Likely the biggest surprise of the day, Lovie Smith has been fired as head coach of the Chicago Bears according to a report by Ian Rapoport, citing a source close to the situation.
The firing is surprising to many, but not altogether unforeseen. It was apparent down the stretch that the Bears coach was coming under more and more pressure. Chicago was nearly able to sneak into the playoffs with their win over the Lions yesterday, but the Vikings upset the Packers, bouncing Chicago from postseason contention.
The Bears started the season with seven wins and only one loss, but they stumbled during the second half of the season. To top that off, Smith has only led the Bears to one playoff appearance in the last six years.
A year ago, the Bears brought in Phil Emery as their new general manager. Usually, you would see a head coach stick around following the season Smith and the Bears had, especially considering Smith's past success with the team, but new GMs like to make ...