I think a lot of people are missing the big picture. If Lovie were hired, it would be more for the level of respect he would instantly bring from players and fans. One of the biggest reasons I didn't want Schiano back was for his poor reputation throughout the league with players. For every McCoy singing his praises, there was a Michael Bennett trashing him. That's going to take a toll when it comes time to lure free agents. Lovie would be the quickest way to build goodwill with the rest of the league. Unlike some of the other big name coaches available (looking at you Shanny), he parted ways with the Bears with a winning record and good reputation.
It's not like we didn't get any free agents under Schiano
IMO, we overpaid Goldson last season based on the fact that it was very much a buyer's market. His 5 year contract was worth 18 million more than Glover Quin's 5 year contract. I understand he's had a couple of pro-bowls, but is he worth almost double what a two year younger Quin was? Even Jarius Byrd made less last season than Goldson after signing a 1 yr contract, and he is darn sure a better player.Other than Goldson, what other big FA did we sign after word about Schiano's reputation got out?
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