Bears fire Lovie Smith


A day after winning their tenth game but failing to make the playoffs for the fifth time in six years, the Chicago Bears dismissed head coach Lovie Smith.

Smith leaves with an overall record of 81-63, the third most wins in franchise history behind George Halas and Mike Ditka. He took the Bears to the Super Bowl after the 2006 season, where they lost to Indianapolis. Smith won three NFC North titles and made an unexpected run to the 2010 NFC Championship game, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.  With his expertise on defense, the Bears ranked near the top of the NFL annually in takeways, and perenially sent players on that side of the ball to the Pro Bowl.

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Can Bears offense ring bell in season finale?

Cutler and Bears "o" need big showing against Lions

Cutler and Bears “o” need big showing against Lions

Inconsistent, hard to watch, and downright woeful for most of the 2012 season, the focus will be squarely on Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense as they make a bid for the playoffs in Sunday’s regular season finale in Detroit.

First-year offense coordinator Mike Tice has fared no better, and in many cases worse, than predecessor Mike Martz. The Bears  (9-6) once again lag in the lower tier of NFL offenses, unable to score points or move the ball with any degree of consistency. Though hampered by the same ineffective offensive line play that has dogged the franchise for most of the past decade, Tice has proven unable to make effective use of the Bears offensive weapons, and appears to be over-matched as a play caller. Too many instances this season, the Bears have been forced to use timeouts due to getting a play in late, and there’s no apparent continuity from one play to the next.

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