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GM: Playoff woes doomed Smith

Updated: January 1, 2013, 9:35 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery credited recently fired coach Lovie Smith for "defensive excellence."

But Emery also divulged that the Bears' decision to make a coaching change ultimately came down to inconsistency on offense and the team's inability to perennially advance to the postseason.

"During the course of Smith's career, we've had one offense that ranked in the teens (in 2006, when the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl). We haven't had the balance ...

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