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Bears fire Lovie Smith

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has been fired.

Posted on Dec. 31, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 31, 2012 at 12:40 p.m.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have fired coach Lovie Smith after the team missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

Smith was informed of the decision by general manager Phil Emery on Monday, a day after the Bears beat Detroit to finish 10-6 but still missed out on a playoff spot.

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 titles, two NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance in his nine seasons. His record is 81-63.

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




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 Utah linebacker Gionni Paul (13) is hugged by Assistant Head Coach Kalani Fifita Sitake on the sidelines after he intercepted a pass from Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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