LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- 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.