Bears fire coach Lovie Smith after 9 seasons

Updated: December 31, 2012, 6:53 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears reached the Super Bowl under coach Lovie Smith and consistently boasted a formidable defense.

However, they missed the playoffs too many times, never solved their problems on offense and even after a 10-win season they are moving on without him.

The Bears fired Smith on Monday after the team missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. General manager Phil Emery delivered the news to Smith on the day after the Bears beat Detroit to ...

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