“It’s going to be a sad day a Halas Hall,” said Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after finding out that coach Lovie Smith had been fired.
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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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Despite a victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, it still wasn’t enough to get the Chicago Bears into the playoffs.
Chicago also needed Green Bay to beat Minnesota, but that didn’t happen. The Vikings won the wildcard and advance to the playoffs.
The Bears finish the regular season at 10 and 6. Chicago has missed the playoffs five times in the last six seasons.
Now, speculation begins over the future of head coach Lovie Smith who has just one year left on his contract. Smith has an 81 and 63 regular season record over nine seasons with the Bears.
Fans at The White Palace Grill in the South Loop say there is plenty of blame to go around.
“I don’t think Jay Cutler is the right quarterback for the Chicago Bears,” said one diner. Another chimed in about Smith, “as a person, he’s fantastic. I think he put together a great staff, but in the business you have to produce.”