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JENSEN: In coaching search, Bears GM Phil Emery has money, power Updated Dec 31, 2012
Any perception that Phil Emery is a puppet general manager should’ve been eradicated Monday morning. Emery decided to fire coach Lovie Smith after the Bears fell short of the playoffs, and his bold move was presumably rubber-stamped by chairman George M
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  • MORRISSEY: We hardly knew ya, Lovie Dec 31, 2012
    Now that the deed is done and Lovie Smith is gone, I’m struck by how little we know about him after nine years with the Bears. Sure, there’s his love affair with the Cover-2 defense. We know he likes Jay Cutler -- unconditionally and beyond all reason
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  • Mike Sullivan to interview with Bears Dec 31, 2012
    There’s another name to add to the list of coaching candidates in Chicago. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the Bears have asked for and received permission to interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan for their head coaching vacan
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  • Timeline: Lovie Smith’s tenure with the Bears

    Jan. 15, 2004 - Lovie Smith, defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, is hired as the Bears’ head coach. He replaced Dick Jauron, who was fired after a 7-9 season in 2003 - his fourth without a playoff berth in five seasons. Sept. 19, 2004 -
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  • Bears return man Devin Hester pondering retirement after Lovie Smith’s firing

    Several Chicago Bears players were upset about Lovie Smith being fired from the team after nine years. Smith was the only person to coach Devin Hester, the wide receiver/return man who is capable of electrifying returns by struggled in 2012. Hester was …
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  • Falcons special teams coach to talk to Bears, Chiefs Dec 31, 2012
    It might be hard for the Falcons to get much work done this week, as their coaching staff is in demand. According to Alex Marvez of, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong is set to interview for vacancies with the Chiefs and Bears. F…
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  • Bears names: Mike McCoy, Keith Armstrong Dec 31, 2012
    In the hours since the Chicago Bears fired coach Lovie Smith, the names of two possible replacements have surfaced: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Atlanta Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. Both coaches are available…
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  • The Black Monday Firing That Doesn't Make Any Sense: Lovie Smith Dec 31, 2012
    Romeo Crennel, Chan Gailey, Andy Reid, Pat Shurmur, and Norv Turner were fired on Monday for the usual reasons that coaches get fired. All of these guys either led franchises to horrible records (Crennel), disappointed their pitchfork-waving fan bases o…
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  • Bills, Bears, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Eagles all fire head coaches Dec 31, 2012
    I noted in my Monday morning column today that it’s the worst day of the NFL year: Black Monday, when coaches and executives lose their job. This Black Monday is even crueler than most. Before noon, six NFL teams had fired their head coaches: The Bills
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  • It appears Jim Schwartz is safe Dec 31, 2012
    At about the same time the Chicago Bears were firing coach Lovie Smith, another NFC North coach was in the midst of his annual season-ending news conference. Stranger things have happened, but it's fair to make a couple of educated guesses after Detroit…
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  • Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions Dec 31, 2012
    After the Detroit Lions' 26-24 loss to the Chicago Bears, here are three issues that merit further examination: The Lions were lulled into thinking they were on the brink of consistent success after last year's breakthrough, but they found out this year…
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  • My thoughts on Wild-Card Weekend Dec 31, 2012
    Uneventful Week 17? Nope. There were still playoff spots to be won, and history to be chased. And that was just one man. Peter King breaks down the wrap of the regular season.
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  • Peter King: Show-stopping Peterson highlights better-than-expected Week 17 Dec 31, 2012
    What a regular season. What a year. What a Sunday.
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  • Video - Candidates For Bears Head Coaching Job 01:30

    Candidates For Bears Head Coaching Job

    Dec 31
    John Clayton breaks down the coaching situation in Chicago.
  • Video - Bears Biggest Offseason Concern 03:08

    Bears Biggest Offseason Concern

    Dec 31
    Cary Chow and Eric Allen discuss what the Bears need to focus on in order to make the playoffs in 2013
  • Video - Most Attractive Head Coaching Position 02:16

    Most Attractive Head Coaching Position

    Dec 31
    Tim Hasselbeck and Merril Hoge discuss which open head-coaching position is the most attractive and the least.
  • Video - Historic Day Of Moves In The NFL 03:43

    Historic Day Of Moves In The NFL

    Dec 31
    Adam Schefter discusses the number of head coaches and general managers who have been fired.