Sometimes we look for the answers too high up and too far away.
And sometimes the question just isnít that complicated.
Such is the case with a portion of Bears nation that often canít believe what it hears from Lovie Smith.
Itís mostly because Smith has turned smug into an art form, a Picasso of pomposity with a Zen-like ability to make fans certain they saw a different game than the one Smith patrolled from the sidelines.
Some of the angst is coaching related, but it seems most of the displeasure with Smith is due to his media meets, his only opportunity to speak to the fans.
So if the rhetoric aggravates you that much, the simple solution is to stop listening. If itís spoiling your Bears Sunday, or has at times had you considering rooting against the beloved, then donít watch the news conferences. If it makes you crazy, stop paying attention.
Itís that easy.
Look, Smith isnít going to change, and he is going to be around these parts for a long time. No, he hasnít won enough ó actually, he hasnít won anything ó but his players love playing for him, and thatís crucial today in professional sports, where mutinies are all too common.
Heís a terrific coach during the week if not always on game day, and he has given over more control of the games to his assistants than ever before. Enjoy that heís winning this year and appreciate him as a coach for that.
Donít listen to the nonsense and youíll find that you like him more.
But heís not going to alter the way he approaches questions about his decisions, or admit that he or one of his players has made a mistake.
When his players are bad, heíll say theyíre OK. When theyíre OK, heíll say theyíre good. When good, heíll insist they were great. And when great, they are Hall of Fame bound.
Itís not like you donít know the drill. Itís not like you can expect something different.
And if you thought Smith was insufferable last year as an 8-8 coach who had won a single, lonely playoff game in five years, you ainít seen nothing yet.
Just wait until December when the Bears have the best record in the NFC and are headed toward a playoff run ó and Smith is headed toward another contract extension.
By todayís standards, Smith is a good NFL head coach, whether you like it or not. Yes, he has gone through assistants like Lindsay Lohan goes through rehab, and he has famously asked you to trust him despite some awful hires that have cost the Bears entire seasons.
But as long as the McCaskey family adores him, heís going to be here. And as long as he has success, the best way to avoid the things about him that drive you nuts is to make certain you donít hear it.
You wonít learn much from it anyway.
Weíve never been more divided as a people over so much in our lives. So much of it brings a daily aggravation that makes the grind unmanageable.
Things are tough, and yet sports are a grand escape. Itís a few hours a day, and for an NFL fan just a few hours a week. It is time to revel in the highs and suffer the lows, knowing it is only sports and that itís the best time of the year for football fans.
Find a way to enjoy it and remove from the experience that which is disturbing, even if it means skipping past the head coach.
Likewise, if Jay Cutlerís postgame is enough to make you spit up your hot wings, hit the mute button.
And if Brian Urlacherís words make you want to thrust your head at maximum speed into a brick wall, avoid them.
Wait to hear from Roberto Garza, Lance Briggs or Charles Tillman. They are a delight in nearly every situation, whether good or bad. After games, they are amazingly honest.
Watch the highlights. Manage your DVR. Or spend quality time with the RedZone Channel.
But for the love of Allan Ellis and all thatís holy, donít put yourself through any more of what pains you.
Not in the fall. Not in Chicago. Not on a Sunday game day.
We need not remind you, thereís only 16 of them.
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