Chicago Bears—Nine seasons
81-63 regular season; 3-3 playoffs
Three playoff appearances; Three NFC North titles
Two NFC Championship game appearances
One Super Bowl appearance
Only three losing seasons
Lovie Smith’s firing was the biggest surprise of Black Monday. After nine seasons, the Bears front office decided that the offense “didn’t have enough consistency.” The Bears were known for their stout defenses during Lovie’s tenure.
After a rough first season, Smith took the Bears to two straight playoff appearances and made it to the Super Bowl in the second appearance. He had the distinction of being the first African-American to coach in a Super Bowl.
He lost to his former boss and mentor Tony Dungy, coach of the Indianapolis Colts. It was the Bears' first Super Bowl appearance since the ’85 Bears 21 years prior.
The offense struggled for many of the years that Smith coached in Chicago. In his first few seasons, he dealt with a carousel of Rex Grossman, Kyle Orton and Brian Griese.
In 2009, the Bears traded two first round picks and Kyle Orton to acquire Jay Cutler. While Cutler had some success, Lovie just couldn’t get the team going.
The Bears went through three offensive coordinators between 2009 and 2012—Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice. While the Bears defense played decently, they were ranked in the top 10 in total defense in only three of Lovie’s seasons.
In his defense, after his rookie season Smith never lost more than seven games and he only lost seven twice.
Lovie will get some interviews for another head coaching job but he will need to solidify the offensive side of his staff with a strong OC. Lovie did make a Super Bowl run in 2006, but his teams were just slightly above average most years.