Originally posted 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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Hit Stick: What is the one sports video game fans need to buy this holiday?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dorial Green-Beckham fined for wearing non-charity Yeezy cleats

Chargers GM won’t commit to Mike McCoy’s return in 2017

Report: Police close to arresting Matt Barnes for alleged assault

Carmelo: Cryptic Instagram posts were about Phil Jackson

DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors won’t go away

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NFL folks think Jabrill Peppers ‘more hype than substance'?

Joe Haden: Winless Browns the 'laughingstock of every joke’

Did Del Rio give Reid the stink eye after Thursday’s game?

Lane Kiffin reportedly believed Houston job was his

Harbaugh stands by claim Pats broke rules in 2015 playoff game

Green, Durant laughed at Jazz coach for not surrendering

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Box Score 12/9: Carey Price has had enough of your nonsense

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

Ten most significant developments of the NBA season

Ten bold predictions for NFL Week 14

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker