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The long overdue firing of Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith following the team's fifth missed postseason in the last six years has sparked some intense reactions from both players and fans alike. It's no secret that the mild-mannered Smith earned a reputation as a "player's coach" and gained the respect and support from his locker room over his nine year tenure in Chicago."I have a lot of respect for the guy. He's made friends with a lot of the players. He's a players' coach. I think right now I'm a little surprised, a little sad. Wish I could have done more offensively to help him out," remarked Jay Cutler upon hearing the news of Smith's dismissal.However, approval from his subordinates and a 81-63 overall record as the Bears' head coach aren't enough to stick with Smith moving forward. Since winning the NFC in 2006 and subsequently losing Super Bowl XLI 29-17 to Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts, Lovie's Be...
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