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Bears won't re-sign DC Rivera!

Discussion in 'All Other Team Discussions' started by tromadz, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. tromadz

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    The D will be good next year, but not AS good. Bet on it!



    Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, who has interviewed for nine head coach positions in the NFL over the past two years but landed none of them, is poised to become a man without a job.

    Negotiations between Bears officials and Rivera's representatives, aimed at extending the coach's contract, have produced no progress toward a new deal and have broken off. Unless the discussions are suddenly revived, and a new contract is struck before Tuesday, Rivera will become a free agent.

    Rivera's contract has technically lapsed. But according to league rules the Bears had an exclusivity period, for three Tuesdays following the Super Bowl, to negotiate a new deal with him. During that three-week window, Rivera could have been hired as a head coach by another franchise, but not as an assistant.

    That window expires Tuesday, but sources said Bears officials have no intention now of renewing Rivera's contract. It is believed that Rivera, who played linebacker for the Bears for nine seasons before embarking on a coaching career, earned $500,000 for the 2006 season. If that is the case, it likely put him at about the middle of the NFL's salary range for defensive coordinators.

    Given the popularity of Rivera during the NFL's past two firing-and-hiring cycles, when he interviewed for nine vacancies, his entry into the unemployment line would be fraught with irony. Still, team officials indicated to ESPN.com during the week preceding Super Bowl XLI that they would not overpay to retain Rivera.

    The feeling then was that Chicago could survive Rivera's departure, since their defense is primarily the design of head coach Lovie Smith. The Bears also felt they had a replacement on staff already in assistant coach Bob Babich. The Bears' linebackers coach, Babich is highly regarded and, assuming Rivera departs, he will be elevated to the coordinator post.

    A Chicago official noted before the Super Bowl that the Bears would be in worse shape if another club pursued offensive coordinator Ron Turner, since there was no heir apparent on the current staff.

    The Bears have been negotiating new contracts for general manager Jerry Angelo and for Smith, but are not believed to be close to a deal for the latter. Smith was believed to be the NFL's lowest paid head coach in 2006, with a salary of $1.35 million, and has one season remaining on his original contract with the club.

    Rivera, 45, played for the Bears 1984-92, then became an assistant coach on the Chicago staff in 1997. He moved to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, then rejoined the Bears, on Smith's staff, in 2004. Of the seven head coach openings since the end of the 2006 season, the only one for which Rivera did not interview was the Oakland vacancy.
     
  2. PackerLegend

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    Chargers | Rivera hired as LB coach
    Mon, 19 Feb 2007 20:20:25 -0800

    John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the San Diego Chargers have hired Ron Rivera as their linebackers coach. Rivera worked as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator in 2006.
     
  3. tromadz

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    how the mighty have fallen
     
  4. cheesey

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    Wow. Here the Bears had a good thing, and let him go.
    Not too surprised that they would do that.
     
  5. jthill

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    LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Bears on Tuesday promoted fourth-year assistant coach Bob Babich to the defensive coordinator position. Babich initially came to Chicago as the team’s linebackers coach when he was hired on January 17, 2004 and was promoted to assistant head coach/linebackers on January 26, 2006.


    Bob Babich was the first assistant that Lovie Smith brought from the Rams to the Bears.

    I think it was a great move.
     
  6. tromadz

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    yeah great move getting rid of the DC of arguably the best defense in the league.

    keep lying to yourself.
     
  7. jthill

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    Time will tell, anything at this point is speculation. Rivera's strengths weren't the Tampa 2, Babich knows Lovie's version of the Tampa 2. Ron spoke out a few times on how he would like to implement his own ideas on defense. In a nutshell it's Lovie's scheme. I'm not taking anything away from Rivera he's a good DC.
     
  8. tromadz

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    yeah it was lovies scheme, that rivera ran to damn near perfection...

    now a (good) lb coach gets to play DC? that can EASILY fail.
     
  9. jthill

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    Like I said I'm not going to knock Rivera, but I do trust Lovie's decisions. So far they have been all good ones. Time will tell.
     

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