After a 10-win season, the Chicago Bears have fired Coach Lovie Smith.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported that the team was making the move shortly after ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that the Bears were sending requests to NFL teams, asking to interview coaches. Tops among those coaches? Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, according to multiple reports.
The Bears got off to a 7-1 start but limped to a finish that kept them out of the playoffs. Smith, whose teams often had a stellar defense and middling offenses, took the Bears to the playoffs three times and made one Super Bowl appearance in nine seasons. But the offense always was a work in progress. Smith has had four offensive coordinators over his tenure, but the offense has ranked 28th or lower four times.