Coach Lovie Smith is one of the faces of the Chicago Bears, and according to new general manager Phil Emery, that's not gong to change. In a chat with the Chicago Sun-Times, Emery batted away the notion that he will be hiring his own head coach, instead praising the stability that Smith brings to the franchise:
As a first-time GM, having been through several coaching changes as a scout and as a coach, I know how disruptive that is. You can't ever be afraid to make a change, if you know it's going to be disruptive. However, I think I walked into a very good situation with Lovie Smith as our head coach. I mean, he's a dean in the NFL for a reason.
Smith has been the Bears' head coach since 2004, leading them to three playoff appearances and one Super Bowl appearance.