The Chicago Bears announced today that they have fired head coach Lovie Smith after not making the playoffs once again. The Bers started off this year 7-1, and it appeared at the time they were on the playoffs. However, the Bears found a way to completely collapse midseason. The Bears have’t made the playoffs in five of the past six seasons under Lovie Smith.
There were a lot of players that got emotional after the firing, one of them being Jay Cutler, who had to leave his show. “The Jay Cutler Show”, because he was so emotional.
“I think it’s going to be a sad day at Halas Hall. I have a lot of respect for the guy. He’s made friends with a lot of the players. He’s a players’ coach. I think right now I’m a little surprised, a little sad. Wish I could have done more offensively to help him out.”
Devin Hester was even contemplating retirement saying, “I don’t even know if I want to play again. That’s been something on my mind for two years.”
Lovie Smith 81-63 in the regular season as coach of the Bears and was 3-3 in the playoffs. He even led the Bears to the playoffs in 2006 and the NFC Championship in 2010. The most concerning record for Lovie was his record in December. During his nine seasons coaching the Bears, they were 17-19 in December.
It’s going to interesting to see who the Bears pick up as their new coach. They may even go hire an offensive minded coach instead of a defensive mind to shake things up a bit.