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New Bears regime sends Lovie Smith packing

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Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was fired Monday after nine seasons with the team. The Bears will hold a news conference on Tuesday with general manager Phil Emery.

GEORGE LECLAIRE | Staff Photographer

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It took two straight losing seasons and a combined record of 11-21 before the Bears fired Dick Jauron as head coach after the 2003 season. It took three straight losing seasons and back-to-back 4-12 campaigns before Dave Wannstedt got whacked after the 1998 season. Shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, Bears general manager Phil Emery confirmed that Lovie Smith was fired after a 10-6 season and the team narrowly missing the playoffs. In a statement released to the media, Emery said that he met with Smith early Monday and told him he would not return as the team's head coach for the 2013 season. The Bears will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Halas Hall. It's a new era at Halas Hall.
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