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Lovie Smith out as Chicago Bears coach

Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery informed Lovie Smith this morning he will not return as the team’s head coach for the 2013 season.

Smith was hired in 2004 and led the team to an 81-63 record, three division titles, two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance in his nine-year tenure as the head coach of the Bears.

Emery will hold a press conference Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the George “Mugs” Halas Auditorium at Halas Hall.

Smith’s firing follows the Bears not making the playoffs, despite a victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. To make the playoffs, Chicago also needed Green Bay to beat Minnesota, but that didn’t happen.  The Vikings won the wildcard and advanced to the playoffs.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

 

 

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27 Comments to “Lovie Smith out as Chicago Bears coach”

    Tired of the Morons said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Third smart decision in two years. The first was getting rid of their GM. Getting Marshal and now dumping Smith. Let's try for four. Dump Hester.

      VICTOR DIAZ said:
      December 31, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      ARGEED

    Michael A Alagna said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    It is about time but we waited to long. Our defense is now old.

    Jonse said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I would like to officially apply for the job at this moment…..

    Jack said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    this should have been done years ago

    Rory said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Been waiting too long for this moment, all the time and money I've spent at Bears games only to be let down by bad coaching, worse play calling, and a coach that only shrugs him shoulders and says "oh well"

    Eileen said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Thank GOD we needed to do this years ago now get new defense and new officials

    See ya Lovie said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Remember this monotone voice ? " Rex is our quarterback"

    Butch Taylor said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    They are nothing more than a mediocre and won't get any better until we get an offense minded head coach, a good offensive line coach. We haven't made any strides in getting better in several years now. I'm sorry but Jay Cutler was a bust also. Other teams have drafted top notch QB's that even as rookies make Cutler look below average. Denver knew what they were doing when they let him go. We need another Mike Ditka, that's the type of coach the Bears need..

    Bubba said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    juron couldn't win without an offensive line and neither could Smith, neither will the next guy if they don't fix this. Someone in Denver must have really hated Cutler to send him to Chicago to get killed..

    jagger69 said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Now if you can get the McCaskey's to sell the team things might actually change !!

    Bear fan said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Time for change in Chicago. Let's get a real o-line, and revamp the defense. Sorry to say it's time for Urlacher to go and bring in some fresh players.

    Bears Fan said:
    December 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    We need new owners the McCaskeys should sell the team, one.Two, we need the offense to be stronger and more protection for our QB. We cant have the defense winning all our games for us. Three we cant have the QB's bringing the rest of the team down.

    bear3 said:
    December 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Some offensive line people who can block some one or at least fall down in front of someone. I've been a Bear fan for 70 years. I'd like to see someone who can protect the QB & maybe open a few holes for
    the RB's

    marduc said:
    December 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Now get rid of the real problem. Jay Cutler . Then,,,maybe next year we can build a decent team.

      Paperboy said:
      December 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      I’ve been a Bear fan since early 70′s… Gave Lovie a second chance from a few years back, didn’t take advantage of that chance this time around… #1 Priority WE WILL BEAT GREEN BAY!!! Remember that phrase? Cutlers got to go! Total wimp! He crys more than he plays, a true non professional…..

    Tired of the Morons said:
    December 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Hester whining about him being gone. Maybe if Hester could figure out between the posts and not between the sidelines or backwards we could have had some decent kick-off returns. Bye Hester, don't let the door hit you in the "A".

    Tired of the Morons said:
    December 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Hey McCrapsky, Holmgren is available.

    rob said:
    December 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    It was a good decision but one that should have been made early this year or last year . the team is getting old and is time to search for a great middle linebacker but Cutler has to be better protected and find a tight end to catch the ball not to be an extra guard shore up the O Line and and we will be in the right direction

    greg said:
    December 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    HURRAY!! All you have to do is look and San Francisco, Washington, and Seattle to see what a fresh coach can do for a team.

    VICTOR DIAZ said:
    December 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    It time for a change all new coaches across the board.

    REGINALD PHILLIPS said:
    December 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I THINK LOVIE DID A GREAT JOB. YOU NEED TO FAULT THET DAM CUTLER AND THE OFFEBSIVE COACH

      Tired of the Morons said:
      December 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Please stop drinking.

    REGGIE said:
    December 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    OFFENSIVE LINE AND THAT DAN OB, ALSO THE LIBE COACH

    marduc said:
    December 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    How about next year a team that can score more than 14 points a game. How about an offense that can stay on the field more than 3 plays in a row. How about an offensive line that can move out of the way of the running back and that doesn't trip the quarterback.

    marduc said:
    December 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    How about an offense that moves the ball Forward,,,,,,,,, instead of Backward?

    Gulliver said:
    January 2, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    They don't call you all Armchair quarterbacks for nothing !!

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