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.

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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.

With Smith out, Jay Cutler is going to have to start over with another offensive coordinator. A defense full of players fit to Smith’s scheme may not fit well anymore.

Was that the best move for the Bears??

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