Thanks to their huge collapse, Lovie Smith is done in Chicago
Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Bears have fired their head coach, after an abysmal 2nd half collapse that saw the Bears lose 5 of their last 8 and miss the playoffs, despite starting the year 7-1.
They looked like the best team in football at the midway point in the season, and many people believed they were strong Super Bowl contenders.
Smith led the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance 5 years ago, and the Bears have one of the better defenses in football, year in and year out.
It's really the 6-game stretch between weeks 10 and 15 that did him in, when they lost 5 of those 6 games in what was a pretty brutal stretch against 6 playoff teams.
The Bears turned it around a little bit, winning the last two games, but it wasn't enough to clinch a playoff berth, and that's a huge reason Smith will be gone.
UPDATE: According to NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Bears have already asked permission to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy