BREAKING: Lovie Smith Fired as Chicago Bears Head Coach

Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Network is reporting that the Chicago Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith after 9 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

We have our first surprising name to be fired on Black Monday. Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smithwas fired Monday, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Smith met with upper management this morning. Bears assistants were very nervous, according to Rapoport.

Smith had a few things working against him, starting with the reality that he hasn’t made the playoffs for five of the last six years. An even bigger factor: GM Phil Emery was just hired last year. New decision makers usually want to bring in their own head coaches.

It’s a little surprising considering Lovie led the Bears to a 10-6 record but the Bears and Phil Emery had no choice but to make the move after Lovie’s teams failed to make the playoffs in five of the last six seasons.

Lovie’s record in his nine years with the Bears ends up at 81-63, a very respectable .563 winning percentage, but in today’s NFL, you can’t consistently miss the postseason and stay employed.  In nine years, Lovie led the Bears to the postseason just three times, amassing a 3-3 record en route to a Super Bowl appearance and an NFC Championship game appearance.

Stay tuned as more official word comes out of Halas Hall.  The coaching search is on!   Here are a few of my early candidates.

If you had the champagne on ice for a New Year’s Eve celebration, pop the corks a few hours early.   Today is a good day for the Chicago Bears and their fans.   Post your thoughts on Lovie in the Comments.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

Topics: Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith

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  • Deez

    How ironic is it that one of the first things Lovie said when he was hired was that his No. 1 priority was to beat the Green Bay Packers…and then one of the last things he said was “Go, Pack, Go.”

    The Packers were a big part of the reason that Lovie didn’t succeed. I’m sure there is a spot for him up there.

  • Phil_X

    I am so happy! Happy new year guys!

  • John Mack

    Like Cutler said “change isn’t always a bad thing.” I was a fan of Lovie Smith, especially because I like a solid defense, but it was getting time to move forward. Over the last 3-4 seasons both the offense and the defense should have started to see overhauls. It hurts letting go of key players (especially ones that know your system inside and out), but better to transition while workable than to come to a point where you have to transition due to inefficiency. And that goes for both sides of the ball! The coming 2013 draft looks to be chalked full of Offensive linemen (OTs and OGS). Chris Spencer is naturally a Center but the new administration will have to determine where it wants to go with that position. Lovie’s attitude will be missed as far as what he expected defensively, but change brings opportunity. Personally I still want someone defensive minded and to find a new offensive-mind for the offense, but I’m sure we’ll get into all of that with coming posts.

    Hey Boom, where’s that “When did you know the season was in a spiral” post???? :)