The Bears fired Smith on Monday after the club failed to reach the postseason for the fifth time in the past six years, due in large part to a stagnant and inconsistent offense. The Bears won 10 games in 2012, giving Smith a lifetime record of 84-66 (including postseason) at the time of his ouster. Over nine seasons in Chicago, Smith won three division titles and reached the Super Bowl in the 2006 season.
Many of the Bears’ assistant coaches who are currently under contract with the team are expected to follow Smith if he lands another head coaching job.
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