Originally written on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 12/31/12

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears watches warm-ups before a game against the Green Bay Packers on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
According to multiple reports from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, with Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune backing up the report, the Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith this morning.   The news broke at a little after 9:45am Chicago time and ends Smith's tenure after a tenuous nine year stint with the Bears.   The Bears were eliminated from the playoffs yesterday when the Vikings beat the Packers.  Despite their 10-6 record the Bears came up short in their bid for the post season. In a year that many expected the Bears to easily make the playoffs, the Bears failed to do so.   They became only the second team in NFL history to miss the playoffs, after starting the season 7-1.  Under Smith the Bears finished the season with a 2-6 record against teams that made the playoffs.  Their only wins came in the opener against the  Colts and their home game against the Vikings.   Smith finishes his career with the Bears  with the third most wins in franchise history behind George Halas and Mike Ditka.  He won 80 games against 63 losses and was 3-3 in the post season with one trip to the Super Bowl and one other NFC title game appearance, both losses.   Smith's departure likely means the end of the Brian Urlacher era as well.  Urlacher stated last night he wants to stay with the Bears, but the chances of that happening now seem slim.   The question now becomes which direction do the Bears go to fill their head coaching position?  This team is built around a 4-3 defense, and at no point in the history of the franchise have the Bears played any thing but a 4-3 defense.  The best players on the defense fit well into the 4-3 defense Corey Wootton, Henry Melton, Julius Peppers and Charles Tillman all fit the specifics of Smith's Cover-2.   Lots of decisions are on the horizon, and it should be a very exciting off season to find out who is the next make to lead the Monsters of the Midway.
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