By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Chicago Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith. He was dismissed on Friday.
The veteran head coach had met with the Bears management in the morning. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the coaches on the staff were nervous of the pending announcement.
At this time, the Bears coaches will remain on the staff. That is until a new head coach is hired.
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As the Bears’ head coach, Smith went 81-63. He was fired following a 10-6 record.
During his tenure, Smith had three losing seasons. The first losing season came during the 2004 season he went 5-11.
Then, his second losing season came in 2007 when the team went 7-9. His third and final losing season with the team came in 2009 when the team also went 7-9.
Smith guided the team to the playoffs three times during his tenure. The Bears were defeated during the 2005 season by the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional Game.
The following season, the Bears advanced all the way to the Super Bowl. They were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.
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After three seasons without appearing in the playoffs, Smith guided the team to the playoffs during the 2010 season. They were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.
According to Fox Sports Insider Jay Glazer, the Bears are expected to have interest in Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. He is also being considered for the Arizona Cardinals job, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.
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