After nine seasons as head coach,the Chicago Bears have decided to part ways with Lovie Smith. His record as the Bears head coach was 81-63 during the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs.

Smith was informed of the decision by general manager Phil Emery on the day after the Bears beat Detroit to finish 10-6 but still didn’t make the playoffs.

Smith led the Bears to a Super Bowl, but also saw his team collapse in the second half of the past two seasons. Hired in 2004, Smith led the Bears to three division ti*les, two NFC ti*le games and a 2007 Super Bowl appearance in his nine seasons. His record is 81-63, and he leaves with one year left on his contract.

The Bears scheduled a news conference Tuesday to discuss the move.

Even though Chicago closed with a win, the Bears needed a loss by Minnesota to get into the playoffs. The Vikings, though, beat Green Bay to clinch a postseason spot, leaving Chicago as the second team since the postseason expanded to 12 teams to miss out after a 7-1 start. The other was Washington in 1996.

  • It was time!!! I’m gon miss his Chicago bears becuz I made “lots” of money from betting against them LOL. He was here 9yrs & only made playoffs 3 times, 1 playoff appearance in last 6 seasons…..**trump voice**…”ur fired”

  • BzB

    lot of people got their walking papers today. hope more black coaches get a chance.

  • Yeah it was his time. But one thing about my boy Lovie, is that he NEVER lost his cool. Dude stay on a even keel win or lose. How he find another (HC) job soon.