Simple in-season changes:
1) Turn all play calling and offensive game planning over to Bates.
2) Return Tice to working with the offensive lineman full-time (you can use this as a way to save face for Tice by saying the oline needs too much individual attention and not destroy him completely)
3) Get healthy (Jay for obvious reasons; I also thought the pressure on the QB was lacking and having Melton dinged and not having Shea played a little bit in to that; also can we catch a (non)break with Alshon.)
After the season is over, continue running the offense with Bates in charge to build consistency and continuity for Jay (and the rest of the guys).
In terms of personnel: Sign the best available LT (Long or Clady fingers crossed but not likely), Draft Barrett Jones in the 1st round, continue to develop James Brown and Corey Brandon (hoping that Tice going back to full-time oline coach would help bring them along faster), I also am in favor of keeping Rachal and Louis as guards (I don't like blowing 1 game into too much and I think they have played pretty well at guard since Rachal replaced Spencer, IMO).
If the team continues the current implosion following what happened last season, then I believe that wholesale changes must be made to the coaching staff, offensive line and defensive philosophy (no more Tampa 2).
Not to be too pessimistic, but the Bears have been a mess since Papa Bear Halas passed. The McCaskey boys are inept, and some of the blame has to rest with Virginia (God Bless her...she's is George Halas' daughter after-all).
We can discuss changes all day long, but no substantive change will occur until change is made at the very top. I'm not suggesting the McCaskey's sell the team only this:
1. Reorganize the front office. Go ahead and keep Ted Phillips, but remove him from operational or personnel decisions. He'd make a great CFO, and that's about it because he's fine at bean counting. The team president, and senior executives need to be top flight football professionals. I don't have any recommendations here, but the McCaskeys are not the Krafts or Rooneys, and have not shown over the past almost 30 years they are capable of the task.
2. (See last sentence above) Every McCaskey needs a hobby, or other business venture to occupy their time...as far from Halas Hall as possible. They can show up once a year this time to hand out the turkeys to the employees, and, other than that, stay the hell from anything football related.
Reality is, every personnel decision is approved and/or endorsed by the McCaskeys. All this talk about Emery has decison-making, Andgelo had decision-making, etc, is just blah-blah-blah.
I don't know much but i have a hard time accepting the offensive line is as bad as the stats //i saw confused lack of intensity// not working with these guys really hard to fix//playing out of position how big a factor for their success is garza to old to play guard //i still play a tackle with a te number the whole game and pair six guys off two each to block four man fronts with one te to pick up blitz's//reduce technique to ten and practice those until it's second nature get these guys something to hang their coat on//instill intensity man these players need to enjoy what they do//i hope lovie talks to chilo and brings him back to the team blaming one player is futile//resolving problems is the best way to get you there