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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:44:47 -0800
Although a couple of defensive coordinator openings remain, former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith plans to sit out the 2013 season in hopes of returning in 2014 as a head coach.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:42:19 -0800
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is not expected to coach this season. He does not want to take a defensive coordinator position and is willing to wait until next offseason to find a head coaching position.
Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:59:36 -0800
The San Diego Chargers interviewed former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith for their head coaching vacancy Friday, Jan. 11.
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:49:59 -0800
The San Diego Chargers will interview Lovie Smith for their head coaching vacancy this weekend.
Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:18:42 -0800
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt could be options for defensive coordinator if the team switches to a 4-3 defensive alignment.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:29:22 -0800
The Philadelphia Eagles will interview head coach Lovie Smith (Bears) for their open head coaching position Thursday, Jan. 10.
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 07:48:14 -0800
The San Diego Chargers were interested in Lovie Smith as soon as the Chicago Bears fired him, but they want to hire a general manager first.
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 04:51:46 -0800
The Buffalo Bills interviewed former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith for their head coaching vacancy Friday, Jan. 4.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:16:11 -0800
The San Diego Chargers are interested in former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith for their vacant head coaching position.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 06:52:37 -0800
The Buffalo Bills will be the first team to interview former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. Smith has received a lot of interest from teams; however, the Bills are a team that intrigues him.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 06:10:22 -0800
The Buffalo Bills are reportedly planning to interview former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith for their head coaching vacancy this weekend.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 04:15:30 -0800
The Chicago Bears had 11 different quarterbacks start for the team since former head coach Lovie Smith's first season in 2004.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 04:12:30 -0800
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."
Tue, 01 Jan 2013 18:14:21 -0800
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith reportedly wants to fill the Buffalo Bills head coaching vacancy.
Tue, 01 Jan 2013 11:04:01 -0800
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher said he wants to stay with the Chicago Bears, even though he is a free-agent and had said he would only play for former head coach Lovie Smith. "I feel like I'm a Bear, no matter what happens," Urlacher said. "I want to be here. ... I still don't want to play for anybody else, and I'll keep saying that until it happens, I guess."
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:20:50 -0800
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith has been contacted by four teams that are interested in interviewing him for their head coaching position.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:57:05 -0800
Updating a previous item, the Chicago Bears ultimately fired head coach Lovie Smith because the team didn't reach the playoffs this season, according to a league source.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:48:01 -0800
Updating an immediate report, a source has confirmed the Chicago Bears fired head coach Lovie Smith.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:42:25 -0800
The Chicago Bears have sent out consent forms requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates, indicating that they have fired head coach Lovie Smith.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:19:02 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith could be in jeopardy of losing his job, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. "It's not looking good," the source said.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:48:11 -0800
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher defended head coach Lovie Smith by saying critics, both media and fans, do not know what they are talking about. Many local fans and media have been calling for a coaching change. "Two of the people I don't care about, fans or the media," Urlacher said. "They can say what they want to about our head our coach, about our players. It does bother me because those people don't know what they're talking about, obviously ... I know there are a bunch of experts in the media, and there are a bunch of smart guys out there who know exactly what they're talking about all the time. But they don't know what they're talking about."
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:08:12 -0800
The Chicago Bears have not had contract extension talks with head coach Lovie Smith because they prefer to wait and see how the rest of the season unfolds before making a decision. Smith has one year left on his contract but could lose his job this offseason.
Sat, 15 Dec 2012 04:13:37 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said Friday, Dec. 14, there is no problem with QB Jay Cutler's (neck, knee) knee, despite the quarterback being listed on the injury report because of neck and knee ailments. "What knee? Believe me, I know there is a guy that reported that there is a problem with the knee, but there is no problem with the knee," Smith said. "Jay is good to go. We are hoping he'll play the best game he's ever been able to play."
Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:13:19 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith could be in danger of losing his job with the team losing four of their last five games.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:21:32 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said the team will not be adding a free-agent wide receiver and will stick with the receivers already on the roster.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:37:07 -0800
The Chicago Bears seemingly were not prepared to face Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's scrambling ability in Week 13, according to DE Julius Peppers. "He likes to play with his legs," Peppers said. "We weren't prepared for it, but he did a good job today." Head coach Lovie Smith added that he did a "terrible job" getting the team ready for the game.
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:05:29 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said WR Alshon Jeffery (hand) will be back on the field before we know it, and that the injury is nothing major.
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:34:24 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said the team is "hopeful" RB Matt Forte (ankle) will play in the team's Week 4 game Monday, Oct. 1. "He made a lot of progress last week, and we have an extra day also so that should help," Smith said. "We're just hopeful that he'll be able to go. If not, our running backs, not only Michael Bush, but Kahlil Bell and Armando Allen all did a good job. But we hope we'll get our stud running back back."
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:09:04 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith was not pleased CB D.J. Moore went public with his criticism of QB Jay Cutler. "He wasn't happy at all," Moore said. "He said, 'Don't say it in this setting' or 'don't say it here' or 'don't say it there.' He was just telling me the right way to do stuff."
Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:17:35 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said franchise free-agent RB Matt Forte is not bigger than the team, despite his talent. Smith does not appear concerned with Forte's bitterness toward the team at this stage. "Right now, Matt Forte the football player has a problem with our organization. It's not about one person," Smith said Wednesday. March 28.
Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:57:01 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said he has spoken to franchise free-agent RB Matt Forte since the running back's angry reaction to the signing of RB Michael Bush. While Smith didn't say the situation had been resolved, he seemed confident that it would be. "We love him, he's going to rush for a lot of yards for us," Smith said. "It's going to work out fine."
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:56:25 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith indicated the team's offensive philosophy regarding the tight end is about to change under new offensive coordinator Mike Tice. "I would say that all eight years I've been here the tight end needs to be a big part of what we do," Smith said. "We plan on doing that. And as far as coming out this year, there are only so many receivers you can throw the ball to. You can choose to make it your wide receiver. Or you can make it your running back or your tight end. But there are only so many guys, there are only so many passes to go around. You have to be smart with how you distribute those."
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:49:26 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said Thursday, Feb. 23, he believes the team will ultimately agree to a long-term contract extension with impending free-agent RB Matt Forte. "Matt is going to play his football for the Chicago Bears, you start with that," Smith said. "In time, hopefully we can get an agreement in place that suits Matt and we feel comfortable with. I think it's just a matter of time. That will happen eventually."
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:15:01 -0800
Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said Tuesday, Jan. 31, that he hopes head coach Lovie Smith gets a contract extension after a successful 2012 season. "We feel Lovie is a top coach and obviously you read everything that has been written and fans want wins. And so do we," Phillips said. A decision on Smith's status beyond 2012 is up to new general manager Phil Emery, who will have the same authority as his predecessor Jerry Angelo.
Thu, 05 Jan 2012 07:40:17 -0800
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler met with head coach Lovie Smith Tuesday, Jan. 3, to let Smith know that he was in favor of moving on without offensive coordinator Mike Martz before the coaches had met. Martz and the Bears parted ways Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Tue, 03 Jan 2012 08:25:22 -0800
The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday, Jan. 3, that head coach Lovie Smith will return for the 2012 season.
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 07:48:28 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith snapped Wednesday, Dec. 28, when asked whether offensive coordinator Mike Martz will return next season. "What kind of question is that anyway, at this time?" Smith said. "What kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?" In recent weeks, Martz has been forced to address his name being linked to college openings and then a report that he will not return in 2012.
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 06:17:28 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith wasn't prepared to disclose plans to make a change at quarterback following Week 15. "Open?" Smith asked about the quarterback position. "I mean, it's right after the game and we're disappointed in our performance today in the quarterback position. But I can't tell you any more than that." QBs Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown combined to throw four interceptions - two returned for touchdowns - in Week 15.
Tue, 06 Dec 2011 06:10:39 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith was put off by multiple reports that offensive coordinator Mike Martz will not return in 2012. Martz is in the final year of his deal. "If there's a change that will be made, I'll be making it, and I definitely haven't discussed that with anyone," Smith said. "So, I'm sure there are a lot of things out there that people make up. That has to be made up because nothing like that came from me. It should definitely stop right there."
Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:16:33 -0700
A week after expressing a need to run the ball more, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said he needs to receive more from the passing game moving forward. The Bears rank 25th in the NFL in passing offense. "You just look at our offense right now, we need to get more from our passing game," Smith said. "We got more from our running game last week."
Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:04:36 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said that the team plans to run the ball more going forward. In Week 2, the Bears had just 12 rushes and 51 pass plays. "I know the balance as far as run/pass wasn't there," Smith said. "All I can say is we'll get it better. We can't win football games with that kind of balance."
Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:21:49 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said FS Major Wright (head, neck) did not suffer a concussion in Week 2 but did suffer a head injury as well as a stiff neck.
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:12:05 -0700
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is not in favor of the rule that NFL owners passed Tuesday, March 22, that moves kickoffs up to the 35-yard line beginning next season, according to ESPNChicago.com's Michael Wright. Touchbacks will remain at the 20-yard line. "You just wonder how did we get to this point?" Smith said before the rule passed. "First off, I can't believe we're really talking about it, the most exciting play in football. You would think we would want to keep that in."
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:17:19 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said during the NFL Scouting Combine Friday, Feb. 25, that QB Jay Cutler would not be supplanted by backup QB Caleb Hanie next season, according to NFL.com. "I wouldn't ask for any quarterback except for Jay Cutler," Smith said.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 07:34:22 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said the team will head into free agency looking to sign impact players, according to ESPNChicago.com.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 07:33:34 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said the offensive line is one of the areas the team wants to improve, according to ESPNChicago.com.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 06:10:50 -0800
The Chicago Bears announced Friday, Feb. 25, they have agreed with head coach Lovie Smith on a two-year contract extension, according to Larry Mayer, of ChicagoBears.com. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:43:09 -0800
There might be a new contract for Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith within the next two weeks, according to John Mullin, of CSNChicago.com. The deal is expected to add two years and give Smith a salary in the range of $5.5 million for 2011, up from $4.8 million in 2010.
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 07:24:33 -0800
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith defended QB Jay Cutler's toughness and leadership, according to ChicagoBears.com. "I think he's been a great leader," Smith said. "First off, guys always watch you - in the classroom, on the practice field and of course your play on game day. And they like what they've seen from him in that sense. Jay is a tough guy, and the quarterback of the Chicago Bears should be a tough guy. The number of hits Jay took this past season, our guys saw that he constantly got up, didn't complain, and took responsibility for what was happening with our offense. To me, that's a leader."
Sun, 30 Jan 2011 15:37:53 -0800
Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo indicated the team may be able to agree on a contract extension with head coach Lovie Smith in the next few weeks, report CBSSports.com.