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BB2W
02-19-2007, 06:57 PM
Bears head coach Lovie Smith is making long-term plans for the future of the team and one of the plans could surprise many Bears fans.

FOXSports.com has learned that Chicago has decided to not renew the contract of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Team sources say that Smith and Rivera met recently and agreed to allow Rivera to pursue other opportunities. The sources also contend that Smith will likely end up promoting Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator.

People inside the Bears saw this coming for a while as Babich has been reached out to from a handful of teams in the last two off-seasons and Smith, who unlike many other coaches does not block his assistants from moving up, did not want to lose him. Thus, the head coach had a tough decision to make and promoting Babich was his choice.

Babich is also viewed as more of a long-term option for Smith as Rivera was in the running for several head coaching jobs this off-season and last year. To this point, however, he has failed to land one. He did not sign an extension last off-season, which allowed him to be a free agent after the Bears' Super Bowl run. Most teams figured he'd get one of the vacant head coaching openings and as a result has been left out in the cold.

As for a defensive coordinator opening, there's only one open right now and that is Ted Cottrell's for the taking in San Diego. Still, now that Rivera is officially free another team may decide to make a run at a man who helped guide a unit to this year's prized game.

Rivera has been with Smith since he took over the head coaching duties in Chicago.

link: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6485778

BlitzburghRockCity
02-19-2007, 07:35 PM
Wow, just coming off a super bowl appearance, and all the hype he's been getting about being a candidate for head coaching jobs, may have backfired on him.

Black@Gold Forever32
02-19-2007, 08:02 PM
Wow, just coming off a super bowl appearance, and all the hype he's been getting about being a candidate for head coaching jobs, may have backfired on him.

Dude, I'm shocked by this. I know my best friend who is a Bears fans won't be happy with this. Plus the Bears still havn't resigned Lovie Smith. Thats just dumb. Give the guy his money already. I'm so glad that the Steelers are owned by the Rooneys.

AZ_Steeler
02-19-2007, 08:17 PM
This is pretty shocking! I guess the Bears figured signing him to a contract is pointless because if he's not hired on as a HC this year then it will probably happen next year :dunno: so why waste the money!

A monkey could be the DC of the Bears IMO, that team has a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball!

SteelersfaninPhilly
02-19-2007, 08:47 PM
I wonder if there is more to this. Then is being made public.

House of Steel
02-19-2007, 10:04 PM
I found this very shocking. What is Rivera going to do now? I wonder if he is going to go after some vacancies in the NFL. San Diego? Jim Mora being interviewed there. I think Rivera could make the Chargers go all the way. Interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks.

DIESELMAN
02-19-2007, 11:39 PM
Thats big ****ed up business for ya. I doubt they gave him a heads up he wasn't going to be resigned and now whats the man to do? One way or another he'll land on his feet :crossfingers:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-20-2007, 12:08 AM
The day after the super bowl, Rivera was on a plane to Dallas to interview. Im betting the Bears are feeling like he's not committed to them so they are looking for someone else.

Ever coordinator in the league wants to be a head coach so you can't fault him for that, however I agree there may very well be more to this story that don't know about.

tony hipchest
02-20-2007, 12:47 AM
i was hoping he would be an assistant with the steelers but it seems he will be the chargers lb coach.

sure wouldve liked to see him revive the steelers special teams though.

SteelersfaninPhilly
02-20-2007, 12:50 AM
i was hoping he would be an assistant with the steelers but it seems he will be the chargers lb coach.

sure wouldve liked to see him revive the steelers special teams though.


How would a defensive cordinator who specializes in the cover 2. Help our special teams? :scratch:

Ambridge
02-20-2007, 09:47 AM
i was hoping he would be an assistant with the steelers but it seems he will be the chargers lb coach.


Just heard it confirmed that the Chargers have hired Rivera as their linebackers coach.

That is a pretty dramatic swing for Rivera in such a short period of time.
He goes from a DC on a Superbowl team who is a head coach candidate for several teams back to a lowly positions coach in a matter of a few weeks.

AZ_Steeler
02-20-2007, 12:07 PM
That is a huge step down and almost takes him out of the lime light IMO :dunno: It's still pretty messed up of the Bears to not resign him. It's not his fault teams wanted to talk to him the day after the Super Bowl I would have been on the first flight too!

BBG7
02-20-2007, 12:08 PM
poor guy. I feel bad for him because his teams success this year could have had something to do with him not getting hired as a HC this season. I'm sure he will get his time though.

TEEMONT
02-20-2007, 03:24 PM
He will be back in the swing of things next year....I look fro him to be the Giants HC if they don't get Cowher.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-20-2007, 04:26 PM
The bears need to realize that coordinators get HC jobs all the time, that's why they move up the ranks on teams, to get a chance to be an HC. You can't keep somebody handcuffed to a team forever and then "take your toys and go home" when they want to move on.

BBG7
02-21-2007, 01:00 AM
look at all the Coordinators we have gone through and let our guys interview for their ultimate jobs. Esp. when you have success...you tend to lose those guys sooner or later and you have to understand that teams are going to want to interview these guys for Head Coaching Vacancies and it doens't make them unloyal...they are trying to reach the ultimate goal in coaching and land a HC position.