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Report: Bears have asked permission to interview coaches

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At this point, the Bears have not fired head coach Lovie Smith.

But they’re apparently working on replacing him already.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears have already asked other teams permission to interview head coaching candidates. There’s a cart-before-the-horse quality that’s obvious, as there has been no word on Smith’s future.

He’s missed the playoffs five of the last six seasons, and is entering the final season of his contract. It’s hardly a stable position, and they’re apparently not willing to let him offer up another offensive coordinator.

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25 Responses to “Report: Bears have asked permission to interview coaches”
  1. bucslose says: Dec 31, 2012 10:48 AM

    At this point, he HAS been fired. Its already been reported.

  2. RexCanCoach says: Dec 31, 2012 10:49 AM

    Sparano should be available sometime later on today…just sayin’

  3. dezno24 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:49 AM

    He has been fired. Finally a change is coming!

  4. pterodonktyl says: Dec 31, 2012 10:52 AM

    Promote Mike Tice.

  5. larryboodry says: Dec 31, 2012 10:53 AM

    Typical McCaskey class and mis-management…Let Smith twist in the wind while they search for his replacement.

  6. allgrls says: Dec 31, 2012 10:53 AM

    Let’s see Marinelli takes the Lions to 0-16, then comes to the Bears and more of the same…But he is a great guy…if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck it must be a duck!

  7. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 31, 2012 10:53 AM

    Next coach of this team will not do as well or last as long as Lovie did with this “stellar organization”.

  8. dainfamousac says: Dec 31, 2012 10:56 AM

    New coach will not help. The powder puff QB is their problem.

  9. stanleyhalas says: Dec 31, 2012 10:57 AM

    Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! On second thought, lovie hasn’t been a terrible coach, but his inability to put a competent offense on the field has kept him from being considered a great coach. I trust Phil E. for the moment and hope we get a coach that we can consider great.

    Wish everyone on the coaching staff the best, most of them won’t be on the open market for long, good luck at your next destination.

  10. howiehandles says: Dec 31, 2012 10:58 AM

    Time for a change.

  11. haroldkahoney says: Dec 31, 2012 10:59 AM

    He should be every other team that is looking’s top priority.

  12. xerocc says: Dec 31, 2012 11:00 AM

    yeah, won’t matter who the coach is

  13. tannethrill says: Dec 31, 2012 11:01 AM

    Didn’t Ross get killed in the media for doing this with Harbaugh?

  14. brassknuckles47 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:01 AM

    Lovie Smith: the Norv Turner of the NFC.

  15. chefklm says: Dec 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    Come to Philadelphia coach Smith….

  16. electionconfidential says: Dec 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    I think the Bears will look back on this decision with a lot of regret. Smith has done a lot for Chicago and may just need a little more time to get them where they want to be. This is the kind of firing that usually comes back to bite an organization.

    Ironic that the Jets are keeping Ryan, but the Bears are likely to get rid of Smith…

  17. myroncopesflask says: Dec 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    There should be an annual Head Coach draft. Only NON-Playoff teams can draft a new coach. Teams can protect their coach from being drafted by using their franchise tag on them. If a coach gets draft by a crappy team like the Browns or Chefs(intentional) too bad so sad.

  18. KIR says: Dec 31, 2012 11:04 AM

    lol, the cubs did the same with Dusty Baker and have been horrible every since. Watch, the Bears won’t go to the playoffs again the next FIVE years.

  19. tgriffin2012 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:06 AM

    dainfamousac says:
    Dec 31, 2012 10:56 AM
    New coach will not help. The powder puff QB is their problem.

    Obviously you dont look at the Bears!!!! Powder Puff, you can’t name 1 QB that takes the hits this guy takes and keep ticking!

    It’s the darn O-Line and playcalling that has killed the Bears! If you go buy DorectTV and listen to the announcers professional overview of Jay Cutler to a man talks nothing but about his toughness…so before you hate get your facts right!

  20. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 31, 2012 11:19 AM

    If the new coach comes in and says his first goal is to beat Green Bay, just fire him right away.

  21. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 11:27 AM

    tgriffin2012 says:
    Dec 31, 2012 11:06 AM
    dainfamousac says:
    Dec 31, 2012 10:56 AM
    New coach will not help. The powder puff QB is their problem.

    Obviously you dont look at the Bears!!!! Powder Puff, you can’t name 1 QB that takes the hits this guy takes and keep ticking!

    It’s the darn O-Line and playcalling that has killed the Bears! If you go buy DorectTV and listen to the announcers professional overview of Jay Cutler to a man talks nothing but about his toughness…so before you hate get your facts right!
    __________________________________

    The only people that question Cutler’s toughness are people that don’t watch a Bears game on a regular basis. I agree with this guy, all of the announcers have praised his toughness. The only people who question it are the announcers on Sunday and Monday Night Football, who still bring up the NFC Championship game from years ago and his pouting on the sidelines. Seriously, the have a camera that follows him to the sideline after every play. No one cares about his productivity, they care about his emotions.
    Stop reaching.

  22. yanks33 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:35 AM

    I’d rather have Lovie Smith then Jason Garrett…

  23. zo121179 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:35 AM

    Sad to see you go Lovie. Good luck to you mate!

  24. snikerbotloot says: Dec 31, 2012 11:48 AM

    Do they still need to fulfill the Rooney Rule since Lovie was minority?

  25. themackstrong says: Dec 31, 2012 12:06 PM

    The Bears and their fans need to be ready for rebuilding. I mean you can’t argue that Bears D didn’t strap up and play at an elite level every game. Did Lovie have GM duties? Great WR, QB, HB – No talent at another or WR slots, TE, offensive line couldn’t run block or pass protect.

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