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DETROIT -- An opportunistic defense kept the Chicago Bears in the playoff hunt all season. They forced four more turnovers on Sunday with their season in the balance. The Bears turned those turnovers into 16 points in a 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. Chicago had 44 takeaways on fumbles and interceptions this season. "Taking the football away, we've been doing that all year," Chicago coach Lovie Smith said. "With the game on the line, you want to put it on the back of the defense to do it again and they were able to do that." Jay Cutler passed for 257 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown to Earl Bennett, and Matt Forte rushed for 103 yards and scored a touchdown. Olindo Mare kicked four field goals for the Bears (10-6), who needed a Green Bay victory over Minnesota later in the day to gain a wild-card berth. "We realized going into the game it was out of our hands as far as what happened after the game," Smith s...
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Too little, too late is all can be said about how the Chicago Bears ended the 2012 season at 10-6 and now the potential Chicago Bears offseason moves need to be assessed. What will the Chicago Bears do to get better in the 2013 season? The first place to look to where they need to improve, is by examining the players that will be possibly be saying sayonara to the Chicago Bears in...
Several other coaches have already fallen on "Black Monday," but none more surprising than Lovie Smith.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the now-former Bears coach has been fired after nine seasons.
The news is surprising given that Smith is coming off a 10-6 season and has accumulated an 81-63 career record, including a Super Bowl appearance. However, his downfall...
The 2012-13 season was yet another disappointing season, to say the least, for Chicago Bears fans.
Bears fans saw their team become the first since 1996 to miss the playoffs after starting the season 7-1.
I, along with many other fans, was very optimistic about the Bears’ playoff chances at the beginning of the season. Jay Cutler was healthy, we finally had a true number one receiver...
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, with the news of Bears head coach Lovie Smith getting fired today. wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester says he’s considering retirement.
Emotional Devin Hester says he is considering retiring from NFL.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 31, 2012
I’m not sure how serious Hester is. He could be just speaking out of emotion...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Black Monday hit hard around the NFL with numerous teams making major changes, but apparently not the 4-12 Detroit Lions.
While Coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't confirm that he's been told he's returning for 2013, he sounded and acted like that must be the plan.
Schwartz called it "business as usual" around the Lions' practice facility during...
The Chicago Bears have fired coach Lovie Smith, who has been with the team for the past nine seasons, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Despite starting the season 7-1 the Bears missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, finishing third in the NFC North with a 10-6 record.
Under Smith the Bears remained a defense first minded team and never developed an...
I started writing a recap of every team in the NFL. I was going to rip most teams to shreds and really only give like…three teams any credit whatsoever (Broncos, Patriots, 49ers if you’re really that curious). I was building my list alphabetically. I mocked the Cardinals. I gave credit to like, one-fifth of the Falcons. If The post Chicago Bears Needed to Move On From Lovie...
The 2012 NFL regular season has reached it’s conclusion. The Detroit Lions came into the 2012 season with high expectations and were a trendy pick to return to the playoffs once again this year. Detroit struggled this season and failed to live up to the high expectations placed upon them this season after their success last season. The Lions have some serious issues to address...
DETROIT -- Jay Cutler passed for 257 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown to Earl Bennett, and the Chicago Bears forced four turnovers as they kept their playoff hopes alive with a 26-24 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. Matt Forte rushed for 103 yards and scored a touchdown and while Olindo Mare kicked four field goals for the Bears (10-6), who needed a Green...
Bears wideout Devin Hester is pondering retirement, according to the Chicago Tribune.Fantasy Spin:When asked if football is still as fun for him as it used to be, Hester said, "It's not." If this is it for the 30-year-old, he'll go down as one of the finest return men in league history. Hester's 13 punt return touchdowns are a league record.
So the Bears won yesterday and finished 10-6 on the year, a 2-game improvement upon 2011. Normally this doesn't get your coach fired, but when the coach has been there for 9 seasons and has only put together back-to-back winning seasons once, normal doesn't apply. So the Bears owners (maybe management) did what I'd say 99% of Bears fans wanted and fired Lovie today.
Brandon Pettigrew made his return to practice this week for the Lions but remains doubtful for the season finale Sunday as the Lions tight end continues to deal with an ankle injury. Meanwhile the Lions continue to have problems with injuries on the defensive line as tackle Sammie Hill (toe) was not a participant at all in Allen Park throughout the week and is out for today’s game...