Lovie Smith is the first firing of Black Monday that was not a foregone conclusion as the season concluded. The Bears missed out on the playoffs when Minnesota beat Green Bay on a late field goal, and today, Lovie Smith is out.
In some ways, not surprising, because Lovie has been in Chicago for nine years, and has now missed the playoffs in five of the last six. The 10-6 record might have bought him some time, but he was working with a new GM likely looking for a reason to start with his own guy.
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