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.
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