Lovie Smith's future in Chicago
December, 18, 2012
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com
Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY SportsWill Lovie Smith be shown the door if the Chicago Bears don't make the playoffs?Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag on Wednesdays during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
Q: Aloha Adam, what are the chances Steven Jackson ends up with the Green Bay Packers next season? It would give the Packers a running back, and Jackson a guaranteed shot at the playoffs with a potential Super Bowl appearance every year.
-- Tyler (Hawaii)
A: Green Bay makes as much sense as any potential destination, Tyler. Of course the question will be: What team is willing to pay an aging running back, albeit a highly productive and aging one? The Packers have always been interested in Jackson and now that his contract is up, it would make some sense for Green Bay to take a look. But the Packers won't have a lot of money to spend. They need to redo deals for Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and others. So if there's a team out there willing to pay Jackson the top dollar he will be seeking, it's hard to imagine it will be in Green Bay. But if his demands are reasonable, and the market for his services isn't robust, Green Bay could come into play.
Q: The Chicago Bears look like they could miss the playoffs again this season after another collapse. Is that due to the schedule, injuries or some combination? Do you think Lovie Smith could be gone after this season if they don't make the postseason?
-- Patrick (Illinois)