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Bears | Two factors cost Lovie Smith

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team's decision to fire former head coach Lovie Smith ultimately came down to inconsistency on offense and an inability to perennially advance to the postseason. "During the course of Smith's career, we've had one offense that ranked in the teens (in 2006, when the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl). We haven't had the balance between our defensive excellence," Emery said. "We have searched for answers. The end result is we did not have enough consistency. That, paired with not getting into the playoffs on a consistent basis, I made the change moving forward."

2013-01-02 04:12:30 | Source: ESPNChicago.com - Michael C. Wright

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