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It's over for Lovie Smith. He knows it, too. He's no dummy. He is never going to win a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears. He's never going to get there with Jay Cutler. Even his pet defense, now aging and easy to dupe, is never going to win one for him.
It's not that he has been awful for nine years. He has done some excellent things. But when you keep driving in the same direction, eventually you run out of road. That's where Smith is now as the Bears' coach. He has nothing else to do, nowhere else to go . . .
It's just time. The Bears need to fire him. It's not an angry thing, but just a realization that it's never going to happen in Chicago with Smith. He got the Bears close a few years ago, but has reached the highest height he ever will in this job.
From here, the Bears are going to have to start rebuilding the defense and also the big one: decide after next season whether to give Cutler another big contract. I wouldn't do it...
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(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) Lovie Smith isn't going to get caught up in any outside discussion about his job security with the Bears scuffling along and in danger of missing the playoffs after a 7-1 start.
Chicago's coach says his only focus is on trying to get a wild-card spot by beating Arizona this weekend and then winning the regular-season finale at Detroit.
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