Originally posted on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 12/12/12

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)
Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that there’s an “outside chance” that Lovie Smith could be fired following the team’s “late-season meltdown.” Telander adds that such a move would cost the Bears $5 million, but the fact that Chicago has dropped four of their last five games since starting off 7 and 1, makes it seem like an actual possibility. Tom Waddle of the NFL Network seemed to agree that Lovie could be shown the door in the near future if the Bears season continues to head south. “I think he’s on the hot seat now,” Waddle said, via Pro Football Talk. “It’s a bottom line business, and as of right now they’ve missed the postseason four of the last five years. If they make it five out of six, they’ve got a new general manager in place who has the autonomy to make the decision on the coaching position. I think in fact if they don’t get to the postseason, it’s very likely you will see a coaching change. And if they limp to the postseason and one and done, I still think it’s a possibility that Phil Emery, the new G.M., will make a change.”    
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