It is starting to look like there will definitely be a new head coach in the NFC North this year. The Chicago Bears have not made an announcement regarding Lovie Smith’s future, or lack thereof, with the team but recent reports suggest Smith will not be on the Bears’ sideline next year.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears have sent out forms to other clubs seeking permission to interview head coaching candidates.
That’s a move that only makes sense if there is a need for a head coach. It sounds like it’s only a matter of time before official word comes from the Bears organization that Lovie Smith has been fired. One early name that has surfaced as a possible replacement is Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
The Bears got their must-win in Detroit yesterday but it wasn’t enough to get into the playoffs with the Minnesota Vikings beating the Green Bay Packers to clinch the NFC’s sixth seed. That makes two years in a row that the Bears looked to be in good position to make the playoffs at the midway point of the season only to be sitting at home come playoff time.
That didn’t take long. Multiple reports say Lovie Smith has indeed been fired.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012