BREAKING: Bears Fire Lovie Smith (UPDATES)
By Samantha Abernethy in News on Dec 31, 2012 4:20PM
Well that was fast. The Bears fired head coach Lovie Smith today after nine seasons with the team.
The Bears failed to make the playoffs yesterday despite a 10-6 record and 7-1 start. This is the fifth time in six seasons that the Bears didn't make the playoffs. That "uncertain offseason" we talked about just this morning just got a bit more certain.
According to ESPN, quarterback Jay Cutler had to leave "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000 as reports surfaced.
"I think it's going to be a sad day at Halas Hall," Cutler said. "I have a lot of respect for the guy. He's made friends with a lot of the players. He's a players' coach. I think right now, I'm a little surprised, a little sad. Wish I could have done more offensive to help him out."
UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Bears wide receiver Devin Hester says he may retire from the NFL, in reaction to news of Smith's firing.
Emotional Devin Hester says he is considering retiring from NFL.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 31, 2012
Watch Jay Cutler's reaction, via WGN: