When Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips began his search in January for a general manager to succeed Jerry Angelo the job came with the proviso that Lovie Smith would be retained as the head coach – but only for the 2012 season.
Thursday morning at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Smith said he doesn’t feel any more pressure to win this season under new G.M. Phil Emery than he ever has. It may be a “win-or-else” situation, but Smith says that’s nothing new.
“Win or else?” Smith said. “Every year I’ve been a head football coach and pretty much (even) as a position coach, I felt like we had to win the next year or else. There’s a standard that we’re going to try to get accomplished. That hasn’t changed at all.
“As far as more pressure, a new G.M. having to keep me, I don’t think any of the (candidates) looked at it that way. Hopefully they looked at it as a great situation they were coming into, a team that two years ago was in the NFC championship game, a team that was 7-3 this past year before injuries happened.”
Injuries or not, another 8-8, out-of-the-playoffs finish this season could cost Smith his job.