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.