Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Bears’

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is an ethics hero: plays starters all the way in game that’s meaningless to the Bears, critical to the Packers

January 2, 2011

 

Ethics in sports means trying your best to win while behaving with integrity.  Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is an ethics hero for his stand in trying to win a game that was meaningless to the Bears but critical to the team they were playing.

The Bears were set as the no. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs after the Atlanta Falcons won their game and clinched the no. 1 seed and home field advantage. So the Bears final regular season game against the Green Bay Packers was meaningless to the Bears, but crucial to the Packers: if they won they were in the playoffs; lose and they’re out.

Some teams have rested their key players in such a game, notably—and shamefully—the Indianapolis Colts, who last year rested their best players in the regular season finale against the New York Jets and gave the Jets a playoff berth.

But Bears coach Lovie Smith stood up for the integrity of the game. If it was meaningful for the Packers it was the Bears’ obligation to try their best, so Smith played his starters all the way. The Bears lost, 10-3, but were fighting to the end, driving from their 2-yard line with 4:49 left in the game to the Packers 32, where an intercepted pass ended the Bears comeback and put the Packers in the playoffs.

The Bears made them earn it.

 

Mike Singletary fired, steps down with class and grace

December 27, 2010

Mike Singletary could have taught violence and intimidation during his twelve year career as a perennial All- Pro middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears. But most of all he was known for his intensity and determination to beat you on every play.

Yesterday he taught grace and class after he was fired by the San Francisco Forty-Niners following two unsuccessful seasons as head coach. His statement:

“One of the greatest experiences of my life was having the opportunity to coach the San Francisco 49ers. What made it so special were the players. They were some of the most outstanding men I have ever been around in my life. The coaches were truly professionals. I wish the 49ers nothing but the best. I am thankful to the York family for having given me the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL. I am indebted to them for that. I am also thankful for the faithful fans, I am just sorry I couldn’t give them more.”