After nine seasons, the Chicago Bears have parted ways with head coach Lovie Smith.
As first reported by NFL Network, Smith was fired Monday morning by general manager Phil Emery.
Despite posting a 10-6 record, the Bears failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons when eliminated Sunday after the Minnesota Vikings clinched a wild-card berth by defeating Green Bay. Smith led Chicago into the 2010 NFC Championship game and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI during the 2006 season. The Bears lost both contests.
Smith, 54, was 84-66 overall during his time in Chicago. Smith, though, wasn’t hired by Emery, who became the team’s general manager last year after the firing of Jerry Angelo.
While the Bears fielded some of the NFL’s best defensive and special teams units during his tenure, Chicago’s offense struggled through most of the past nine seasons. The Bears ranked 24th in total yardage this season.
Smith joined the Bears following a three-year stint as defensive coordinator in St. Louis.
FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer reported that the Bears already have requested to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to replace Smith. A finalist for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job last season, the 40-year-old McCoy is a hot commodity for his work in recent seasons with quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.