Bears fire Lovie Smith

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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.

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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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