Before we get to the news of Lovie Smith presumably sticking around Chicago, two things from Stu:

1) New format: Not bad. Rocket's continued insolence seems to be the only bug.

Anyone else have thoughts one way or another on today's blog tweaks?

2) Charleston: I love it when someone who I thought was dead (in this case, Bobby Cremins) shows up on SportsCenter out of the blue. Up next: Lefty Driesell, Oscar Gamble or Dolph Schayes.

Indeed.

And now: Lovie Smith apparently isn't the problem. It's just all the idiots he hired, supervised and trusted with his coaching mandates. From ESPN.com:

Lovie Smith will remain coach of the Chicago Bears, but he'll return with a different staff as the team fired offensive coordinator Ron Turner, along with five other offensive assistants.The Bears had high hopes for 2009 after trading for quarterback Jay Cutler, but finished 7-9. Since going to Super Bowl XLI, where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts, the Bears are 23-25 and have missed the playoffs three straight seasons.

Very cunning of the Vikings. There could have been a complete overhaul in Chicago if that MNF game had turned out differently.