Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The Chicago Bears fired coach Lovie Smith after nine seasons as the National Football League team failed to make the playoffs with a 10-6 record, according to NFL.com, which cited a person it didn’t identify.
While Smith, 54, took the Bears to the playoffs three times during his tenure, the team has failed to qualify for the postseason five of the past six years after losing to the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl following the 2006 season.
Smith had an 81-63 record with the Bears, who hired Phil Emery as the team’s new general manager in January.
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