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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
MORRISSEY: We hardly knew ya, LovieUpdated Dec 31, 2012 Share TweetNow 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 reasonSource: suntimes.comShare TweetThere’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 vacanShare TweetJan. 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 -Share TweetCharlotte can only hope it's a sign of better things in 2013. Kemba Walker had 18 points as Bobcats ended the year by beating the Bulls 91-81 to snap their losing streak at 18.Share TweetSeveral 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 …Share TweetIt 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 FOXSports.com, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong is set to interview for vacancies with the Chiefs and Bears. F…Share TweetIn 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…Share TweetRomeo 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…Share TweetI 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 BillsShare TweetAt 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…
Free Head Exam: Detroit LionsUpdated Dec 31, 2012 Share TweetAfter 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…
Peter King: Show-stopping Peterson highlights better-than-expected Week 17Updated Dec 31, 2012 Share TweetWhat a regular season. What a year. What a Sunday.Source: CNNSI.com
My thoughts on Wild-Card WeekendUpdated Dec 31, 2012 Share TweetUneventful 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.Source: CNNSI.com
Bobcats End 18-Game Losing StreakDec 31Kemba Walkers scores 18 points to lead Bobcats past Bulls and to their only win of December.
Candidates For Bears Head Coaching JobDec 31John Clayton breaks down the coaching situation in Chicago.
Bears Biggest Offseason ConcernDec 31Cary Chow and Eric Allen discuss what the Bears need to focus on in order to make the playoffs in 2013
Most Attractive Head Coaching PositionDec 31Tim Hasselbeck and Merril Hoge discuss which open head-coaching position is the most attractive and the least.
Don Banks: Rollercoaster ride had run its course for Bears' Smith; more Sn…Dec 31Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take in the furiously fast firing fest that was Black Monday in the NFL...
Peter King: Show-stopping Peterson highlights better-than-expected Week 17Dec 31What a regular season. What a year. What a Sunday.
John Clayton's mailbag: Chuck the tuck ruleDec 31The tuck rule came up three times in the final week of the regular season. It's time to get rid of it.