Black Monday is one of the most popular days in the NFL as numerous head coaches get fired the day after the regular season comes to an end. One of the biggest names to lose his job on Monday–Lovie Smith from the Chicago Bears.
The Bears dismissed their head coach after nine seasons on Monday as the team turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments of the second half of the regular season. After a 7-1 start, Chicago seemed like a lock for at least a Wild Card spot in the NFC, but finishing 10-6 forced them to miss out for the fifth time in six seasons as the Minnesota Vikings clinched the final spot in the NFC after their 37-34 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Chicago was considered a team to keep an eye on at the beginning of the season when it comes to being a sleeper for the Super Bowl and the fact that they failed to reach the playoffs following their hot start is one of the biggest disappointments from the 2012 season. For an offense to finish 28th overall when they consist of weapons like Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and Brandon Marshall, it was clear a change was needed in the coaching staff and after nine seasons–Smith was the obvious choice to go.
Love has received every opportunity in the world with plenty of talented teams to prove himself as a head coach in the NFL and with the way this season played out with the Bears–it’s difficult not to imagine what could have been if this team didn’t collapse in the second half.
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