The Chicago Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. They were never really in it enough against the NFC North Champion Vikings for anyone to actually think they had a chance. By the end of the game, the result was becoming obvious.
The Vikings seemed to be content with taking out some players as the game went along and the Bears started to do the same thing. Getting as high of a draft pick as possible was always important to them and losing secured them the second overall pick at the worst.
Well, they got their wish as the Vikings ended each team’s regular season with a big victory on the road at Soldier Field. The Bears had the second overall pick locked down unless the Houston Texans could pull off a miracle in their game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Luckily enough, a big play at the end of that game got the Houston Texans within one point. Instead of sending the game to overtime with an extra point attempt, they went for two points. Luckily for the Bears, they did it and jumped the Bears on the draft board.
The Chicago Bears got some big-time help from Lovie Smith one final time.
For the first time since 1947, the Chicago Bears have the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. This is actually a very exciting piece of news as Chicago will hold a lot of cards with this pick. They could either trade it or make a selection. Either way, big things are coming for them.
Former head coach of the Chicago Bears Lovie Smith was the head coach of the Houston Texans in this game. He made all of the decisions in the final game that led to his team winning and handing over the first overall pick to his favorite team. Lovie helped Chicago out one last time.
You might remember that the Bears fired Lovie Smith all of those years ago after a winning season. Since then, literally nothing has gone right for the Bears and that includes any coaches to come along since (we will see about Matt Eberflus).
Unforutanately, the Houston Texans couldn’t even wait until Black Monday to fire Lovie Smith. They fired him on Sunday night just a handful of hours after their game ended. The players and coaching staff had to be happy with the final win of the year but the team clearly wasn’t.
There might have been some more things that went into this decision to fire him but it is hard to believe that the organization is happy with the fact that they no longer have the first overall pick. With that in mind, Lovie did the Bears one last solid on his way out.