Bears gave Lovie Smith a fair opportunity - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago: "A second consecutive late-season collapse, along with the presence of a new boss who didn't hire him, was enough to end Lovie Smith's nine-year tenure with the Chicago Bears.
The decision came quickly after the Bears missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported at about 10:40 a.m. ET that general manager Phil Emery was requesting interviews with head-coaching candidates from other NFL teams. As of 11 a.m. ET, the Bears had made no announcement about his status, but NFL.com was among the outlets reporting Smith had been fired. "
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