Originally written on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 12/31/12

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears call defensive plays as his team takes on the Detroit Lions on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 48-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the Chicago Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith after nine season with the team. ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that the Bears have already “sent out consent forms requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates.“ Bears QB Jay Cutler on news of Lovie Smith’s firing: “It’s going to be a sad day at Halas Hall,” said QB Jay Cutler, per Sean Jensen. With the Bears missing out on the playoffs and the fact that GM Phil Emery didn’t hire Smith in the first place, it was probably easier for Emery to start making the big changes he intended on making in the first place. Smith will certainly draw interest on the open market and could even find work as a head coach somewhere.   The post Bears Fire HC Lovie Smith appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
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