This year’s surprise firing in the NFL is Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. The Bears failed to make the playoffs in 2012, and in five of the last six seasons. That’s why Smith, who made the Super Bowl at the end of the 2006 season and the NFC Championship game at the end of the 2010 campaign, will be looking for work elsewhere. NFL com’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news. Smith, who has an 80-63 regular season mark with the team since 2004, and a 6-3 record in the postseason, has just three losing records in his tenure with the organization — 5-11 in his first season, and two 7-9 seasons. General manager Phil Emery, hired in January of 2012, was told by Bears ownership that he would have Smith as his head coach this season, but that things could change. “Lovie has said there’s pressure every year to win. That’s just a fact of life in the NFL,” team chairman George McCaskey said in July . “We told Phil when he came in that Lovie had to be the coach in 2012. He accepted that condition. We also told him that he would have the freedom to make a change if he thought it was necessary after 2012.” The move is questionable at best, in our opinion.
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Lovie Smith has been fired as Chicago Bears head coach (Shutdown Corner)