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|Posted: Mon Dec 31st, 2012 03:08 pm||
|Wait til Thurston hears about this.
The Chicago Bears fired coach Lovie Smith on Monday, NFL.com is reporting.
The Bears missed the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons despite starting this season 7-1.
The Bears finished 10-6 but were denied a playoff spot when the Vikings beat the Packers on Sunday.
The 54-year-old Smith, who led the Bears to the Super Bowl after the 2006 season, was 81-63 over eight regular seasons and was 3-3 in the playoffs.
Smith was under contract through 2013, and new general manager Phil Emery did not engage the coach in contract talks on an extension during the season.
Smith was particularly criticized for Chicago's inability to beat Green Bay. The Bears have lost eight of their last nine against the Packers and six straight.
The other big issue was the Bears' poor finishes under Smith. Chicago lost seven straight December games since 2010 before snapping its skid with a Week 16 victory over the Cardinals. During Smith's nine seasons, the Bears were 17-19 in December.