, general manager, was in town and Lovie could hear the gallows being built. Once again Lovie was faced with the problem of trying to find a qualified candidate with the sword of unemployment hanging over every bodies head. This time Lovie didn’t bother with the embarrassing month long search and named Mike Tice, who was the offensive line coach, as the new O coordinator. Tice was horrid and Lovie was fired a year later.
#2 Not cooperating with the media
#1 Hiring Terry Shea(Never figuring out the offense)
As I said at the beginning, I do believe that Lovie was largely a solid and good coach who got the most out of many of his players. I think most of the failures under his regime should really be placed at the feet of general manager Jerry Angelo. If I wanted to do Angelo’s greatest mistakes there would be more than ten.